April 30, 2020

Pinwheel Bookmarks

When I shared the Black Eyed Susan blocks I made for Darlene in the True North Bee, I said that I made a lot of bonus HSTs while doing all the stitch-and-flip units. I turned the HSTs into 2" unfinished pinwheels, using them as my leaders and enders while working on a few little projects.

Then I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. There were 10 pinwheels, all in coordinating colours, but in kind of random combinations. I tried arranging them into a pleasing layout so I could make a mini quilt or mug rug out of them, but I just wasn't feeling it.

Then I hit on the idea of making bookmarks and I loved that idea so much I did the entire project without thinking to take a single picture of the process. Ooops! Oh well...here are the finished bookmarks 😊
fabric bookmarks | DevotedQuilter.com
Five pinwheels in a row felt like it would make the bookmark too long, so I chose to add two 2" squares to the mix so I could make three bookmarks that are 1½" x 6". I had a strip of the same white print that is in some of the pinwheels, so that's what I used for the backs. I chose not to use batting, in the interest of keeping the bookmark as thin as possible. Even without batting, they have a nice heft because of all the seams in the pinwheels.
pinwheel bookmark | DevotedQuilter.com
I always save bits of ribbon, so I had a length of orange ribbon that worked nicely. I stitched it to one end of each bookmark, then stitched the fronts and backs together, leaving a gap for turning.  Folded the seam allowances under after turning, pressed, then top stitched all the way around and they were done.
pinwheel bookmark | DevotedQuilter.com
Quick and simple, oh-so-cute and made entirely from scraps 😊
pinwheel bookmark | DevotedQuilter.com
I've listed them in my Etsy shop, if you're looking for some new bookmarks, for yourself or for a gift.

7 comments:

  1. Terrific! I wondered what you’d do with the little pinwheels. I save those cut-offs, like the ones from joining binding ends, and sew them back together too. I made a little 5” mat that sits on the toilet tank, but these are great projects too!

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  2. Wonderful treat...bookmarks from leftover triangle scraps!

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  3. It is always pleasing to be able to make something useful (and lovely!) from scraps that would otherwise be wasted isn't it Leanne?

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  4. What a great way to use up those tiny "too small for anything useful" bonus triangles! I've got a lot of HSTs set aside to use up in a quilt, but I have to admit that I don't save the really small ones....

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  5. What cute bookmarks. Great use of scraps.

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