DIY: Beautiful Bookmarks

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From sleeves to screens, it seems like tablets are getting the most stylish accessories nowadays! Well what about books?! Dress up your books with these pretty fabric bookmarks, and make your techie friends jealous. They’re also the perfect present for the bookworm in your life!

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark MaterialsWhat You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Bluebird 1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon #00307

1 Yard of Pink 3/8” Pom Pom Fringe #31664

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting

1. Cut 1′ of grosgrain ribbon, and paint a small amount of glue onto the edge of the ribbon. NOTE: Every time you cut a piece of ribbon, you should seal the edge with some glue to prevent fraying.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each piece should have four pom poms.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Glue the pom pom trim to the top of the ribbon. Repeat the process on the other side.Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side. The cut should make a V shape with the negative space.

Coral Velvet Bookmark

Coral Velvet Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Light Coral 36mm Imported Velvet Ribbon #02436

1 Yard of Sage 5mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe #58606

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or rulerCoral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Velvet Ribbon

1. Measure 1′ of your velvet ribbon. Cut to measure, and glue the edge.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each side should have three pom poms.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Paint a strip of glue, and adhere the pom poms to the edge of the velvet. Repeat on the other side.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side.

Coral Lace Bookmark

Coral Lace Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Coral 5 1/4” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

1 Yard of Ivory 1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin

1. Cut  1′ of your satin ribbon, and glue the edge.

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin and Lace

2. Paint one side of the satin ribbon with glue. Coral Lace Bookmark Laying Lace

3. Quickly place the lace on the satin ribbon before the glue dries.

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4. Once dry, cut off the excess lace on each side.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

5. Cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the opposite side. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

6. Repeat step 5, but cut going the opposite way from one side to the corner. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Ribbon Bookmarks Finished DIYs

Now your books look stylish, and can compete with any trendy accessory!

Bookish DIY Roundup

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Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Wallpaper Covered Books from A Merry Mishap

Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!

Sweet Paul Book Shelf

If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!

Clutch Made from a Book from Wishes at 11:11

Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!

Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design

Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!

Book Binding 101 from Design Sponge

If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!

So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!

Library Inspiration

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We don’t know about you, but to us libraries and books have an elegant charm that Kindles just can’t touch. (No offense.) Curling up in a corner with a good book is the ultimate stay-at-home activity for a chilly winter night, and having a beautiful library to hide away in is even better! Check out our library inspiration that will make you feel smarter and more stylish just by looking at it.

Jenny Komenda Styles Tribeca Library

We love the eclectic mix of modern and vintage in this library/work space. And those arched shelves are amazing!
Stacked Books from Top Design MagSometimes chaos can be totally called for. A stack of books can easily become a tiny table for a cup of tea or coffee!

Rainbow Library from Top Design Mag

Does anyone remember Reading Rainbow? Well check out this literal iteration! Books organized by color look so cool, and we don’t want this trend dying out any time soon. Your plethora of books can easily become a work of art!

Bold Fuchsia Library from Belle Maison 23There’s nothing like a bold pop of color to really brighten a room. This fuchsia bookshelf would get anyone excited to read!

Which of these libraries would you love you read in, and what books do you think would feel most at home in these varied spaces? Let us know in the comments below, and send us a pic of YOUR library to @mjtrimming!

Giveaway Alert!

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This week’s giveaway is all about inspiration before you create

This Week’s Books

“Crafting a Business, Make Money Doing What You Love”

“Where Woman Create, book of inspiration”

“Extraordinary Touches for an Ordinary Day”

Here’s How to Enter:

Join our Facebook Page then post a comment on our wall.  By Completing this sentence, “My Favorite color from the 63 different colors of Velvet Ribbon is …”

View the color of Velvet Ribbon here

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page on Monday January 3rd at 1pm EST

M&J New Fashion DIY Books

By Blerona

Ever wanted to learn new crafts, create vintage inspired accessories or learn a basic sewing technique? Well M&J Trimming has just upgraded with some of the newest Fashion Inspired and DIY Books out this season. With titles including Fashion for Dummies, Haper’s Bazaars Fabulous at Every Age, and Stitch ‘n’ Fix. Check out our great selection of Fashion and DIY Books.