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How To Make Quick & Easy Fabric Book Marks

I am excited to have a talented guest on my blog today.  Mara, from The Quilt In Progress, is sharing how to make the cutest, and quickest, fabric book marks.  Take is away, Mara!

I cannot be the only one who has a big ‘ol bucket of fabric scraps . . . or two.  I diligently fill my bucket with every last fabric scrap, certain that I will turn them into something beautiful.  I have a long list of scrap projects in mind.  Yet, my bucket is full and not much is made.

That is until I created these DIY Fabric Bookmarks!  This project is perfect because it requires only 4″ × 4″  pieces of fabric, you can use all scraps.  They make the perfect gift.  The only extra materials you need are a little interfacing and thread.  Did I mention they are super fast to make?

To start:

 1. (3) 4×4” squares of fabric.  Your fabric can be all matching, different, or a mix.  There is no right way to do it.
2. (2) 4×4” squares of interfacing.  Note: For interfacing, I prefer Pellon 911FF featherweight.  It gives your bookmark a little flex, but enough stability to protect the pages of the books.  I would not recommend getting anything lighter. If you want to use a stiffer interfacing it wouldn’t hurt the final product, it is just preference.  You can always experiment with these if you have different types available at home.
i. Cut one square of interfacing in half diagonally to make a triangle.  See photo below for reference.  Note: You will only use one half of the triangle.

After you have cut all your pieces, it is time to start ironing the interfacing to your fabric.

3.  Using the fabric that you want to hang over the pages of the book, Iron the half triangle interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric.

4. Then iron the square in half over the interfacing. This will create a triangle of fabric with interfacing in the center, with right sides having an open seam.

5. Using the fabric square that you want to be the back of the bookmark, iron the full square of interfacing to the wrong side of that fabric square.

6. Layer your squares like the photo below, right sides together.  The bottom layer is your NON-interfaced full square right side up.  Your triangle is in the middle.  Make sure the open corner with open seams is facing the top right.  Last, place your interfaced square, right side down.

7. Pin your layers together and sew with a 1/8″ seam allowance around the entire edge leaving a 1.25-inch opening so you can turn it right side out later. (Make sure this opening is on one of the 2 sides with only 2 layers, opposite the triangle. It makes it easier to close the opening after turning the bookmark right-side-out).

8. Carefully trim the corners, and turn right side out.

Top stitch around the entire edge at 1/8″ seam allowance to close the opening.

That’s it! You’re done! You have a quick, fun, useful project to use up all those little bits of fabric.

Thank you, Mara!  This is so fun and quick, I am looking through my scraps now so I can make one.

Be sure to leave a comment sharing what you liked most about this tutorial, and what fabrics you want to use to make your DIY Fabric Bookmark!

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My Favorite Classic Quilt Block

*Steps to Making a Quilt Top using this Traditional Quilt Block Below*

Dear Star Flower, how I love thee.  Let me count the ways:

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Star Flower, also known as Eight-Pointed Star
  1. You are simple to make. (Think Half Square Triangles)
  2. Your beauty is timeless. (First appeared in the middle ages)
  3. Simplicity never looked so good.
  4. Your versatility is stunning.
  5. I have you hanging in my quilt room.

Welcome to my turn on the Galentines / Valentines Blog Tour!  I hope you TOOK THE QUIZ to see which Traditional Quilt Block you are paired with.  (You can also enter to win this lovely fabric bundle from Cottoneer below). If you are paired with the Star Flower / Eight Pointed Star, you’re matched with my pick!

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I am going to share a simple way to make this traditional quilt block with a fun twist.  And if you make enough of them, how to put them together to make a quilt top.

I am giving you the easy way to make this block.  We’re going to avoid the diamond shape and Y seams, and stick with using Half Square Triangles.  CLICK HERE to get a cheat sheet on making HST’s.  I’m also designing the block with a slight variation.  The finished block will look like this:

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How is this a variation, you might ask?  Here is a picture of a traditional block without any variations:

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Star Flower, also known as Eight-Pointed Star

To Start:
1. Cut (2) 6″ squares in Color A.
2. Cut (2) 6″ squares in Color B.
3. Draw an ‘X’ on the wrong side of both Fabric B squares.

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4. Place (1) Color A 6″ square RST with (1)  Color B 6″ square.
5. Sew ¼” away from drawn lines.  Dotted lines show where to sew.

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 11.47.47 AM6. Cut on the drawn diagonal lines.  Without moving fabric, cut on the vertical and horizontal lines as well.

7. Press open, with seams toward the darker fabric.  Trim to measure 2 ½” x 2 ½”.
8. Repeat these steps with your second Fabric A and Fabric B 6″ squares.  You will have (16) 2 ½” HST’s.
Arrange your HST’s and sew together to form your Star Flower.  Press seams open as you go.

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Now let’s take this one step further.  You can make (12) Star Flowers to make the following quilt top.  I made a mock up with Amy Sinibaldi’s new Mayflower line for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Eight Pointed Star

To do this, you would just need to add some sashing in between each Star Flower.  It can make a traditional and stunning quilt top.

What do you think?  Is the Star Flower one of your favorite traditional blocks as well?  If you do end up making one of the blocks, be sure to use the following hashtags so we can see your work: #quiltycupid and #QuiltersCandy.

Have you taken the Quilty Cupid Quiz to see which block you are paired with?  And if you haven’t yet,  be sure to enter to win this lovely fabric collection from CottonJoy.  Happy Galentines!

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