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Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Since I work from home, my office serves multiple functions. It’s my craft room, kid homework/craft area, and home office all in one. Things can get a little messy, but I try to keep it as organized as possible.

We had a big filing cabinet that wasn’t really needed for the amount of papers we have, and I’ve been wanting something different for a while now.  Office Depot and OfficeMax have several exclusive and licensed brands that help me run my small business, so I headed there to find a solution.  I found the Realspace® Magellan Tech Station 2.0, and knew it would be perfect to hold my printer, files, and small office supplies.  It’s way more functional than just a filing cabinet and has just the right amount of space that I need for my files.  Perfect for a small home office! 

All Realspace® furniture and accessories were created under the belief that stylish, productive workspaces shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. They offer flexible, affordable furniture solutions that help my home office function.  The tech station has a slide out shelf for a laptop or keyboard and two filing drawers for letter or legal-size papers.  If you have a smaller printer, you can even put it in the space under the slide out shelf and use the top for a computer monitor. 

The top of the cabinet has two regular outlets and two USB charging ports.  Such a genius thing to add!  The perfect charging station for my smaller electronics.  I currently have my small postage scale plugged in there.  It’s stylish and functional, and they offer a whole line of matching office furniture!

Easy Filing System

I try to keep my papers as organized as possible.  I hate paper clutter, and it’s so easy to get behind on filing.  Over the years, I’ve come up with a pretty easy filing system that I wanted to share with you today.  It works great for my combined home/work office.

I like to keep things pretty simple and just use hanging folders.  Office Depot and OfficeMax offers their brand of supplies that are designed to meet or exceed national brands.  I picked up these Office Depot® Brand 2-Tone Hanging File Folders and I just love the colors!  I can tell that they are well made too.

Since most of what I do is online, I don’t need a ton of files that are strictly for my business.  I have files for business documents, sales tax returns, and patterns.   The rest of my files are for bills, receipts, and other random papers.

I keep a separate file for every year, going back seven years.  Then I have two files in the front for the present year.  Any bills, receipts, pay stubs, or other important documents go into those front files.  There are two of them, since it tends to be a lot in a year.  Anything I get throughout the year, I just put in those files.  No thinking or organizing required. 

I also have a file for insurance, two for tax returns, one for our car, one for the van, and one for genealogy.  You can change them up depending on what kinds of papers you have sitting around.

At the end of each year I do the following:

    1. Go through the oldest file and shred anything that doesn’t need to be kept forever.  Rename that file with the year that just ended.
    2. Go through the “present” files and keep only the most important things.  All of my bills can be found online, so I shred those, along with receipts for smaller purchases and other things I don’t need to keep. 
    3. The more important papers and large purchase receipts go into the new file, with that year written on it.
    4. If you have special files for your business, cars, insurance, etc., sort the papers into those files instead of the year file.

And now you can just close the tech station drawers and no one has to see the messy files!  Everything is easy to find if you need it, and you can start collecting papers for the present year again.

This does take a bit of work at the end of every year, but it’s way better than having a pile of “to be filed” papers sitting around.  I’m so happy to have these Office Depot® Brand products to organize my home office space!  What strategies do you use to keep your home office organized?  I hope my ideas help you, and I’d love to hear yours!

Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This does take a bit of work at the end of every year, but it’s way better than having a pile of “to be filed” papers sitting around.  I’m so happy to have these Office Depot products to organize my home office space!  What strategies do you use to keep your home office organized?  I hope my ideas help you, and I’d love to hear yours!

Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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My kids love making perler bead designs, and I’ve already made a bunch of free perler bead patterns.  They can never get enough, so I made these cute little knight and princess perler bead designs.  As always, these are really easy to make, and you just use square trays.

(This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you click a link and purchase something that I have recommended.)

To make these princess and knight perler bead designs, you’ll need:

  • small perler bead patterns (click the link at the bottom of this post to get them)
  • perler beads – We have this big bucket of beads.
  • perler bead tray – You’ll need a square like this one.

We made a cute little princess perler bead pattern.

She needed a knight, of course.

And he needed a perler bead dragon to fight.

So fun!

