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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gifts To Make ~ #2 Velvet Bookmarks

I hope you are enjoying the “Gifts To Make” series. It will continue for the next two weeks. You may have noticed that I have not been visiting or commenting in the past few weeks. Time is at a premium right now and I have spent my precious free time creating presents (and tutorials) that I could share. All crafts and gifts are fairly inexpensive and easy to make.

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To create the velvet bookmarks you will need:

Good quality velvet ribbon. (Ribbons and Bows, M & J Trimming, fabrics stores and Etsy.)

Ribbon clamps that match your ribbon width. (Etsy, Michaels and Joann’s)

Bits and bobs of bliss (I used vintage French medals, buttons, earrings and other jewelry.)

A jewelry crimping plier. (Any craft store.)

Jewelry “O” Rings (Any craft store.)

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Cut your velvet ribbon to the desired length. Slide your ribbon clamp onto each end of the ribbon. Secure with the crimping plier. Attach your found objects to the ends of the ribbon clamp with an “O” ring.  Easy peasy.

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I tried to keep the scale of the ribbon in check with the size of the vintage embellishment. For example this large vintage earring really needed a wide ribbon to balance the visual weight.

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While a smaller religious medallion was proportionate on a more narrow piece of ribbon.

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Of course if you don’t happen to have a tub of vintage bobs and bits on hand, it’s ok. I’ve added a few velvet bookmarks to my Etsy shop. They make a lovely stocking stuffer.

Come back tomorrow for tutorial #3.


This project was inspired by Andrea Singarella.


Hines-Sight said...

Those are beautiful.

Bonnie said...

These are so gorgeous!! What a fabulous gift idea!!! :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What an AWESOME gift idea!! Loveeeeeeeeeeee these! :):):):):):):):):):):)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

You are just too clever!
If you ever run out of bits and bobs, I have some over here, leftovers from when I buy trays of jewelry for my shop. You are welcome to come dig through it anytime :)

Debbie said...

Those are beautiful!

I have enjoyed everything I've read on here lately. I'm not able to comment as much as I'd like either so I hope I get grace too.

I'm trying to read and be inspired.

Blondie's Journal said...

These are beautiful and I know they will make great gifts!

Happy Holidays, Laura!


Priscilla said...

What a fantastic idea. They are so beautiful. I'd like to try hand dying some velvet ribbons for these.

Karena said...

Laura these are absolutely Gorgeous!!
How are you. Email me. I am so excited about your giveaway on my site coming up!

Please Come and enter the current one is from our Andrea, The French Basketeer! It is stunning!

Art by Karena

Bloggymom said...

The bookmarks are very pretty!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

They are gorgeous Laura--hope you are doing well.

Liz said...

Awesome! Perfect for my book club!!!:)

Thank you for the how-to! :)


Auntie Em said...

So pretty. These are the little things that e-readers will miss out on.
Hope things aren't too hectic and you get to enjoy some of the holidays with your family! :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

They turned out beautifully. I think all of Blogland is busy with the holiday rush these days!

ImagiMeri said...

Oh sweet lady, all your goodies for sale are adorable!!!! I love the pink stockings, especially the snowman/ice ones. Your bookmarks are so pretty and practical. I hope you did well in your show last weekend. Give me a call one of these days, to chat.

Love ya'

Fishtail Cottage said...

oh, wow! love these & thanks for the tutorial! xoxo, tracie

Miss Sandy said...

Sweet, simple, and elegant!

Jen said...

So pretty! A perfect gift for an avid reader for sure!

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

So lovely and practical at the same time! Consider sharing them with my readers at

Christmas blessings!

Otter said...

There's no end to what you can do with these and why stop at velvet ribbon? You can use almost any kind and customize it for a book you're giving to someone. Giving them Sense and Sensibility? Why not some pretty french ribbon with little pearls or lace on it? The ideas are endless. :)

laurmela said...

Laura, Love these! Wish I had the resources you do! Since I was on a time crunch, had to go with what I could find. Will be posting a post later today, after I finish my cookie backing! Thanks for the inspiration! ")

laurmela said...

Thanks for your inspiration. Here is my post.

Can't wait to see what you have next!