Thursday, February 09, 2012

Felt Flower Bookmark...


I received a wonderful gift for Christmas from my son and daughter-in-law. They stood in line for hours to get two autographed copies of "The Cupcake Diaries" -- one for me and one for a niece who is in love with their show!


This is the recipe book and memoir of sisters, Katherine and Sophie, of the hit TLC series DC Cupcakes. It's a fabulous book with many of their wonderful recipes and a lot of savvy advice and encouragement to follow dreams. {I've been lucky enough to taste a variety of Georgetown Cupcakes from their store, and, believe me, they live up to the hype!} It's a recipe book I would recommend for women who love to bake. Mother's Day is coming up in a few months... just sayin'.

The other day I was perusing Pinterest and came upon a delightful bookmark.  I got to thinking it was just what I needed to hold my recipe book's page open while I bake. {It's so frustrating to have the pages of a recipe book flip closed when you are in the middle of creating!} Here's what I came up with:

Felt Flower Bookmark...

Supplies:
felt
elastic headbands
hot glue gun & sticks

Start with some elastic headbands that you can find at most grocery stores, pharmacies, or dollar stores...


Begin by cutting a round circle of felt and filling it in with flowers. Follow this tutorial at Infarrantly Creative to create your flowers. There are a lot of great tutorials on how to make felt flowers, but I really like Beckie's because she demonstrates variations for this lovely fabric flower...


I added a couple of green leaves to the mix as well. Then I took my headband and sized it to the book. I had to make it a little smaller by cutting it at the seam, taking a little off, and sewing it back together. Hot glue your flowery circle to the headband. Then finish it off on the underside by covering the headband with another circle of felt...


If you'd rather, you can make a more simple bookmark by making one large flower and using one of the smaller headbands. This bookmark might be better for paperback novels, but it worked well for my heavier recipe book as well...



I think a bookmark and favorite book would make a delightful gift 
for a mother of any age on Mother's Day!

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5 comments:

Jillian said...

So cute! I'm reading The Hunger Games trilogy right now and the flimsy piece of paper I use as a bookmark right now just isn't cutting it! I'm going to have to make one for me and one for Joe for his law books. Without the pretty flowers, of course. Maybe I'll make a felt football.

kisa said...

I love this so much. What did you use to cut the felt circles? I am looking for a felt cutter but am interested in options besides machines like the cricut and silhouette. Are there any hand cutting things that cut felt? Anyway, this bookmark really is perfect!

@jill: I've been dying to read hunger games! Also, I'm sure joe wouldn't mind the flowers if they were in boy colors...blue, green, gray...ya know ;)

Suzanne said...

Kisa, The felt circles are cut with pinking shears -- scissors with a sheared edge meant for cutting fabric. Go here for an example:

http://www.joann.com/fiskars-9-pinking-shears/prd2873/

annemarie said...

This is a great idea - thanks for sharing.

Julie Snow said...

Very pretty! And what thoughtful kids to give you that present!