If you like this perler bead pattern, make sure to check out my small perler bead patterns and my easy mermaid perler bead patterns.

Download the free knight and princess perler bead design!

Click here to download this pattern.

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The satin stitch has always been something that’s intimidated me.  I decided to challenge myself with an all satin stitch embroidery pattern, and I think I’ve finally conquered my fear.  I designed this pretty succulent embroidery on canvas that turned out beautiful.  I want you to be able to master the satin stitch too, so I made a video for you to watch.  You’ll find that below.

To make this succulent embroidery on canvas, you’ll need:

  • free succulent embroidery pattern – instructions to download are at the bottom of this post
  • embroidery floss – colors listed on pattern
  • fabric – I used a cotton/linen blend.  See my post about best embroidery fabric.
  • 8 x 8 inch canvas
  • upholstery tacks
  • hammer

Here’s a video of me stitching some of the leaves.  Hopefully watching it will help you feel more comfortable with the satin stitch.

 

I love how the light reflects off the threads to pull different shades out of the colors.

I decided to step away from the hoop and mount this one on and 8 x 8 inch canvas. This pattern will also fit in an 8 inch embroidery hoop, if you’d rather hoop frame it.  Check out my post on how to back and embroidery hoop with felt, if you decide to do that.

Center the design on the canvas, wrap the fabric around the sides, fold the raw edges under, and hammer in some upholstery tacks.  Make sure everything is nice and smooth in the front.  You can always take the tacks back out to adjust things.  Mine doesn’t look perfect on the back, but I decided I didn’t care.

It sure looks pretty on the front!

What do you think?  Do you like the embroidery on canvas look?

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I’ve been playing around with the wooden mini embroidery hoops in my shop, and came up with some new mini embroidery patterns to share.  I’m so excited for you to see them all because, of course, I had to make like a million!

I love these mini embroidery hoops because they are such good quality, but still inexpensive.  You can purchase them by themselves or with a chain for a necklace.  Oh, and these free mini embroidery patterns should fit my metal embroidery pendants too.  Click here to see all of the embroidery supplies that I sell in my shop.

To make these mini embroidery hoops, you’ll need:

I re-created my floral unicorn embroidery pattern on a much smaller scale for this one.  Make sure you make really tiny split stitches!

I made a new unicorn necklace pattern with just a unicorn face.  Isn’t it cute?!  My girls are both eyeing it.

Then I went a little mid-century modern / boho / geometric / I don’t really know with these ones.  The “marbled” one was definitely the most difficult to stitch up, but it’s so pretty.  You can make it in any colors.  I had to blow up the image on the pattern so you can see all of the colors.

I also live the simplicity of these arrows.

And the minni succulent embroidery?!  I die!!!

These ones are all made using the 1 inch hoop and kind of have a similar theme of love.  Notice that you can also use the hoops for embroidered key chains!

And then, of course, I had to stitch some mermaid mini embroidery hoops.  The tail one is a recreation of my mermaid embroidery hoop pattern.

The mermaid scales were a bit challenging with all of the tiny satin stitches, but I got it done.  I just have to tell myself that nothing needs to be perfect with embroidery.  In the pattern, the design extends beyond the hoop, so you can make sure all of the fabric is covered.

That’s all of them!  Which one is your favorite?  I think the cute mini unicorn face wins for me.

And if you’re looking for something else, my free hand embroidery necklace patterns should fit the wooden circle hoops.  The oval ones might need some resizing, but I’m hoping to revise those soon, so you can use them on the mini wooden embroidery hoops too.

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My kids wanted to learn how to make friendship bracelets, but it proved to be too difficult a task for them to master.  Last summer we learned the absolute easiest way to make friendship bracelets, and I just had to share.  This method is so easy that even my kindergartner can do it, but fun enough that older kids will enjoy it too.  Now my kids are bracelet making fools!

The easiest way for me to show you how to make the bracelets is with a video, so I made a little how to make friendship bracelets video for you to watch.  If you are using an ad blocker, you may need to turn it off to see the video.  You can also watch it on my YouTube channel.

 

To make friendship bracelets, you’ll need:

  • pearl cotton or embroidery floss – 7 strands
  • old cereal box
  • a pen
  • scissors
  • a cup (or other object to trace a circle)

Trace a circle on the cereal box and mark a dot in the middle of the circle.  It does not need to be perfect.

