Is your family full of bookworms, who also have the habit of reading more than one book at a time?
Then having a stack of bookmarks certainly comes in handy.
Do you have strips of quilted fabric left over from projects like bags and journals? Or, like me, do you have bits of fabric collage lying around you just can't bring yourself to part with? Bits that are perhaps too big to throw out, but too small for anything else? Turn them into bookmarks!
Simply cut down your strips of quilted fabric to a convenient size (I like 1½" wide and anywhere from 5 to 8 inches long). Zig-zag stitch around all edges. Here is also a chance to use up those bits of ribbon or trim!
Stitch down ribbon or trim down the middle of your bookmark (if you are in a big hurry, you can also use fabric glue to hold it down). Just remember to dab a bit of fray check on the ends to avoid fraying.
Fold in half and tack down a longer piece of ribbon on one short end of a bookmark to be able to tie it down to the spiral of your favorite quilting or cook book. That way it will always be handy to mark your spot.
Use decorative stitching, trim, ribbon, couching... the sky is the limit. Hmm... these would make good stocking stuffers, too!