April 16, 2010


Hello readers!

This is Pam, a member of the QuicKutz Design Team. My children recently had a month-long reading theme in their school. This assignment got me to thinking. April is supposed to bring showers, and what better thing to do on a rainy day that curl up with a good book and read, or maybe do a little crafting! I decided to combine my two favorite activities, reading and crafting, and develop a cute little bookmark.

First, I gathered up my supplies:

Zigzag Edges (CC-BDR-065)
Flower (RS-0008)
Epic tool
Felt, solid and patterned
Sewing machine
Embroidery floss

I started by using my Epic tool to cut the patterned felt with the new Zigzag Edges die (CC-BDR-065) and the solid felt Flower die (RS-0008). I must admit, it was my first experience cutting felt with my dies. While the dies cut great on the patterned felt, I had to trim the edges of the solid felt flowers.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE these new border dies?! I think the zigzag is my fave! After cutting out my shapes, I laid the zigzag-edged patterned felt onto the black felt and cut my desired bookmark size.

I then pulled out my sewing machine, and while I don't claim to be very good at sewing, I added a simple outline of color to the edge of the bookmark.

I then adhered the flowers with embroidery floss, using the buttons as centers. Next I went back to the sewing machine and sewed the ribbon onto the top. Voila! A cute little bookmark was born.

My daughter saw this on my scrapbook desk after arriving home from school today. She promptly placed her order for a leopard printed bookmark. I guess that's next on my agenda!

I hope April brings you a lot of sunshine and Spring flowers, but if rain heads your way, just grab your craft supplies and play a little!