I have a lot of things I'm passionate about, but one of my longest, most visible passions is my reading. I have an extensive library and a just-as-extensive reading list (and of course a wish list filled with books). When I started cross stitching items for card fronts, I knew I wanted at least one of them to be a bookmark. I had two problems, though. My first problem was how to cover up the back without the whole piece being too bulky to comfortably fit in a book. My second problem was how to attach the whole thing to a card without it being too obvious at the beginning, just kind of an exciting surprise the recipient discovers after reading the note. Give any problem enough time, and the solution will come to you!
The answer came in the form of stash scavenging!
The above picture is perhaps the bestest, most awesome fabric ever for a project like this. The moment I saw it, with its adorable flocked hearts and flowers and thin weight, I knew it was meant to be the backing fabric for the bookmarks! I eagerly popped it onto my work surface to measure out a chunk for backing.
Please note that, even at the tender age of 35, I sometimes just do not see the relevancy of an iron.
I trimmed off a piece and, due to being both a little too lazy to sew it on and a little too excited to sit and do that, promptly popped some fabric glue on there. Now is the time to learn a couple of lessons from me.
Lesson 1) Fabric glue still seeps through fabric. Yes, we all know this, but sometimes it bears reminding. If you're going to go this route, make sure you are on a very clean surface. I didn't thoroughly clean my surface first so I ended up with random bits glued to things that I had to clean off. Let me tell you right now that I defy anyone to come up with a way that the phrase "random bits glued to things" would be ok when talking about Valentine's Day stuff.
Lesson 2) Some fabrics get very sheer when wet (this was one of them). Being able to see the back of my stitching was unattractive (and silly since that was part of why I was covering it up to begin with. So time to try Plan B: a piece of cardstock covering the back of the embroidery.
After gluing the cardstock onto the back of the cross stitch and the fabric onto that, I hung it from the bottom of a bulletin board to flutter in the breeze and dry. After it dried, I trimmed the fabric down to match the cross stitched piece's dimensions. As a fun side note, when I glued and smoothed the fabric on, it actually dried flat, so for once my laziness in not ironing it did not come back to haunt me!
Now it was time to figure out how to attach it to the card. The smartest way seemed to be a big, obvious cross stitch fastening it to a piece of paper. I cut the piece of coordinating cardstock and placed the stitched piece on top so I could line up the fabric and the eventual holes I would poke with a paper piercing tool (a needle would, obviously, work just as well):
And here's the paper with holes punched in it:
Paper with holes in it! I know you're impressed now!
Time to just stitch the two pieces together:
And glue down the blue paper and the matching sentiment:
Those big blue x stitches can be snipped with a small pair of scissors and the bookmark can be lifted right off with no damage to the card.
As I mentioned before, I like to create my own cards. On this one, instead of cutting the cardstock in half horizontally (along the 11" side), I cut it vertically. Once I folded it in half, I got a great side fold with a longer orientation! As I also mentioned, with a big cross stitched piece, I really like for it to be the center of attention on the cards, so the front is kept fairly simple!
I intend to turn the other two rows of cross stitched blocks into bookmarks as well. I still have the block of four that needs to be something and another piece that could be something else! What would you make with them?
Also exciting, all this keeps me working toward my Just Stash January Challenge! I tell you all about Just Stash January in this post. If you want to participate, leave a comment and I'll add you to the blog roll. Don't have a blog? E-mail me pictures and I'll be happy to share them! I'd love to track it on Twitter and Instagram too! Just throw in a #juststashjanuary so I can see your amazing progress!