Tutorial Tuesday: Paper Piecing


I’m quite excited about today’s tutorial.  My inspiration was drawn from Scrappassion’s awesome bookmark.  This looks like a lot of work, but you will be surprised how quickly it goes together.  I decided to do 8 bookmarks, so I cut, stamped, and sewed eight booksmarks at a time.  Odd Bird Planet has so many owls.  In fact, OBP was one of the first to produce the ever-so-popular owl stamps.  With 83 owls in stock, you’re sure to find something in your style.  Even if you do not have owls on hand, this technique is something that could be used many other ways.



Stamps, ink, leaf punch, circle punch (not in photo), eyelit and fibre


Stamp your image onto at least three different pattern and three different plain coloured cardstock.


Cut three sizes of paper:

2 1/4″ x 5  3/4″

2″ x 5 1/2″

1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″


On the back of your paper, run adhesive down the centre.   To prevent adhesive from gunking up your sewing machine, stay away from the edges of the paper as shown above.  If you do not want to sew your bookmark, then adhere the paper edges solidly.


Layer the paper.


Take two layers of scrap paper and place them back-to-back.


At this stage, you want to sew across the paper to see if your tension and line stitch is acceptable.  Remember, sewing on paper is a little different than sewing on material.


Once your tension is acceptable, sew around the edges of your paper.


Cut out various pieces of your stamped image and piece paper as shown above.


Punch and cut out embellishments.  Note how the moon has been sponge to add depth.  The branches were hand drawn.  It is easier than you think.


Once your bookmark is put together, the last step is to punch a hole, add an eye, and fibre.


Have fun with your bookmark.


Felt bookmarks

Adorable paper bookmarks

Rubber stamped bookmarks

Handmade card and bookmark

Kimona bookmarks

Stamp’n Up bookmark

Martha’s hillarious bunny bookmarks

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Posted on : Mar 31 2009
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8 People have left comments on this post

Mar 31, 2009 - 08:03:15
Kim H said:

This is just gorgeous! I love the piecing of the owls and the sewing! I have been doing a lot of reading I should make a book mark!

Mar 31, 2009 - 10:03:41
Charity said:

Oh, I just love this!

Mar 31, 2009 - 11:03:31

Awesome tutorial on book marks…what if you are sewing challenged..lol
I love the owls and PP..great job.
connie paxman

Apr 1, 2009 - 07:04:11
Cheryl said:

Great bookmark Beth! I have no sewing machine so I won’t be doing this one but hope to catch you next week.

Apr 1, 2009 - 05:04:25
Celly said:

I love this ! Great tutorial, love the sewing !
Thanks so much for sharing !

Apr 2, 2009 - 06:04:33
beth said:

Hey Beth don’t give up on me yet this week hope to get to this darling bookmark tomorrow I love it been a bothersome week haven’t had time to play BOOHOO

Apr 3, 2009 - 10:04:45
Claire said:

Just love this bookmark – its absolutely fab – great layout, colours and I am particularily fond of owls ! x

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