After much deliberation as to whether or not close this blog I finally decided to give it another go so hopefully there will be lots of crafty tutorials/posts to look forward to as I've always enjoyed sharing my makes.
I'm a volunteer at our community library (it used to be a council library but due to budget cuts it's now run by a group of dedicated volunteers) and to raise much needed funds we sell items handmade by and donated to us by a handful of volunteers. Among the items we sell are these cute pencil bookmarks made out of felt, they're very popular with the children and make great gifts.
Here's how these were made.
Draw a pencil shape or get one from the Web. Trace it on medium iron-on interfacing making sure you do this on the smooth side and not on the side with glue. Cut it out (I like to leave a small border around the outline of the pencil shape).
Iron the interfacing on to the felt. Make sure the glue side is in contact with the felt and press down with the iron for a few seconds until it's fused with the felt. At this stage I like to set my felt pieces aside for a couple of minutes for them to cool down a little.
Cut out the pencil shapes and pin them to another piece of felt (this will be the back of your bookmarks).
Machine stitch as shown below.
Refer to the picture below to cut and sew a small piece of felt on the "lead" part of your pencil bookmarks.
Carefully trim the excess felt and you're done, your pencil bookmarks are ready to be used.
Here's another batch I made, these are slightly longer and wider with not so much of the "lead" showing.
I hope you like this tutorial and come back for more as I've got a few in the pipeline.