Upcycled Metal Washer BookmarkI created my bookmark after being inspired by Salvage Sister and Mister to participate in the monthly Upcycle Sharin’ Challenge. This month’s theme was hardware. I read a lot, and had seen bookmarks with weighted charms like beads, buttons, and metal washers, so knew I wanted to make an Upcycled Metal Washer Bookmark. I hit the motherlode when I found a greasy bag of bolts and washers in my hubby’s junk stash. I’d seen paper bookmarks with charms like tassels and metal washers, but I’d never seen a sewn one, so I decided to use fabric for my bookmark. I’ve been gifted with fabric bookmarks before, but found them to be flimsy, so I decided to add some poster board. Something stronger like plastic canvas might work even better. I was so happy with the finished product! Reading accessories just make my heart sing.
- sewing macine and basic sewing supplies
- poster board (plastic canvas, or something sturdier would be even better)
- metal washer
- thin ribbon, if your washer is small
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- scissors, or a paper cutter
Instructions:Cut the poster board 7″ long by 1.5″ wide. I used my scrapbooking paper cutter. The poster board was left over from another one of my other upcycling ventures; Upcycled Project Caddy. I used the flap to the flannel bag that contained my childrens’ striped flannel sheets from Target. It already had finished seams on the top and bottom. My 7″ bookmark fit perfectly between those seams. Insert the bookmark and fold the fabric over it once, then cut.
- Hot glue the buttons along the top. I used a pencil to press the buttons into the hot glue. Mine is high-temp and will blister your fingers, so I was very careful not to touch the hot glue directly.
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