Craft Tutorial: Stiffened Fabric Bookmark
I’m so excited that over the weekend, my friend K and her husband are coming down to Brighton for the first time since we moved here – and then I remembered; she had asked me to make her a bookmark (which was quite a while ago. Oops). I looked around my craft supplies for some inspirations, and I found this mighty tool.
Ta-da! Stiffen Stuff, baby! As you can guess from the name, it’s a fabric stiffener (I got it from Amazon UK for about £8). I have a lot of fabric scraps, so I decided to upcycle them into pretty (and dead easy) bookmarks :)
What you’ll need:
- Stiffen Stuff or other fabric stiffener
- fabric scraps
- trims or cords
1) Cut out the fabric into your desired shape. I’m using printed fabric; the birds are heavy-weight fabric, and the owls are light-weight fabric, and they both worked fine.
2) Spray the fabric stiffener until the fabrics are wet. Lay them on a kitchen paper and microwave them until they are dry (mine took about 50 seconds).
See how stiff they are? Brilliant! The light-weight fabrics weren’t stiff enough, so I sprayed some more stiffener and microwaved for another 30 seconds.
3) Iron the fabrics with medium heat for a smooth finish (without the steam).
4) Make a hole with a puncher.
5) Thread trims or cords, and you’re done (told you it was easy)!
I love how they turned out! My friend loves owls, so hopefully she’ll be happy, too :)
Oh, and yes, I named my blog ‘Small Good Things’ after the title of this story (by Raymond Carver). I used to be a total bookworm, and I once read over 100 books in a year when I was studying literature translation. I really miss reading, but at the same time, I quite like spending most of my free time creating something (and on this blog, of course).
I think they may be perfect for stocking fillers as well… what do you think? Anyway, hope you enjoyed the tutorial!