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Make a beautiful Nordic book mark
There is nothing more lovely that receiving a handmade gift-and this little book mark is quickly made, so versatile and will be appreciated for a very long time by the receiver! You can even let the children create a simpler version with a little fabric glue and flat backed sequins!

Posted by Kajsa Kinsella from Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland • Published See Kajsa Kinsella's 8 projects »
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  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 1
    Step 1

    Use the templates and cut out all the pieces you can see on the picture. NOTE that the red stem piece should be slightly wider and longer than the two blue ones.

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 2
    Step 2

    To decorate the light/aqua blue felt pieces, use Fern Stitch: sew three sets of three stitches along each. It`s not as difficult as it looks, but maybe practice on a scrap piece of felt first, to get the hang of it.

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 3
    Step 3

    Decorate the fern stitches with three different tones of beautiful green glass beads each to make the design really pop!

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 4
    Step 4

    Lay one decorated blue part on the red larger centre piece, load a sharp needle with light green embroidery floss and use Blanket Stitch to attach it. Only just nip a little red and then push through the blue, attaching it only to the surface. Don`t sew through to the other side as the second blue part will need to be placed there. When you are done with one side, attach the other one too. Keep the stitches very neat and even for the best result.

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 5
    Step 5

    Decorate the two dark blue tulip parts-use fern stitch and straight stitch to attach the individual pieces. Add a few lovely berry-red glass beads to the flower and wing and finally a sparkly blue eye for our little birdie!

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the two decorated tulip parts back to back, line them up well and wedge the assembled flower stem in between the base. To attach the flower head to the stem, stitch small blanket stitches, joining the parts together. As you come to the base of the tulip, only nip as before the lighter blue and push all the way through the darker blue. Finish sewing all the way up to where we started and secure your thread.

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 7
    Step 7

    Turn the almost finished bookmark over; you will see that the tulip base on this side is still unattached, so let`s nip a little again. Sew it in place and we`re done!

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 8
    Step 8

    If the book mark is very “bubbly”, you can iron it on very low heat under a damp tea towel.

  • How to make a fabric bookmark. Folklore Book Mark - Step 9
    Step 9

    Find a beautiful book and put your lovely book mark to use!

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