A New Bookmark Revelation

Owl Bookmarks

I’ve complained before about some styles of bookmark after I attempted to make and use them. Corner bookmarks, not my favorite.

I don’t have anything against traditional, thin, stick-it-between-the-pages bookmarks. They’re readily available, cheap or often free, easy to make if you want to DIY and they are limited only by your imagination if you want something fancier.

However, I do have a tendency to take the bookmark out of my book, set it down while I’m reading, and manage to lose it. Especially if I’m in bed at the time, it will turn up three days later in the covers somewhere, crumpled or bent.

These adorable owl bookmarks came home from vacation with me as well as the book haul, and now that I’ve tried magnetic clip bookmarks, I’m in love. They don’t fall out. I can still lose them if I’m dumb and set one down in a random place, but it’s easy to secure to a different page in the book and not lose it, whereas regular bookmarks, if I did that, always wanted to slip out.

And while I happily turned over $5 for four little owls because owls are superb, and because I was on vacation and splurging anyway, this style of bookmark is easy to DIY as well with a few inexpensive supplies. So I might very well be making batches of these as gifts for all the book lovers in my life as well as for myself. (I tried to gather tutorials to link, but honestly, they’re all just “put adhesive magnets on paper, boom, it’s a bookmark.” Some were fancier and others plainer, some used die cutters or washi tape or stickers, but the basics were always paper + magnets = bookmark.)

Honestly, I’d just been so negative about bookmarks the last time around, I wanted to spread the joy. Give them a try if you haven’t already, they’re fantastic.

Bookish DIY: Fabric Corner Bookmark

Fabric Corner Bookmark 1

It had been a while since I’d made any new bookmarks, (or done any sewing, for that matter,) so I pawed through my fabric stash over the weekend and turned out a new model, using this tutorial.

I’ve seen corner bookmarks around a lot in book photography, but I’ve never used one, and I was curious. Would I like them better than the more traditional style?

Short answer: no.

The tutorial was easy to follow, and the finished product only took me fifteen minutes. I have no issue with the construction of the bookmark, and since there are a million cute fabrics out there to choose from, this style of bookmark definitely gets a high score for customization and Aesthetic Potential™.

But it’s bulky. Even made from my thinnest quilting cotton and thinnest interfacing, it’s still kind of huge.

Fabric Corner Bookmark 2

Here it is, being shown on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I grabbed two books off of my unread shelves mostly for the color coordination, but they make decent example cases. Perks is a smallish, but not mass-market, paperback. Its pages are flimsy, and the weight of the bookmark, which seems like nothing on its own, is way too much for these pages to handle.

Fabric Corner Bookmark 3

Okay, so how does it hold up on a standard hardcover instead? Flight Behavior makes it look great on the open page–the size of the bookmark is far more suited to a larger book. Inserting a single page into the corner, even with the heavier, higher-quality paper, still seems risky, but wrapping the fabric over a thin sheaf of pages instead seemed to work well.

I thought this was going to turn out all right in the end–I could certainly reserve this bookmark for hardcovers only. Then I did the book-in-the-purse test several times; most of the books I read will travel with me somewhere.

This bookmark failed miserably. It came off when I put the book into my purse. It came off when I lifted the book out. It came off when the book was jostled around inside the purse as I moved.

The extra thickness separates the pages so much that mere friction won’t hold the bookmark on against the forces of gravity or agitation.

Conclusion: it’s adorable but impractical.

Bookmarks, Take 2!

feather bookmarks

I was feeling crafty this weekend, so I made bookmarks. Paper feather bookmarks!

I used this tutorial as a jumping-off point. Instead of gluing the paper to a short, plain piece of wire, I made wrapped-loop ends and threaded beads on first. Then, after the glue was dry and the feathers cut out, I braided embroidery floss through the loops to make the tail of each bookmark.

They’re fragile, of course, so they won’t be my go-to bookmarks for any book that’s traveling somewhere with me, getting shoved into or pulled out of my bag all the time. But for a book that’s just going to sit on my nightstand or take a trip to the couch with me? No problem.

I have to say, I like bookmarks as a short, low-stress crafting project. Because who doesn’t need more bookmarks?

Bookmarks!

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As in, I made some!  I needed a little light crafting, just a small project I could finish in an afternoon, because my fingers were feeling that itch but I wasn’t motivated enough to work on The Embroidery Project of Doom.  Which should be finished by Christmas, and probably won’t be.  (sigh)

I made these three following this tutorial, though the cards I was working with were smaller, so mine have fewer cuts.

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These four are just scraps of fancy Japanese origami paper glued to card stock. The lighting doesn’t pick it up well, but they all have subtle gilding or light flocking in the patterns.

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And these are bits of cards cut apart and glued back together in bookmark-shape. (I have a family member who’s obsessed with pretty stationery and paper, and she often gives one or both to me for Christmas.  I never actually use the stationery, because I’m not a diligent card-sender…so I’m happy I got to use some up to make these!)

Now, of course, I have more bookmarks than I need for myself, but they’d make great extras for giveaways, don’t you agree?  (/wink)