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The ‘STAY PUT’ Elastic Bookmark….{never lose your place again!}

My parents were visiting several months ago and my dad had a book with him that had a wide elastic band around the outside cover.  I asked him what it was and he showed me that it was this great little bookmark that held its pages closed and secure… matter what.  So no more throwing your book in a bag and the bookmark slipping out, no more folding pages to mark your spot because you know your bookmark will slip out, and no more getting frustrated with little fingers who leaf through your book and lose your place on accident.  No more of any of that.  Genius idea!


Since then, I have seen many different sizes and styles and variations of this same concept.  Most of them have a plastic base with some wide elastic that threaded through it at the top…….but I knew the plastic part would be tricky to duplicate.  So I figured I could come up with a replacement for the plastic.  Yes……fabric!






It really is as simple as pie to use.  (Wait, pie’s not always that simple…..where did that saying come from??) 


Anyway, it’s super easy.


Just place the fabric section of the bookmark in the page you want to mark, close the book, turn the elastic inside out, and slide around the outside cover of the book.






The elastic keeps the book closed and protects all the pages from fluttering open in the wind, getting bent in your bag, etc…….and the fabric section marks your place.  Cool, right?






I dare ya…….drop it and see if your pages fly open.  (don’t worry, there’s not really any sound…)



See?  Works like a charm! Haha! :) 

(No laughing at my amateur video skills!  I’m sure you could have visualized without the video….but the way I always lose my bookmark, is by dropping my book.  I’m easily impressed……so, I love that I can drop my book a trillion times, and still not lose my place. Yay!)



What a great gift to give alongside your favorite book.  And why not make the recipient two??  I can’t stand doing this, but I know many people rotate between 2 different books at once.  So, yeah, better gift 2 bookmarks to that sweet friend of yours!





Also, if you’re a beginner sewist……give this a try.  It’s a great project to learn on.





Mission accomplished. 


No more missing bookmarks or lost pages.  Love it!





Would you like to make a few for yourself??


First of all, you’ll need cotton fabric.  The floral fabric is quilting cotton and the striped is upholstery fabric (which means it’s nice and sturdy).  Both are cotton though.


Cut out 2 pieces of fabric (per bookmark) that are each 2.5 x 7 inches.


Then, cut out some fusible interfacing that’s a 1/4 inch smaller on all sides…….so 2 x 6.5 inches.  Then lay it face down on the “wrong” side of your fabric pieces and center it a 1/4 inch away from all the edges.  Iron it to adhere it in place.  (Need help understanding fusible interfacing??)


The grab your 2 bookmark pieces and place them together, with right sides together and then sew them together along the two sides and the bottom, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance (shown on left).  Then, clip the two bottom corners off, being careful not to cut through the seam you just made (shown on right).  (Need help understanding why you clip corners of fabric??)


Now, turn the tube right side out.  (I like to use a pencil and use the eraser end to shove the fabric inside of itself.)


Next, poke out the corners and iron the tube flat.  Then, fold the edges of the opening inside of itself a 1/2 inch and then iron flat.


Next, cut a 1.5 inch wide piece of elastic long enough to fit around your books nice and snug.  All elastics will stretch a little differently, so you’ll need to experiment around a few books.  This elastic (more info on where I purchased it) is nice and stretchy and I cut a 16.5 inch piece.  Then I folded it in half and lined up the ends with the opening of my bookmark tube.


Then I slid the ends right inside the tube opening, overlapping by about an inch…..and pinned it in place.


Then, I sewed around the outside edge of the entire fabric portion of the bookmark (making sure to sew through the elastic as well), an 1/8 of an inch from the edge.  Then, I sewed 2 more lines of stitches through the top portion of the fabric, about a 1/4 inch apart……catching the elastic in between the layers of fabric.  I did this to prevent the elastic ever pulling out.



And that’s it!!!


Cute and functional little bookmarks.  To keep……or give away! :)







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