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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Valentine's Day Bookmark


How to make a Valentine's Day Book mark. Perfect gift for a little reader!


My little guy loves to read!  I like to think he gets it from me.  I love getting lost in a good book too.

This week he came home and told me he was now reading Chapter Books.  He said only a few kids in his class had moved up to Chapter books and he was one of them.  He was very proud, and I was proud of him.  He told me he needed a book mark to keep track of the page he was on.  I went into my drawer and found him one with penguins on it.  He wasn't impressed with it, but it was a bookmark.

So while he was at school I decided to make him his own book mark!

This is how I did it.
Supplies:

  • Felt Sheets
  • Craft Suede Thong
  • Embroidery Floss and Needle
  • a piece of cardboard
  • Co-ordinating beads
(I picked up my supplies at Dollar Store)




Step 1

Pick out two colours of felt you want to use.  I chose black and red. One will be for the bookmark (the main piece - the black) and the second will be the accent colour for the heart (the red).





Step 2

For your main piece (the black) - Fold your felt piece in half and cut into the size you want (keeping it folded). You will want a top and bottom piece

For the red piece - Cut a square.




Step 3


Fold your Main Piece (the black) of felt in half (keeping the two pieces together) and cut out half of  a heart shape at the fold.  Both of your pieces will have a heart cut out of the middle when you open it again.




Step 4

Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside your black piece leaving space all around to stitch.



STEP 5

Slip stitch your hearts to the black felt pieces.  Then stitch the black pieces together.  Crating a "pillowcase"




Step 6

Insert cardboard inside your "felt Pillow" and then stitch the bottom closed.



Step 7 

Hole punch the top of your book mark including the cardboard.  This will help the felt not rip.(hopefully)

Loop your craft sued thong  through the hole punch and slip your beads through the suede thong.




Step 8 

Sandwich the thong between the two black hearts and using embroidery floss slipstitch all the way around making sure that you are stitching the thong material to the felt. 

How to make a Valentine's Day Book mark. Perfect gift for a little reader!


That's it.  Pretty cute right and not very girly either.

Here's the book that my little guy is reading right now... Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne.  My teenagers say they remember reading this series when they were younger too.  Anthony has been reading it to me at night.  When it's time to put the book away and go to sleep, he asks me what my favourite part of the book is so far.  I think he's making sure that I'm listening to him.  lol





And one last look at the Valentine's Day Bookmark.




Are your kids big readers?  
What's the best series for a 7 year old boy?


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