10/9/11

tutorial: bow bookmarks

I was pretty serious about being on a bookmark kick. I can't stop making them! (see here, here, and here) Maybe I am draining myself of creativity and all that's left in my brain is bookmarks. Oh well, I have gifts for a year, maybe longer. 

Besides my cross stitch button bookmarks, these are my favorite. Wanna see why?


They are so tiny and cute! 

Let me state a little something for the record. When I made these about two weeks ago, I thought I was a creative genius. I said I was inspired by this photo on last weeks five things friday, and I was. When there is inspiration, I share the source. But over the course of the last week, Pinterest has proven to me that I am not an original like I thought. I have seen a couple versions of a bow bookmark, so needless to say I am bummed to learn that I am not the first one to think of this. Oh well. So please don't comment and tell me I am a copy cat and you have already seen these. In my head, I was the only one who had even thought of this. Moving on...

Let's get started. 


Here's what you will need - measurements and all. Felt, paperclips, and hot glue. My nasty hot glue gun didn't make the pretty pictures cut. The felt is from Papertrey Ink. The best felt ever ever. I have talked about it before, I know, but it is worth repeating. It is 100% wool so no fuzziness and it cuts like a dream. It is $6.00 for a 5" x 30" roll, so you can make a ton of bows with just one roll.


Start by cutting the tails out of piece #1. Set aside. 


 Put a line of hot glue down the center of piece #2, fold the ends in, and press. Don't smash the ends into the glue too much - you still want the gaps that make it look like a bow. 



Put a dot of glue in the middle of your looped piece and squeeze until the hot glue cools. This gives it the look of a real bow.


Glue piece #2 to piece #1 like pictured. 


Here is what you have so far. Now it is time to get it on the paperclip. 

Put a very thin line of hot glue on the front of the bow only. Not on the back. Press down your long piece (#3) onto the glue. 


Here is the back. See? No glue. 


Put down a small amount of glue and stick on the paperclip. I keep saying small amount of glue because you don't want to have glue seeping out - it is not very pretty. 

Fold the top part down into the glue and cut off the excess. 


Add a bit more glue and glue down the other tail and trim. 


The cost to make one of these is probably less then $.25 each. Seriously. So, if you are looking for easy Christmas gifts or sweet wedding favors, this is it. I plan on keeping a few on hand for a simple gift.




40 comments:

  1. OMgosh I love them!! I completely understand your dilemma, too. I have experienced thinking I was some sort of creative genius only to realize I am not the only one who had thought of an idea. Oh well, you clearly have talent, so who cares what others think!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love them! I know what you mean about thinking you have an original idea and then finding out it's been done before. : ( But it WAS original, because YOU came up with it! It just so happens that someone else did, too, but that doesn't make you a copy cat. : )

    ReplyDelete
  3. These are so dang cute! I have never seen them before and I am all over Pininterest....so see they are originals to some of us!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi!

    Sooo sweeet!

    Thanks for the tut.

    Hugs from Sweden

    ReplyDelete
  5. These are really cute and you´re very creative! Love your blog, will follow from now on! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Not only are these gorgeous but they featured on u create Yay. Keep up the good work original or inspired I love your blog

    ReplyDelete
  7. So cute!!! Your blog is always so great! It is on of my favs!

    ReplyDelete
  8. These are so sweet, I gotta make one or two or ten!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Those are so super cute! They would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas! The bow would also be adorable on a baby girl :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love these and I'm excited for the tip on where to get the felt!

    ReplyDelete
  11. These are the sweetest little things! I'm bookmarking this to feature on Craft Buds soon. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. these are ADORABLE. love them as bookmarks, but can see this tutorial for the bow making used for lots of other things. thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Visiting from TT&J!

    Those bookmarks are so adorable! Thanks for the tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  14. How cute are those?! You are very talented.

    ReplyDelete
  15. These bookmarks are adorable! :)
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    You have been featured at this week's party!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    ReplyDelete
  16. Featured today at http://www.craftbuds.com/fall-treats-fresh-picks-for-sunday-10-16-11/

    Love them!

    ReplyDelete
  17. They are charming! I found them via Vanessa at nifty thrifty sunday.

    ReplyDelete
  18. These are so sweet!! I just came over after seeing someone had pinned this project on Pinterest and I'm so glad I did. Your blog is gorgeous!! I can't wait to find more on here! And I seriously need to go buy some felt so I can give these a try! :)
    *Krystina
    cupahotchocolate.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Found this on Pinterest. Great tutorial and very, very cute.... I'm a follower.

    ReplyDelete
  20. So cute!!! I love it..

    eytozee.net

    ReplyDelete
  21. these are adorable and going on my ever growing to make for Christmas list! (I'm following you now as well)

    ReplyDelete
  22. What a darling tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  23. These are precious! My girls are book worms and would love them.

    thanks for sharing!

    ~Courtenay

    ReplyDelete
  24. i have seen something similar, but i think yours are by far the cutest that i've seen. the felt makes it! i will definitely be using your tutorial to make some christmas presents. thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  25. So cute! Maybe I'll make for a party favor for one my girls bday parties. TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm making these right now and they're turning great! they're sooooo cute! I'm going to throw them in my Xmas gifts. So pleased with this tutorial! THANKS A MILLION!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I am using your tutorial to make these as christmas presents for my book club! So thank you so much for sharing your inspiration :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. IIIII looooooooovvvveeeeeeeeddd!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. These are so cute! I definitely will pin this.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love, love, love these Allison ... I ordered felt before Christmas and was hoping to make up a bunch of these as 'little gifts' for friends & family, but it didn't happen. But I'm making them now and they are so cute.

    One note though, I believe {after following your measurements the first try and having it not look right} that your ".75" measurements for cutting should be ".5" At least that is what worked better for me and came out looking just like yours!!

    XOXO!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Adorable bookmarks! Following from tatertots and jello-stop by for a visit!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Oh My Gosh, I love your tutorial. These pretty felt bows would be perfect for scrapbook pages, handmade cards or bookmarks. Thanks for the post.
    Smiles, Paula

    ReplyDelete
  33. so cute! I just made two, and will be making a whole lot more. super duper easy and SO cute!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi Allison!
    I loved this so mutch that as soon as I was able to find the right staple I have done it.
    I give them as a little gift to celebrate the Women's Day but I Know I am gone make mutch more because they are so cute :)
    If you want you can see them on http://coelhinhoseternuras.blogspot.com/2012/03/lacinhos-para-o-dia-da-mulher.html.
    Thank you very mutch for sharing.

    SóniAS (Portugal)

    ReplyDelete
  35. New to here. They're so cute! Nah you're not a copy cat, I found your crafts are interesting and they are new to me! Love your blog and the instructions are clear. Thanks for sharing!

    Febe from Malaysia.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Love this tutorial.
    Thanks :)

    Shida from Malaysia

    ReplyDelete
  37. First off, congratulations that I found your tutorial pinned on Pinterest. Then, I want to give you a great big THANK YOU! I'm a huge fan of PTI felt myself, and saw these identical felt paperclips available from BasicGrey (I think), and I bought a set for $4.99 with the intentions that I'd make them myself using colors that I like. And I attempted to get them apart, but to no avail. Thanks for the tutorial, the fantastic photos and thorough directions. You took all the math out for me! My friend is getting a group of these as a birthday gift - I gave her one and she uses it all-the-time! You've just found a new follower!

    ReplyDelete

I appreciate each and every lovely comment you leave!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.