I have been wanting to make some felt bookmarks for a long time, I have just been waiting for the right die set to do it with. When I seen the new Scene Builders Die Set, I knew this would be the perfect set so I dove right in! I know a lot of people that work with felt really recommend a higher priced felt and if you want more unique color options that’s probably the route you will want to go. My preference is to use felt you find at your local craft store (for $ 0.25 a sheet) and use a shim and I always get a beautiful result. So just play around with your felt options before investing a lot of money in higher priced options. Also, I want to say while many stamp companies offer some great choices, shop around on Etsy as well for felt. There are some wonderful companies over on that site that dye their own felt and they create a ton of really unique and beautiful colors! Finally, in this video you will see I did give you a presentation tutorial as well. I know some people will want to have these available for little gifts, classroom treats, or to sell at a craft fair so I really wanted to show you a way to have a great way to present the bookmarks in a fun, easy, and pleasing way! You can watch the video tutorial for all the details!!
***After reviewing many prices of felt online, if you feel you want to go the 100% wool felt route I HIGHLY suggest taking a peek at a few Etsy shops where the prices of a felt sheet is often $1.00 a sheet, compared to $5-$8 in other places. I will leave links to shops below, directly above the supply list. These are not affiliate links and I am not associated with these shops in any way and do not know any of the owners personally, I just believe in smart shopping.***
I HIGHLY suggest watching the video tutorials above for the full run down on making these felt bookmarks. For all of my die cutting today, I used the Scene Builders Dies and Stitched In Circles Dies from Craftin Desert Divas. Also, I would suggest using a metal shim if you’re cutting a lot of these. I got by with a paper shim, but had to change it out often to keep the pressure at the maximum and the waste could really add up. To adhere all of my die cuts to the paper clips and together, I used my hot glue gun. I found this to be the best adhesive, but by all means, use whatever works best for you!
To put together the bookmarks it’s a pretty simple process. I die cut two of each die cut, a front and back, and after adding a drop of hot glue to the back of the one them, I laid a paperclip over the glue to secure it down. Then, after adding more hot glue, I added the second die cut to the back of the first, securing and hiding the paperclip between the two. Finally, I added any remaining elements with more hot glue. They really are that simple! If you have any strands of hot glue you can either pull them off or use scissors to cut them. Also, if you do have any places, like I did, where you get a bit of glue where you don’t want it, it can always be snipped away with a sharp pair of scissors to clean it up!
If these bookmarks are for yourself you can stop here and start using them, but if you want to gift them as a gift, classroom treat, or even sell them at a craft fair I also found a way to make their presentation pretty! Using the smallest scalloped rectangle die from the Fancy Frame Dies I die cut six from white card stock. With my craft knife I put two 1/2″ slits in the top portion of the rectangles to clip the paperclip onto. At the very bottom of the rectangle, I used several different sentiments from the Simply Said stamp set and black dye ink. I love and used this set because the sentiments are short, sweet, little, and there is every sentiment you could ever need included!
These bookmarks were a quick and easy project and a little something different to work on! Of course you can use different dies, but I love these and they remind so much of images in storybooks, they fit into the bookmark category perfectly!
If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on today’s card, you can find them all linked below. (Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you) Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some thing with me today! Happy Crafting!!
**A few Etsy shops that sell a TON of unique colors of felt for close to $1.00 a sheet. Please check these out before purchasing other overpriced options** I am not affiliated with these shops and do not know the owners, these are just great shops and deals!**