Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bent Bookmarked Pages are so Yesterday

It is such a treat to have the bright, beautiful, inspirational blogger, crafter and vegan as a friend and guest poster. Alana is a generous and creative soul that calls Paddington, Australia home. I had the pleasure of getting to know her in my travels and found what it looks like when someone is truly and genuinely themselves and dedicated to authenticity. Alana is a walking, talking, cooking, studying, and crafting animal rights and eco friendly ethical soul. I dare you not to fall in love with her

Ever get lost on the page you were reading? Alana has your solution and it is simply lovely.
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Our lovely friend Heidi gifted us The Crafty Minx by Kelly Doust just recently. What a fantastic book! (Thanks Heidz).  It came at the perfect time as I've been looking for some simple projects to perfect my (non-existent) sewing skills. Within the crafty crafty book of goodness there lay a cute idea for creating bookmarks out of fabric. The instructions required the ability to sew straight and cut straight. Two things I definitely thought I could master.

I started out following the book as a guide and then added my own little twists to the bookmarky dudes.

Here's how the story goes -
1. Begin by cutting two rectangle-shaped pieces of material 5cm by 23cm (I pinched mine from my dearest sister). Iron and pin them together so the good side of the material is facing outwards.
2. Cut along one of the 5cm sides of the rectangle with pinking shears. This side will later house some ribbon.
3. Sew around the three straight sides of the rectangle about 7mm away from the edge leaving the fourth side open for the ribbon.
A couple charity ribbon pins we had hanging around looked like they needed a second life - bookmark bling! The ribbons already came folded but if you're using other ribbon you will want to cut a piece about 13cm long, fold in half and iron into place.
4. Pop the ribbon into the open side and then sew over to close it all off.
5. Cut the remaining three sides with the pinking shears.

Now there's really only one thing left to do: grab a good book, brew a pot of chai and kick back with your brand new super-cute bookmark.

Love Alana xx

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