Cut out the circle and poke a hole through the center of the circle with your pen, where you made a mark.

Cut 8, evenly spaced, slits around the circle.

Cut 7 pieces of embroidery floss about the length from your hand to your shoulder.

Line up the ends of the floss and tie a double knot.

Thread the strands through the back of the hole.  Make sure the knot stays on the back side.

Thread each of the strands through the slits on the front.  One slit will be empty.  Always keep the empty slit on the bottom of the circle while you work.

Count to the right, 3 strands.  Remove the strand from that slit.

Put the strand in the empty slit at the bottom.  This creates a new empty slit.  Now turn the circle so that empty slit is at the bottom.  Continue with this action over and over. 

The bracelet will start to form on the other side of the cardboard.  Once it is long enough, remove the bracelet from the circle.

Tie a knot in the loose end, as close to the bracelet as possible. Trim the excess thread, leaving about 2 inches.

That’s it!  The actual bracelet formation takes a while, but I found that my kids were actually patient enough to finish using this method. 

Now you can keep your kids busy all summer long learning how to make friendship bracelets!

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Having a craft business, my work space gets pretty messy.  When you add in all of the “business” stuff, like receipts, forms, and invoices, things can get a little chaotic.  Since I know some of you have crafty businesses of your own, I thought I’d show you a little behind the scenes action and give you some ideas to increase productivity.

Workonomy Services from Office Depot

Office Depot provides lots of great options for small businesses with their Workonomy business services.  They have nearly 1400 locations to assist you with tech support, print/copy services, shredding, shipping, marketing and more.  It’s like having a team of business partners without actually having to hire employees.  Go to Office Depot’s Workonomy services page to learn more. 

Office Depot and Alibaba

Office Depot has also just teamed up with Alibaba to provide up to $2000 in discounts on supplies and services to get your business started the right way.  Save on things like office supplies, business cards, and shipping supplies just for shopping on Alibaba.  This is so great for me since I’m always looking for new products to buy and resell in my shop.  Click here to learn more about Office Depot’s collaboration with Alibaba.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

Using the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 that I received from Office Depot to try, I’ve been able to save time and make my business more efficient.  I feel like my business has leveled up thanks to the functionality of this printer.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is so much more than a printer! Its features include:

  • All in one: Color print, copy, scan, fax
  • Both wireless and wired networking
  • Smart Tasks shortcuts to save time
  • Ability to print & scan from anywhere
  • Self-healing Wi-Fi
  • Best-in-class security
  • Voice-enabled printing
  • Auto 2-sided document feeder

This machine is designed to increase productivity and save time.  One of the neatest features is the ability to set up HP Smart Tasks shortcuts.  You can easily program custom tasks to do a combination of scanning, printing, and emailing documents all at the same time!

I also love that I have the ability to print and scan documents straight from my phone. The HP Smart app lets you get work done wherever, whenever with the best-in-class mobile print experience.  No more waiting for the computer to boot up or having to email things from my phone to computer to print.  I can print packing slips and shipping labels so much faster now!  You can also take photos of documents from your phone, and the program will clean them up to turn into a PDF to print or email.  So neat!

Designing embroidery patterns has also gotten easier with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015’s scanning ability.  My sketches scan into the computer easily and quickly. From there, I can use another program to trace over them and turn them into svg files for my patterns.

I’m so excited to explore all the possibilities this new printer provides for my small business!  Click here to get your own HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 or learn about other HP products and start increasing your productivity today.

Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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I never want my children to feel like they have to buy gifts for me on Mother’s Day.  Generally we try to keep it about service, but I will accept DIY Mother’s Day gifts.  Those are, after all, the best gifts that my children can give me.  Way more appreciated than any store bought card or item.  I have a lot of great DIY Mother’s Day gifts on my site, so I put together a little roundup to easily find them.

DIY Mother's Day Gifts
Over 20 DIY Mother's Day gifts that you can make today.
Silhouette Mother's Day Gift

Custom silhouette hoop art from fabric scraps. Make one for each of your children with their names embroidered on them.

