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Making an Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark


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May 9, 2015

Adjustable Ribbon BookmarkNever lose your page again, with this awesome bookmark! It is easily customizable and perfect for both kids and adults.

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Supplies:

  • wide ribbon
  • 1/8 wide elastic
  • buttons
  • sewing machine
  • needle
  • thread
  • pins
  • scissors
  • lighter, optional
Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
 

Steps:

  1. Calculate the length of ribbon needed by measuring around the cover of the book, with a few pages included. Double the amount and cut the ribbon. Use a lighter to singe the ribbon ends. Then pin the ends, right sides together, and sew with a 1/4" seam.
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
  3. Fold the ribbon seam ends flat and sew in place.
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
  5. Move the seam to the center of the ribbon loop and sew the button on at one end. Then sew across the other end (about 1/4" from the edge) and run the elastic through the end.
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
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  7. Test fit the bookmark onto your book and knot the elastic at the appropriate length, to wrap around the button. NOTE: Be sure to account for the amount of stretch required for the bookmark to be used towards the end of the book, when it will need to wrap around more pages.
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
  9. Cut off the excess elastic and singe the ends with a lighter. Then pull the elastic so that the knot is hidden inside the pocket.
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
  11. The bookmark is all finished and ready to use!
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
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  13. TIP: For the thicker books or smaller (pocket sized) books you can add a second button and make the elastic loop longer so that it is more adjustable the further you are in the book.
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    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
    Adjustable Ribbon Bookmark
     
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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
July 17, 2018

When I toss my notebooks in my bag sometimes the pages get caught on something. I like having this ribbon bookmark on, so my notebook doesn't open.

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My ribbon bookmark is for my composition notebook measuring 9.75" x 7.5".

Ribbon Bookmark - ribbon stretched over a composition book

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