This month’s craft blog comes courtesy of 12-year old Chloe. She is going to show us how to make her lovely flower bookmark: perfect for all the reading that we hope you will be doing over the long summer holidays!
What you’ll need:
You should be able to find all these things in craft shops or the craft sections of high street shops and supermarkets.
A pair of scissors
Three sheets of coloured felt
Chloe has used two shades of green for the flower stem (the main part of the bookmark), and pink for the flower, but you can use whichever colours you like. You may even choose to do a different design!
Pick colours that either match or contrast with your felt: it’s up to you!
To make the bookmark:
Take the two sheets of felt that you are going to use for the flower stem/main part of the bookmark.
Using the pen, mark out the shape of your flower stem on one of the pieces of felt. It doesn’t haven’t to be straight (as flower stems aren’t!) so it can be drawn freehand, but you can use a ruler if you’d like to.
Chloe chose to make her flower stem a 15cm x 4cm rectangle.
Put the marked sheet on top of the other one, and cut your stem out of both pieces.
You might find this easier to do if you use a paperclip or pin to hold the felt together (mind your fingers!) or ask somebody else to hold them, while you cut (mind their fingers!).
2. Using the needle and a piece of thread, carefully sew the two rectangles together around the edges, using small stitches.
3. Tie the thread, using a double knot, and cut off the excess.
4. Take your third piece of felt, and draw a flower shape on it.
5. Cut out the flower
6. Place the flower at the top of the rectangles, with only half of it on the felt. You could use a paperclip, or a pin to keep it in the right position.
7. Carefully sew the flower on to the rectangles
9. Tie the threads at the back of the flower, using a double knot, and cut off the excess.
9. Draw a smiley face on the flower!
And here’s your finished bookmark!
Choe says: “This bookmark was really easy to make, and the colours look great. I would definitely make it again!”
Why don’t you have a go at making your own bookmark? Remember to post a picture onFacebook orInstagram and tag us!
We’ll have another craft blog for you next month: in the meantime, why not have a go at making our lovely flower posy?