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Bookmarks from Felt Flowers

Learn how to make fun felt flowers and turn them into elastic bookmarks.

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Pounded Flower Tote

Use real flowers and pound the color out of them to dye a tote bag. Really fun for kids!

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Fruit Stamped Tea Towel Craft

Use cut fruit to stamp on tea towels.

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Free Hand Embroidery Necklace Patterns

Create beautiful hand embroidered necklaces with these free patterns and instructions.

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Bloom Hand Embroidery Pattern

Step-by-step guide to show you how to embroider and create this lovely "Bloom" embroidery hoop.

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Doily Heart DIY Tote Bag

Cute tote bag with a doily sewn inside.

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Embroidered Initial Necklace Tutorial

Make necklaces with pretty embroidered initials.

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Sharpie Dot DIY Flower Pots

Put stickers on a pot and make dots all around them. A fun DIY Mother's Day gift for kids to make.

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How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric

Use vintage doilies or scraps of fabric to make these no-sew bookmarks.

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Felt Bow Bookmarks

Beautiful felt bow bookmarks. Easy to make and fun to use!

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DIY Magnets with Flower Embroidery Patterns

Use little bits of embroidery and cover button kits to make beautiful magnets. Free patterns included!

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Vinyl DIY Garden Markers with Free Silhouette Cut File

Use your cutting machine to make garden markers on rocks. Great DIY Mother's Day gift for the mom who likes to garden!

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Definition Art Tea Towels

These definition art tea towels are so cute and inexpensive to make.

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Heart Flower Embroidery Design

Follow my embroidery tutorials to make this heart flower embroidery design. Free pattern!

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Cross Stitch Rose Burlap Bag

Use your cross stitch skills to make this gorgeous burlap bag.

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DIY Picnic Quilt from Old Jeans

Upcycle denim jeans to make this adorable picnic quilt, complete with carrying strap!

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Home Sweet Home Trailer Embroidery Hoop

For the mom who likes to travel in her camper, make this sweet "Home Sweet Home" camper hoop.

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Family Tree Art Tutorial

If your mom loves family history, she will die over this gift! Use a computer program to shape names into a tree and get it printed on canvas.

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How to Make a Weighted Blanket

If your mom has trouble sleeping at night, she may benefit from a weighted blanket. Learn how to make one with this tutorial.

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I hope you this gave you some good inspiration for DIY Mother’s Day gifts!  What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received or given?

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Today I have an absolutely adorable and easy Easter craft for kids.  I made these bunny pipe cleaner finger puppets with my kids a couple years ago, and they loved playing with them.  I thought I’d share a quick tutorial so you can make them with your kids this Easter. 

These are really easy to make and don’t require many supplies.  I already had everything that I needed in my kids’ craft bin.

This Easter craft for kids is so easy to make! All you need is:

  • a white pipe cleaner
  • a white pom pom
  • 2 small googly eyes
  • hot glue gun

First, fold the pipe cleaner in half, making a “V” shape.

Curve the ends over leaving about an inch and a half at “V” part of the pipe cleaner.  These are going to be the ears.

Twist the ears around to secure them in place.

Cross the ends of the pipe cleaner over each other to form a circle.  Make sure the tip of your finger fits in it and twist a coupe times to secure.

Repeat to make another circle that is slightly larger.

Wrap the excess pipe cleaner around the bottom of the bunny shape.  If you have a lot of excess, you can even trim some off with a pair of scissors.

Bend the bottom circle back at an angle.

Hot glue the pom pom onto the top of the bottom circle to give the bunny a fluffy little tail.

Put two little googly eyes on your bunny.  You can either have an adult hot glue them or get googly eyes that already have a sticky back.

The finger puppets should fit on your finger like so.  I think I might love the back more than the front!  Such a cute little tail!

A fun and simple Easter craft for kids!

You might also enjoy these other pipe cleaner Easter crafts:

Kids Easter Craft – Pipe Cleaner Bunny Ears

Giant Pipe Cleaner Bunny Easter Craft

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My aunt has been suffering with sleep issues for a while now.  She posted something about weighted blankets on Facebook, and I decided to try and figure out how to make a weighted blanket for an adult.  I’ve read so many things about how great they are for people with autism, anxiety, or trouble sleeping, but they can be really expensive!  I gave my aunt the DIY weighted blanket a couple weeks ago, and she said she had the best night sleep she’d had in over a year!  I thought I’d show you how to make one yourself.

