Keep Your Place

Keep Your Place

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I have quite a collection of bookmarks or bookmarkers, some have been gifts, some I’ve purchased, and some are home made.

This crochet one is one that I improvised from a rectangular granny square pattern.  You can print it right from this webpage.  Feel free to sell your finished items at crafts fairs and shows or give them away to friends.  They are the perfect gift to  tuck inside an envelope.

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I’ve made a couple of different colours of this bookmark.  The book they are on is a thrifty find for $1.  It is a book published in 1979 by Reader’s Digest titled Complete Guide to Needlework.

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This shows the green bookmark close up.

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The gold one marks a place in a favourite book of mine titled Around the Corner, Crochet Borders.  It is by Edie Eckerman.  I originally borrowed this book from the library but wanted to reference to it a lot so I ended up purchasing my own copy.  If you are looking for a different crochet border to add to that special project you will most likely find it in this book.  You can choose from 150 different borders.

These little bookmarks are quick and easy to make.  They are great for adding into a greeting card, tucking inside a book that is going to be a gift, a great Secret Santa gift, or a cute little stocking stuffer.

Materials

  • embroidery thread 3+ bundles
  • 2 mm crochet hook

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet (American version)
  • sp – space

Pattern

  • Chain 60
  • In third ch from hook do 3 dc, skip 2 ch, 3 dc, repeat till end, should be 20 clusters of 3 dc
  • Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in sp, should be 10 clusters of 3 dc, end with 1 dc
  • Turn, ch 3 and 2 dc in first sp, 3 dc in each sp, should be 20 3 dc clusters
  • Slip stitch along edge to corner of row
  • Turn, ch 3, 3 dc in each sp, 1 dc at end, reads as 1 dc, 19 3 dc, 1 dc
  • Repeat row 3
  • Repeat row 4
  • sc around edge, at corners do 3 sc to make corner,
  • finish off when you have gone all the way around.

I’m much better at making things than writing down the pattern.  Please forgive any errors you may come across.  Those that have crocheted for a long time will be able to make simple adjustments to make it work for them.

I’d love to hear from you if you made this pattern.  Happy crochet.

There is a print friendly version of the pattern here.

So get your hook and thread out and start hooking … Christmas Day isn’t that far away.

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I’m sharing with: The Really Crafty Link Party, Handmade Monday, To Grandma’s House We Go, Creative Compulsions

Magnetic Bookmarks

Magnetic Bookmarks

If you love reading like I do you need lots of bookmarks.  This is a simple idea you can make with a graphic editing program, some of your own photos, some tag board, and some magnetic strip.

 In the graphic program you need to create a rectangle about the size of 5 cm. x 10 cm. (2 inches by 4 inches).

The image you choose needs to be 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches). Add the image to one end of the rectangle.

At the other end you can add your text.  It can be personalized for the person who might be receiving it as a gift.  Before I add the text I rotate the whole thing 180 degrees so the image looks upside down.  This way the text can be read when when it is folded over.  Text is an optional thing.  It can be left blank or you can add another image.

Print on card stock.

After printing and cutting out the bookmark, turn it over and stick 2 small pieces of magnetic strip to each end, making sure they connect when you fold it over.  This is a peel and stick magnetic strip that can be purchased in craft stores.

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Then you are ready to use your bookmarker in your favourite book. Fold it over the page and let the magnets stick together and presto your page is marked. If you are part way down a page and need to stop reading, you can use the bookmarker on the side of the page to indicate where you stopped.

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 For those that don’t use graphic programs, you can always use this simple method using an old greeting card.

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You cut out a template to the size you want.  Choose the picture you like, trace around the template and cut out.  You might have to change the size depending on the photo on the part of card you want.

On the inside I scored where the fold would go before folding. Using the peel and stick magnets, cut off 2 pieces, one for each end of the inside. To be sure they match up when folded, I stuck on the first piece, peeled off the backing and stuck the second piece on top of the first piece and then folded and pressed.

These make great little gifts to give with a book, or to tuck inside a card for birthdays or special days.