This is a great Christmas gift for all the readers out there! My son loves to read, and is now reading chapter books! He is in 1st Grade and I’m one proud Momma! I made him this book mark out of ribbon and elastic. For this bookmark I used Blue/Lime Green Horizontal Stripes Ribbon. I think he’s going to love it!
This is a very simple project that would not make you crazy to make several. I also love that there are not many supplies needed.
I wanted my pleated ribbon to be the size of the book cover, I wasn’t sure exactly how much ribbon that would take, so I didn’t cut the ribbon until I had folded the ribbon to the length I wanted.
To make your ribbon pleats first seal the ribbon end with your preferred method and fold the ribbon over and pin it in place.
I left 1 1/2″ of ribbon and then folded about 1″ back over. The pictures explain this better than I can. Just do what looks good to you! 🙂
Continue folding and pinning until you have reached your desired length. Then cut your ribbon.
Once you have cut the ribbon seal the end with your preferred method, fold it over and pin in place.
Sew the pleats down. Make sure the loops are facing you. Take your pins out as you sew. If you sew over the pins you will likely break a needle. Also don’t forget to backstitch at start and finish.
Measure the book and cut the elastic to size. Then sew it to the inside of your ribbon on both sides. Go back and forth over the elastic a couple times to be sure it is secure.
Put the elastic around the book and the pages to mark the spot you are at.
This is a good book mark for kids because they are always carrying around books and if they aren’t careful a regular book mark could fall out.
Using this technique you could make many different things. I made a headband with Dark Navy Solid Grosgrain Ribbon by gluing my pleated ribbon to an elastic headband.
Just so you know… 7/8″ Ribbon is only $1.40 for 5 yards! Just imagine how many bookmarks, headbands, bows, you name it! All for $1.40! Truly an UNBEATABLE deal!
I glued some buttons from my Antique Mix Vintage Tin to it to make it more interesting.
I love the way the Dark Navy looks with those brass buttons. Classic!
If you don’t like headbands you could make a bracelet.
There are so many fun things that you could do with this! Have fun with it!