Fact: Engagement season is upon us. Did you know the time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day is the most popular for U.S., Canada, and UK marriage proposals in a calendar year? So why not kickstart 2022 with the cutest and easiest DIY you ever did see using materials you probably already have in your house! And even if you’re the one getting married, these make perfectly thoughtful last minute gifts for bridesmaids, wedding party people, and all those other wedding day VIPs. Upcycle fabric from those fabric samples you’ve acquired from planning or even an old dress with the prettiest pattern.
Not getting married? These are perfect for literally anyone, too. Teacher gifts, your favorite bookworm, your Mom, the list goes on.
- FREE “heart bookmark” printable template
- Felt scraps (I used Guava from Benzie Design)
- Fabric scraps (I used Liberty London fabric in Malvern Meadow and Suffolk Fields)
- Metallic gold embroidery floss
- Wedding planning book
Whether you prefer to hand embroider or use a sewing machine, you can use either for this project! I’ve done hand embroidered since it’s a bit more accessible for all crafters. You can also cut out your fabrics with an electronic cutting machine like Cricut using a simple heart shape. Make sure your heart has no curve at its point as you need a 90° angle for your book’s corner.
If you haven’t done handstitching before, practice on some scraps before doing this project. I’ll be using a running stitch (e.g., dotted line) and something like a backstitch (e.g., continuous line). Have fun and use whatever stitch you’d like!
PRINT YOUR TEMPLATE & CUT
Using our free heart template, print without resizing in your printer settings. Your printed out hearts should be sized at 2 inches when cut out. Cut along the dotted lines, and let’s get this simple DIY made!
CUT OUT YOUR FELTED SIDE
If you happen to have a corner piece available on your felt scraps, use the corner to make cutting your hearts easier!
CUT OUT YOUR FABRIC SIDE
Your fabric may have some stray strands when cutting, so try not to tug too much. You will end up needing to trim once everything is sewn together as the felt and fabric find their places with each other.
SEW YOUR TWO HEARTS TOGETHER
Starting from the felt side, do a basic stitch (or any preferred stitch!). The one I’ve done for these is called a running stitch (e.g., dotted line). On the back of my bookmark is like a backstitch (e.g., continuous line). You will need to create an “L” shape with your completed stitches leaving the curved heart section open. This is where you will insert it onto your book pages!
START MAKING THOSE PLANS
Enjoy wedding planning with the cutest bookmark ever!
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ABOUT THE MAKER
Considered an enthusiastic creator in the wedding industry since 2009, Chelsea LaVere Barton is a retired wedding photographer, editor-in-chief of Coastal Virginia’s online wedding publication, Tidewater and Tulle, and co-owner of UK-based wedding signage shop, High Oak & Co. Before her photographer days, Chelsea was a classroom art teacher and adheres to the mantra of “making life more beautiful” in all she does. When she’s not DIYing, she loves to go on local British adventures with her husband, write about said UK adventures on It’s a Hard Biscuit Life, and quietly relax at home with their cat Pickles Barrington. You can find her scrapbook of life on Instagram.
DIY TUTORIAL CREDITS
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Chelsea LaVere Barton // Wool Craft Felt Sheets & Embroidery Floss: Benzie Design via Etsy // Modern Wedding Planner Book: Blush and Gold via Etsy // Felt Flowers: The Grey Rose via Etsy
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