We live in California, so the summers can get very hot.  I decided to make the weighted blanket with a removable cover and without batting.  The inside is just a regular quilter’s cotton filled with poly pellets, and I made the cover out of a nice cushy fleece.  If I could do it over again, I think I might have used a thicker fabric for the inside.  The cotton is nice and cool, but it seemed a little fragile.  The blanket gets REALLY heavy with all of the pellets.  It almost feels like if you picked it up the wrong way, it might rip.  Or maybe cotton is stronger than I think it is?  Anyway, if you have suggestions for a different fabric, I’m all ears!

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Supplies:

  • 1.5 yards of wide cotton fabric (Make sure you get WIDE fabric, not the regular bolts of cotton.  You need enough to cut a 49 x 67 inch rectangle.)
  • 2 yards of fleece OR 1.5 yards of extra wide fleece
  • poly pellets – These are the ones I used. (They have since changed the main photo on the listing, and the product looks different.  I’d double check the weight if you use the same ones.)
  • thread
  • pins
  • scissors
  • kitchen or postage scale
  • disappearing pen (optional)

Calculations

Before we get to the how to make a weighted blanket tutorial, we have to do a little math.  Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to walk you through it.  If you are making it for an adult, you can mostly just copy what did.

Size: My adult size blanket had a finished size of 48 x 66 inches.  When it’s done, it ends up being a bunch of 6 x 6 inch squares with pellets in each one.  Imagine a bunch of bean bags sewn together, but it’s all one piece of fabric.  Whatever size you make the blanket, make sure it’s divisible by 6 or make the small squares a different size.  Add an inch to the total length and width measurements to allow for 1/2 inch seams.  So I started with fabric cut to be 49 x 67 inches for my blanket with a final size of 48 x 66.  Whatever size you make it, remember that you want most of the blanket to be on the person’s body.

Total Weight: You want the blanket to be about 10% of the person’s body weight.  So a 100 lb person would have a 10 lb blanket, a 150 lb person would have a 15 lb blanket, and a 200 lb would have a 20 lb blanket, etc.

Weight of Each Square:  You also need to calculate the amount of poly pellets that go in each square. Different brands of pellets will weigh different amounts, so you should use a kitchen or postage scale to figure out how much yours weigh.  Here’s how much the ones I used weigh: 1/4 cup=1.5oz, 1/2 cup=3oz, 1/3 cup=1.8oz, 2/3 cup=3.6oz. (They have since changed the main photo on the listing, and the product looks different.  I’d double check the weight if you use the same ones.)

To calculate the amount of pellets for each square, here’s the equation:

weight of the blanket (in pounds) x 16 ÷ number of squares = ounces for each square

For my 20 lb blanket with 88 squares, I calculated 20 x 16 ÷ 88 = 3.64 ounces.  2/3 of a cup is 3.6 ounces, so that’s how much I put in each square.

How to Make a Weighted Blanket

Cut two pieces of fabric 49 x 67 inches.  Pin and sew them, right sides together with a 1/2 in seam, leaving one 49 inch side completely open. Use the opening to turn the blanket right side out.  Poke out all of the corners and iron the seams flat.  Top stitch around the three sewn sides of the blanket, getting as close to the edge as you can.

Measure 6 inches from one long side, and mark with a disappearing pen or pin along that line.  Starting at the short, sewn edge, sew along the line. Stop 1 inch before reaching the open edge.  Repeat, sewing a vertical line every 6 inches.

Here’s a little diagram to show you how everything should look.

Now for the fun part!  Add the amount of pellets that goes in a single square down each row. Make sure they go all the way to the other end of the blanket.  I made a funnel out of a piece of paper to make this part easier.

Next, measure 6 inches from the sewn short edge of the blanket and mark a horizontal line to sew.  Make 100% sure that those pesky little pellets don’t get under your needle.  I broke my needle sewing the first row, and learned to be more careful.  You can see in the photo below, I’ve already sewn the first row.  After you fill the row with pellets, scoot them all the way down and use LOTS of pins to keep them away from where you need to sew. 

