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Felt Bow Bookmarks

You guys, something exciting happened while I was traveling for SNAP conference!  I actually had time to read a book!  Ok, so maybe it’s not that exciting, but it’s been so long since I’ve had that kind of time.  I love to read!  I’m about halfway through my book, so I decided to make myself a cute felt bow bookmark.  By the way, I’m reading Divergent.  Have you read it yet?  It’s good, right?

Of course, then I had to make some in different colors.  I think they’d make really great teacher or Mother’s Day gifts.

This is my monthly post as a part of We R Memory Keepers’ Lifestyle Studios Teams, so I received free products.  All opinions are my own.

To make the bookmarks I used:

– felt (wool or a wool blend cuts best)
Evolution die cutting machine from We R Memory Keepers
– bow dies (I used the knotty die set from We R Memory Keepers)
– 1/4 inch elastic
– sewing machine
– needle and thread

Place a thin piece of cardboard on top of your platform.  This helps cut through thicker materials like felt.  Place the dies on top of the cardboard.

Put your felt on top of the dies.

Put your cutting mat on top of the stack and crank them through your die cutting machine a couple of times.

Perfectly cut and ready to assemble!

Cut a piece of elastic 17 inches long.  Overlap the ends about 3/4″ and sew it together.

Assemble your bow and sew it in the middle to keep everything in place. Drape the elastic over the back with the elastic seam in the middle of the bow.  Put the bow face down on your sewing machine with that little flap on the bow straight out so you don’t sew over it.  Sew the elastic to the bow.

You will have stitches going through the front, but now you just take that top flap and fold it over the bow to hide them.

Hand stitch the flap down over the elastic in the back.

And you’re done!  So easy!  And bonus… it could probably double as a hair bow. 🙂

I kinda wanna go read in a public place somewhere to show it off.  Too bad I didn’t get it done before I was traveling.

Read any good books lately?  I’d love some recommendations!

Take a look at these other DIY bookmarks.

DIY Bookmarks

Also take a look at these felt doily coasters!

And this gift card bouquet tutorial.

Also take a look at these fun tween and teen craft ideas!

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Brooklyn at Cook and Craft Me Crazy

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

These are DARLING! I can't wait to make them! xo-Brook

Jessica Anderson

Tuesday 13th of May 2014

Thanks, Brook!

Alexis Middleton

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

These are super cute, Jessica! I read Divergent a few weeks ago and really liked it. Need to get the second book still!

Jessica Anderson

Friday 9th of May 2014

Thanks, Alexis! I need to get the second book now too.


Sunday 4th of May 2014

Very pretty- and I love the colors you chose!

Jessica Anderson

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

Oh, thanks! Choosing colors is always the hardest part for me. :) Glad you like them!

Bree bumblebreeblog

Sunday 4th of May 2014

These are just darling! The colors are perfect. I have so much elastic that I might have to make some of these! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!!

Jessica Anderson

Sunday 4th of May 2014

Thanks, Bree! :)


Friday 2nd of May 2014

For YA fantasy, I don't think you can beat Tamora Pierce. She is a fantastic author who makes really strong female characters set in a more medieval time, and while her earlier books are more simplistic and aimed for a younger audience, her later books are very good. She writes in two distinct universes, "Tortall" and "Emelan"; I personally think her Protector of the Small (First Test, Page, Squire, Lady Knight) and Trickster series (Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen), both from the Tortall universe are a great place for more mature readers to start with her books rather than the earlier, simpler books in that universe.

Sorry, I can rant about her forever; I picked up my first Tamora Pierce book in 7th grade, and I've graduated college and still read them over and over! I have a collection of most of her books, which are among the few that I still read in print rather than on my tablet, so these bookmarks are perfect! I never really liked more traditional bookmarks that you just wedge in.

Jessica Anderson

Sunday 4th of May 2014

Ooh, thanks! I'll definitely have to put those on my list! I'm glad I asked because I usually won't read a book unless someone has recommended it. Thanks so much!

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