Personalized Bookmark with Melissa
Some people bend the page corners to mark their place in a book, others leave their books propped open and facedown, and still others use the complementary cardboard bookmarks many stores bestow upon purchases. But as Martha's friend Melissa Neufeld demonstrates, it's easy to create a personalized, attractive, and longer-lasting solution (not to mention one that doesn't harm the spine or pages) by embossing length of ribbon with your initials or the image of your choice.
- Silk, nylon, nylon-blend, or rayon ribbon
- Painter's tape
- Seam sealant, such as Fray Check
- Fabric glue
- Rubber stamps
Starting with an 11-inch length of ribbon, fringe the top or bottom by pulling out the horizontal (weft) threads until you have about a 1-inch fringe. Dab with seam sealant, and finish any unfringed ends by folding the ribbon toward the wrong side and gluing down with fabric glue. Wash the ribbon on a cold setting. Let dry, and iron flat.
Tape a strip of painter's tape, adhesive side up, to a piece of plain paper. Tape rubber stamps, rubber side up, along the strip of tape in the desired order. If you're using letters, remember that they should be placed backwards so that their mirror image will be readable.
Spritz the wrong side of the ribbon with water. Place the ribbon, centered and right side down, over the stamps. Press with an iron (use a hot setting), holding the iron in place for 20 to 30 seconds.