Okay, so technically i’m using a faux leather / vinyl but this is still a really cute and quick craft that I did with the twin 11 year olds I watch each day and they loved it. Here’s what you’ll need:
Leather or Pleather – about 10-12 square inches or 30 x 30 cm
Paper for heart shape / pattern
Coordinating color of embroidery thread
Gold Leafing Finish – I used Precious Metals I purchased at Hobby Lobby
Wet paper towel – for painting mistakes
Small Paint Brush
After gathering your materials, you’ll need to cut two heart shapes out of your leather. The easiest way for me to do this, is to use the corner of a regular piece of paper as a guide like so:
My hearts ended up being about 2.5 inches or 6.3 cm from the point at the bottom to the crest of the heart. If you are having trouble getting the shape of your heart right, you can download my completely ghetto and amateur scan I did of my heart shapes here: GhettoHeartScan The one on the top right is your best bet since you can see the outline of the corner of my paper. You should end up with these.
Next we’re going to paint the edges of our hearts. I picked up Precious Metals Premium Leafing Finish in 18 karat gold at Hobby Lobby. The thing I like about it is that it is water based and if you catch a mistake quickly enough, you can wipe it off with a wet paper towel.
I chose to only paint the very outside edges of my hearts but you go crazy and do whatever you like. I did just enough that you can see little flashes of the gold when you’re looking at the finished bookmark straight on.
I let my the gold leaf dry for about one hour before I began the process of sewing them together. We’re going to start sewing about halfway down one side of the heart, continue down to the point and then up the other side finishing again about halfway. Be careful to make your stitches small (less than 0.5 cm) and close to the edge. Start here:
I’m using a very basic blanket stitch for these. It’s the simplest for me and neither of the girls had any trouble picking it up after just a few minutes. If you need a refresher or have never done a blanket stitch before, here’s a great video.
Here’s a photo that shows clearly where the stitches start and stop.
And that’s it; you’re done! The bottom point of the heart should easily slip to the top or bottom corner of a page in your book. Happy crafting and let me know if you have any questions!