I like simple things.
Things that are quick to make.
Are just such a thing.
They're great for giving as gifts.
Or keeping for yourself.
And since they're so fast and easy to make,
you might as well do both.
All you need are some fabric scraps and basic sewing supplies.
Let's make some.
2. Cut the short ends with pinking shears.
3. Change the stitch length on your sewing machine to be as long as possible.
4. Making sure not to backstitch when you start or stop, sew two parallel rows of basting/gathering stitches on each side of the center line. (I just eyeballed it.)
6. Each row of stitching will have a top thread and a bottom thread sticking out on each end. Grab both of the top threads on one end.
7. Wrap those top threads around your pin in a figure eight pattern. This will keep everything in place while you create your gathers.
8. Repeat steps 5-7 on the opposite end of your bookmark.
10. Continue pulling the bottom threads from each end and smoothing things out until your have the desired amount of ruffles. Once your ruffles make all your dreams come true, wrap those bottom threads around the same pins as the top threads in a figure eight pattern.
11. Change the stitch length on your sewing machine so it's back to normal.
12. Making sure to backstitch as you begin and end, sew a straight line right down the middle of your bookmark. This will keep all those lovely ruffles in place.
(Note: As much as possible, try not to stitch over your little figure eight threads. They're a pain to get out if you sew over them. I recommend just skipping over that part all together.)
14. Use those pinking shears to trim around the long edges of your bookmark as necessary.
15. Admire your pretty Ruffle Bookmark.
16. Put it to good use. :)
These little bookmarks would be perfect for slipping inside a book in an Easter basket! Or for hiding inside an Easter egg. :)
Looking for more?
If you're a great lover of all things ruffled, be sure to check out the rest of the Ruffled Up projects over at See Kate Sew!
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