Sew along the horizontal line at the 6 inch mark.  You can see here how I did the sewing.  The pellets are all safely away from my needle on the left, and I’m following the line that I made with more needles on the right.  Remove the guide needles as you go, and remove the needles holding the pellets back when you finish sewing the line.

Once you have filled the final row with pellets, turn the raw edges in and pin it shut.  Sew a top stitch along the open side, close to the edge.  Here’s another diagram:

To make the cover, cut two pieces of fleece 49 x 67 inches.  Pin and sew them, right sides together with a 1/2 in seam, leaving about an 18 inch opening in the middle of one of the short sides. Use the opening to turn the blanket right side out.

Put the weighted blanket inside the cover.  It might be kind of difficult to get everything where you want it to be, especially with the weight and floppy-ness of the blanket.  No need to sew the opening as the fleece fabric will not fray.  You could add some snaps or something if you really wanted to.

When picking up the blanket, I suggest scooping it up from the middle.  That will help keep everything in place.  It will definitely try to bunch up if picked up a lot, but I figure you won’t really be carrying it around much.

I’m amazed that something as simple as a DIY weighted blanket can make such a difference helping people sleep!  Have you tried using a weighted blanket?  I’d love to know your experience with it.

If you liked this tutorial, also take a look at my no-sew fleece blankets with a braided edge and my tutorial on how to make a tie blanket from fleece.  Want to use up your fleece scraps?  Here are 20 adorable things to make with fleece scraps.

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When going through my great grandmother’s things, we found a few beautiful old handkerchiefs.  Not knowing what I would do with them, I took them home until I came up with an idea.  I finally found a use for some of them and made a tutorial for how to make bookmarks from fabric.  They are completely no-sew fabric bookmarks, so anyone can make them.  If you like this project, make sure you also check out my DIY Bookmarks post.

Now I can enjoy the  beauty of the old hankies and think about my great grandmother every time I use the bookmarks.

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To make these no-sew fabric bookmarks, you’ll need:

How to Make Bookmark from Fabric

Start by drawing a 2 x 6 inch rectangle on the paper side of your interfacing.

Position the interfacing, paper-side-up, on the “wrong” side of your handkerchief.  Iron it down and let it cool.  If your handkerchiefs are thin, like mine were, use a piece or parchment paper to protect your ironing board from the interfacing.   The stickiness on mine seeped through a little.

Cut out the rectangle.

Peel off the paper backing.

Place your rectangle on top of your thicker fabric, with the interfacing side down.  Make sure it’s a solid fabric with no print.  White worked great for mine!  Iron it down and let it cool.

Cut out your rectangle again, with some fabric scissors.  Then trim both sides with the scalloped shears, to make a pretty design on the edge.  You can use regular pinking shears for this as well, but I really like the scallops.

You can totally play around with this tutorial and use different scraps of fabric.  They don’t have to be handkerchiefs.  I made some for my girls with scraps of some unicorn fabric that I had sitting around.  They love them!

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How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric
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Learn how to make bookmarks with vintage hankies or scraps of fabric. No sewing required!
Materials
  • vintage handkerchief or other scrap of fabric
  • scrap of thick fabric, such as canvas or duck cloth
  • paper backed, no-sew, fusible interfacing (Heat 'n Bond Ultrahold)
  • parchment paper
Tools
  • ruler
  • pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • scallop fabric shears or pinking shears
Instructions
  1. Draw a 2 x 6 inch rectangle on the paper side of your interfacing.
  2. Position the interfacing, paper-side-up, on the "wrong" side of your handkerchief. Iron it down and let it cool.
  3. Cut out the rectangle.
  4. Peel off the paper backing.
  5. Place your rectangle on top of your thicker fabric, with the interfacing side down. Iron it down and let it cool.
  6. Cut out your rectangle again, with some fabric scissors. Then trim both sides with the scalloped shears, to make a pretty design on the edge.
Notes

Use parchment paper to protect your ironing board.

© Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
Category: Sewing
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