Books are a great gift and I love to give my daughters books on the subjects they love. On their last birthdays I ordered book sets from Amazon. My oldest received the Divergent series which she loves and my youngest Percy Jackson.
Along with the books I wanted to give them a special bookmark. Something a little nicer than your standard cardstock variety. I've wanted to make ribbon bookmarks for quite some time so that is what I did.
I have quite a bit of ribbon in my stash as well as lace and beads. The wide ribbon was part of that big bag of craft supplies I bought at our favorite thrift store two years ago.
I cut the wide ribbon to a length just a bit longer than the books I bought, in this case 11 inches. The same thing with the flat lace and narrow ribbon. I layered the pieces and pinned the together. With matching thread I did a simple straight stitch down the center to secure it all in place.
I pressed the bookmark with a warm iron and turned the ends under twice, pressing them into place and secured the ends with another straight stitch. To embellish them further I used embroidery thread and beads.
I looped the thread through the hem at one end, strung the beads and secured them with a knot at the end. Total time spent on this project was about ten minutes to make each bookmark. I think it took me longer to pick out my materials and decide which ones to use than to actually make them.
Fun to make and a little fancy too.