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Kimber Pekora 2005

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2 ~ 2 1/2" x 7" Pieces of Muslin
1 ~ 2 1/2" x 7" Piece of Fancy fabric for backing
Misc. pieces of fancy fabrics to crazy patch a piece of 2 1/2" x 7" muslin
Threads for seamwork and embellishing (all threads shown are Kreinik Metallic threads except on the blue bookmark)
Beads or charms etc.. for embellishments
Bold colored sewing thread
Fabric marking tool
Begin by measuring 2 pieces of muslin 2 1/2" x 7", measure and mark a 1/2" seam allowance all around.    
Set 1 of the muslin pieces aside until later . Choose a small piece of fancy fabric for the top patch on the bookmark. Pin into place on the top part of the muslin with right side showing. Select your second piece of fancy fabric and lay it on top of the first with the right side down and pin into place. Stitch across and trim away excess fabric.    
Remove pins and flip the second fabric back so right side is facing up.   

Continue adding patches until the entire length of muslin is covered.

Now its time to be creative, stitch the seams and embellishments. Be sure not to stitch past the seam allowance marks.   
Pin the fabric that you chose for the backing on top of the back piece of muslin so the right side of the fancy fabric is showing. Using a bold color sewing thread turn under the 1/2" seam allowances, using the marks made earlier as a guide, baste the edges under. This basting will be removed later.   
Choose a thread for the edges of the Bookmark, I like to use metallic Ribbon. Thread your needle and knot. You are going to use the blanket stitch around to hold the front to the back. Choose a corner of the bookmark and bring the needle out through a corner of the front piece and then turn to the back and insert the needle about 1/4' down and bring it out through the seam crease. Keep the thread behind the needle.   
Now flip the bookmark so the front is facing and go down about 1/4" again and come out through the seam crease. Keep the thread behind the needle.   
Continue this all the way around. Finish off by hiding the knot in the seam. Carefully remove the basting stitches.     

To make the Beaded tassel simply attach some threads at the top of the bookmark and knot in place. I like to make another knot about 1 1/2" away from this knot. This will give room for the pages without the beads getting in the way. Tie knots and add beads. This is where you can be as creative as you like. Go a little wild with your choice of beads and charms!


These would make great gifts for teachers or friends.


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