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           Bookmark Tutorial

 

          The "block" used here is the "Boston Block" but you can use any one you want. Click on Shortcut Blocks above to see

          the directions for the Boston Block and my other Blocks.  

                           

    

            Now let's put the bookmark together!

 

                 Once you learn how to make the Boston Block then you need to make as many as you like. Here I used a scrappy

                 look but you can use whatever you like for the type of block or the colors you choose. 

                 

                  Next lay the blocks in the two rows as you see in the pictoral below. Sew the blocks together

                  Add borders on two sides. I like to cut them larger than I need and trim them down

                  Trim the ends even with the joined blocks and add the end borders.

                  Trim down the borders to the size you like. I used 7 1/2" x 4 1/2"  Directions continued below the pictoral.

 

 

                     

                        

                    

                            

                

                 

                

                     

                  

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   When you have the bookmark front trimmed then place it face down on your backing fabric

                   Pin it in place and trim the backing to match the front piece.

                   Sew around the bookmark leaving an opening to turn it with.

                   Push or pull the fabric through the opening and use a turning tool or the tip of scissors to push out the corners.

                   Go gently with scissors or the point will poke a hole in the fabric. However this is my favorite way. I use small scissors

                   

                   OKay now you will have an opening to close on the side or end of your bookmark. Once it is turned you can 

                   iron it flat and put it under your sewing machine needle. I start in the top corner and sew along the edge all around

                   til you get back to where you started. 

                   I like to spray mine thoroughly with sizing,. I soak mine on both sides and iron it flat. 

                   The best way is to leave it to dry overnight. It will be reasonably stiff depending on how much sizing you use.

 

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      Here you can see some of the bookmarks I've made over the last few years.

      I've used HSTs(half square triangle blocks) / Drunkard's path blocks/ star point blocks/ Boston Blocks /Kansas Dugout blocks

      Use your imagination and create great looking bookmarks with my shortcut methods

 

     I usually use a 1 1/4" template or a 1 1/2" template to make these. If you'd like a template just send me your postal address and    

     the size of template(s) you'd like. Send to  patchesbyr@yahoo.com or go to my contact page and send me a message.