Fabric Bookmark

I am always losing my pen or pencil, so I have designed this fabric bookmark that is both cute and practical.  It holds your place and your pen!!!   Use a coordinating fabric to your covered journal and it will “POP”.

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Directions:

1.  Cut three strips of fabric & fusable interfacing.  (two pieces 11X4 and one piece 7X4)

Cut one piece of elastic measuring 11 inches

2.  Iron the fusable interfacing to the wrong side of all three pieces.

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3.  Iron the top side of the pocket 1/4 inch down and then another 1/2 inch.  The pocket is the shortest piece measuring 7X4.

4.  Top stitch on the edge of the ironed fold to secure the top of the pocket seam.

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5.  Pin and baste the pocket to the top of piece of fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

6.  Sew the elastic strap to the top and bottom of the front piece using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to backstitch.  If there is a right side of the elastic, have that facing the right side of the fabric.

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7.  Pin the right sides together and sew around the outer edge, leaving a hole in the upper right side, just above the pocket, to turn the project right side out.  Be sure to backstitch at the opening.    Use a 5/8 inch seam allowance.

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8.  Clip corners to eliminate bulk.

9.  Turn right side out being sure to push out all of the corners.

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10.  Iron and topstitch close to the edge, between 1/4 and 1/8 seam allowance.  Be sure to move the elastic out of the way when turning corners.

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The finished product:

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