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Updated: 2020-03-05 19:34 Views: 66

This is a great project for using up scraps of interesting papers, fabrics, old beads, buttons, ribbonsdecorative pillow cases, and other tidbits. It is simple to do and you can make several of them in a short amount of itme as small gifts or giveaways.

Gather up your paper scraps and small piece of fabrics and other fun stuff. I have some old water color papers, postcards, decorative papers, magazines or advertising, anything that is of interest to you.

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Do the same with your fabrics—I have scraps from various projects, some have stitching on them already, others are samples from fabric suppliers, anything can work! Pieces that are already cut up are sometimes even more interesting to use in your design.

Lay out your samples and see what appeals to you to work with. If you choose a background paper?it should be relatively sturdy. If you choose a background fabric?it should be fused to another piece of fabric to make it sturdier.

On a cutting mat, cut a strip three inches by?ten?inches for your background. I use a scallop or a pinking blade on my rotary cutter to give the edge more interest.

Next choose a strip of another paper or fabric to be used in the center of your bookmark; it can be one piece of paper or a collage of smaller pieces—whatever YOU want.

Center this on your background and tape lightly at one end to hold in place.

Try out stitch widths and thread colors and styles on scraps of paper. I used my Bernina 750 zigzag stitch and variegated thread for the sample shown. I tried various stitch widths and lengths until I found the one that I liked best.

Start stitching at a corner and go along the whole length of your center piece—when you get to the end carefully place you needle in the down position right at the corner so you can make a neat turn. Continue all the way around to your inner rectangle. Carefully end your stitching.?

You could be done at this point or you can add some small additional decorations. I laid out a bunch of possibilities next to my bookmark (to see whether buttons, beads, old necklace bits or other things might look good on the bookmark.

After I chose my items, I chose a?decorative stitch?to hold the items in place near the top of the bookmark center panel.

Sign your name if you like to the back with a marker, and admire your finished project

You may want to spray with a fixative or polyurethane spray to add protection.

In this version I had a photo that I had printed on to cloth with a backing paper. I decided to cut the photo up into multiple bookmarks. I used my rotary cutter with scallop blade.

I could make four bookmarks out of the 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

I used my BERNINA?350 PE zigzag stitch again to create a wavy undulating pattern on the fabric that compliments the water reflection lines. I varied the stitch width as I sewed so the pattern would get wider and narrower.

I completed the stitching and trimming.

Other possibilities include, stitching this to a complimentary background, fusing another fabric to the backside, adding more decorative elements.

I hope this will give you some ideas to begin making some creative use of your scraps and having a collection of little gifts available.

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