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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Charmed Bookmarks {Homemade Gift Idea}

I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that I was working on these charmed bookmarks yesterday to be some homemade Christmas gifts. Someone asked how I did it and I promised to take pictures and that I’d share with all of you.

This is so simple it’s not even funny.

What you’ll need:

Connector ring thingys (that’s a technical term)
Needle nose pliers (maybe)
Tape measure (optional)
Coordinating thread
Sewing Machine

I found most of the supplies at Hobby Lobby. And when I was there, both ribbon and the charms were 50% off, making for some very cute, very inexpensive gifts.

The great thing is that these can be as simple or as ornate as you want. I like the simplicity of one charm, but you can use a string of them together or add beads as well if you like.

First attach the charm (or charms) to the little connector ring.

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Measure out 12-15 inches of ribbon. Double that length and fold the ribbon in half.

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Thread the ribbon through the connector ring of the charm until the charm is at the half way point. “Eyeball” or measure about 1 inch down from the fold.

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Sew a short line at about that 1 inch point. I like to use a tight zig-zag stitch.

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Make sure you cut the ends into a pretty angle cut.


And you’re done.


The idea is that the charm and ribbon will stick out from your Bible or book just a little.


And with the ribbon being folded and stitched, multiple pages can be marked.



So there it is. Have fun!


Edited on 12/8/09:

This post was linked up for Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.


Melinda said...

This are adorable! I see a future 4H project here! Thanks so much for sharing!

Susan said...

I love the simplicity AND the idea!!! Even I, who does not "sew" could sew this.

rachelizabeth said...

Well, I think I know what I'm giving my sisters for Christmas...

Kay said...

That's really cute! : )

Beckypdj said...

I thought these were so cute. Angie at "Bring the Rain" was asking for homemade gift ideas, so I posted a link to your blog in my comment. I hope you don't mind, maybe I should have asked first?

Cathy said...

So adorable! You are so creative!

~Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

What a fantastic idea! The girls (my daughters) and I could really have a fun time with this.
Thank you for sharing.
Love your blog. Going to add it to my blogroll!