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Create your own shibori book marks

Create your own shibori book marks
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Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting almost weekly to pick up fiction books. I am almost addicted to reading at bedtime. Escaping into fiction helps me switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.

I still have a small amount of shibori inspired dyed denim – remember the pencil cases I made?. It dawned on me that I could adapt this rather nifty technique for making bag handles to create a neat book mark.

Today I am going to share my various shibori inspired denim bookmarks.

Elastic bookmark tutorial

To make:

  • Elastic the length of the book plus 1/4″
  • Shibori dyed denim, the length of the book by 4″  (see this post for more information)
  • Iron on interfacing, the length of the book by 4″

Tip – of you have think denim you may wish to omit the interfacing

Iron the interfacing to the back of the denim

Fold the fabric in half lengthways right sides together. Press.

Fold the long length in half again wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the other side.

Place elastic in the middle of the denim sandwich. Hold with a pin. Refold fabric.

Sew short ends.

Trim the seam allowance, this reduces bulk. Turn the fabric so the inside is now on the outside.

Poke the corners out. Press and finish with a top stitch all round the denim.

Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.

Or how about a different take on elastic? Lengthen the denim, create an elastic loop and add a button.

Personally this is my favourite – I am tempted to start a bullet journal, if I do this is the style bookmark I will use. Naturally you can use any fabric scraps you have.

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DIY Valentines heart and key picture

DIY Valentines heart and key picture
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Remember the large box of keys my husband bought home for me to upcycle?? It prompted some thoughts about keys, the symbolism of our homes. If we are fortunate our home can mean so much; warmth, stability, security.

I thought it would be fun to create a picture of former childhood homes brought together to our married home (especially with Valentines coming up).

If you would like to make map heart picture for Valentines (engagement, wedding gift etc) you will need a printer, keys, and a box frame.

Start by searching for free maps on line (in the UK you can use Maps4free). Enter the location. Using the snipping tool highlight the area you wish and copy onto a word document, repeat for the second two locations. I copied snippets across which filled approximately half the word document per image. Print off the map for the three locations.

Cut out three hearts, the first two of the former homes being identical size the third a little larger. Mine measure approximately. You can download a template here.

Print two templates. Use one as a guide to cut out your hearts (I suggest cutting slightly larger), place on top of your outline shapes and adhere with a glue stick.

Using copydex place a key on each map (this covers the red your are here marker from Maps4free). Allow to fully dry, trim to size and frame in a box frame.

 

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Shibori Trend – DIY Denim Heart Pencil Case

Shibori Trend – DIY Denim Heart Pencil Case
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I confess to spending far too much time on Pinterest – browsing many inspiring images often sparks ideas. I love the beautiful Shibori style dying images popping up. It’s time to have a go.

My original thoughts were to use denim (you may have noticed I love denim!) using a easily available household dye for light denim, with the plan to try bleaching darker denim another time.

I started with light denim, folding, scrunching, tying then dying in denim navy Dylon dye.

Here are my experiments:

Fabric folded in in half and then pleated as if a fan. This was wrapped round with string.

Fabric folded into squares. Each corner held with a bull dog clips.

Gathering the fabric into a ball, held with rubber bands.

Fabric gathered loosely with a running stitch, then held/ties with rubber bands.

Fabric bunched up and held with rubber bands.

Once dry I played with ideas for hand embroidery to compliment the designs. Finally I made a shibori style denim heart pencil case! I really should make myself a pencil case with the with words printed on Hands Off but it would make no difference, no doubt my pens will soon be borrowed!

Shibori Denim Heart Pencil Case

You will need:

  • Dyed denim, one piece measuring 9 by 5″
  • Two denim pieces of fabric measuring 9 by 5″
  • Two pieces of fabric for lining the pencil case measuring 9 by 5″
  • A navy zip 9″
  • Bondaweb
  • Sharp scissors

To make:

Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the denim pieces.

Cut out three heart shapes from your denim. I folded the denim in half so I could cut out both sides of the heart at once.

 

Apply bondaweb to the reverse of the denim, place wrong side of the denim on top of the shibori denim and iron in place.

Hand stitch to embellish the hearts, then machine stitch twice around the heart. This photograph shows a finished heart, a hand stitched heart and the heart as it starts.

 

Alternatively you can cut out three hearts, bondaweb on top of the main denim bag and embellish.

Now you have finished the decoration of the pencil case its time to sew the zip in.

Place one piece of lining right side up then place the zip long the top edge. Then place the right side down of the denim, edges aligning. Pin, then machine stitch (use a zipper foot) through the three layers.

 

Fold back and press. Top stitch, this stops the lining becoming caught up in the pencil case zip.

 

Repeat for the other side of the zip.

 

Unzip the zip by three quarters. Fold out so the right sides of the lining face each other, and the right sides of the bag face each other. Ensure the zip lies towards the lining.

Stitch round leaving a turning gap along the long edge of the lining.

 

Turn right sides out, then slip stitch the turning gap on the lining.

 

 

This post is linked up at All Free Sewing where you can find thousands of free sewing tutorials.

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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