I've always found it difficult to come up with ideas for handmade gifts for men so when I was asked if I could make a few manly bookmarks to sell at the library it took me a while to come up with a design that would be easy and quick to make and that I liked. For me, these felt bookmarks tick all the boxes and they've proved popular too which is good.
My material of choice is felt, again. I like that it doesn't fray and it's so easy to work with.
Here's how you can make a few of these bookmarks yourself.
Start by drawing a bookmark shape and then trace it on to the smooth side of a piece of medium iron-on interfacing (this is the side without any glue). Fuse the interfacing with the felt by using a warm iron (follow the instructions on the interfacing itself for best results.)
Cut the bookmarks and then cut small windows out of them as shown below. You can do this by hand or using a die cutting machine if you have one. I used the Sizzix Bigshot and a few Framelits. These will be the fronts of your bookmarks.
Pin them to a piece of felt in a contrasting colour or even to a piece of denim. I've been recycling my husband's old jeans and using the fabric as background for brooches and bookmarks. Machine stitch as close to the edge as possible.
To finish off hand stitch around the small windows, trim the excess background felt/denim with pinking shears and your bookmarks are finished.
Here's another batch I'd made earlier.