Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Bookmarks

I made scads of these bookmarks and gave them away to almost everyone on my list.  I only photographed a few, however, due to the lassitude of my December. (I also sewed a red-and-white striped infinity scarf for my sister-in-law and hotpads for my mother-in-law, but alas, no photos)


I adore making these bookmarks because each one is a chance to play with color and texture and takes maybe 15 minutes to make.  You can see the possibilities here, right?  Some sort of fabric medallion attached to an elastic loop.  I used felt and a pinking shears, but it could easily be patchwork, a quilted scrap, lace, or leather.  A useful way to use up tiny, pretty scraps!

Genevieve has yet to use hers in a book. 

I saw her reading Barbie in space (ugh) tonight.  As a treat for Christmas vacation, I took the children to the library and let them check out as many books as they wanted to carry home.  And I didn't say no like I usually do to trashy books, baby books, or books that we already own.  They were jubilant and I was grinning as they struggled their bags of books home.


  1. Clara was wearing mine and saying what a nice fascinator it would make!

  2. That is very very clever, Margo - an elastic for a bookmark, with a decoration! Very cute.

  3. Multi-functional :)

    I still like to read young adult level books when I'm in need of comfort reading. Maybe it's the same for kids choosing to read below their capability. Some days we stretch; others, we fold inward. I love the mental picture of kids happily lugging bags of books!

  4. I love the bookmark idea, I think I'll bookmark it for next year! 😃

  5. This is a GREAT idea! I love it!!!

  6. What a great idea- bookmarks that don't fall out when you pick the book up! And they double up as hairbands so your hair doesn't get in your eyes when you read...


  7. I love the bookmark idea! I only just came across your blog and its fantastic! I've just started my own thrifting blog and I hope mine is a successful as yours one day. The link to my blog is I'd love for you to check it out :)

    Kirsten xx

  8. This combines two of my favorite loves--reading and crafting. AND using scraps, too! Great idea. I will have to make some of these!


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