Friday, March 9, 2012

How to Make Tree Bookmarks From Pinwheel

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Ah, Friday. How nice it is to see you again! We aren't supposed to have the nicest weather today, as I think we have a little rain moving in, but at least the weather forecast for the weekend doesn't look too bad. I think we're looking at seasonable weather in the 50s or even 60s, which means the husband will be hitting the golf course Saturday and I'll be retreating to my craft room. (I do not golf until it is at least in the mid-70s and warm enough for sandals.)



So, long story short, I'm already looking forward to doing a bit of crafting this weekend. How fitting it is, then, that I introduce you to Alice, who makes all kinds of one-of-a-kind crafts over at Pinwheel.


Alice is here to share a great tutorial for making tree bookmarks. I love trees and books, and I love to make things, so naturally I love this project. I hope you do, too!


These sweet bookmarks are inspired by the cold weather, and I wanted something in warm, bright colours to cheer me up!

Supplies: 
Scraps of red, yellow, orange, burgundy, dark brown and light brown felt.
White thread
A needle (Big enough eye to fit doubled up thread through)


How-to:
Cut a long thin rectangle from dark brown felt, and a circle from the light brown. These will form the body of your bookmark. It looks good cut with pinking shears, but if you don't have any, just use normal scissors. Then cut about 3 or 4 leaf shapes from the red, yellow, burgundy and orange.

Thread the needle with doubled up thread, and using backstitch, sew together the circle and rectangle. Go over your stitches again, to secure the pieces together properly, because this is the main body of your bookmark.





Position your first leaf in place, then backstitch along the center of it with the doubled up thread. The stiches look like the vein of the leaf, and show up best in white, though you can try other colours as well.



Continue adding leaves, and try to position them so that they aren't all facing outward. Vary your stiches as well, with random ones bigger or smaller so it looks more natural. Another tip is that if a leaf doesn't fit in the space, trim it down! It won't look as good if the leaf shapes are all exactly the same. 




Ta-daa! These bookmarks are great even out of autumn, and they can be adapted to any season.
This tutorial is for non-commercial purposes only.

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    1. Thank you! If you want to see more of my stuff, head over to my blog at www.pinwheelblog.blogspot.com !

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    2. Thanks for putting it on your blog!

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  2. Cute and easy! Love crafts like this.

    As for my cheese omelet, I'd say it serves 4 adults...I made it in a large round souffle dish...about 1 1/2 qt size.

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  3. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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