Time for some planet love! There are lots of ways to love our planet–my favorite are all a little crafty! And, one of the most planet-friendly craft supplies is felt. Yes, felt!
You see, craft felt is actually plastic and made from things like recycled plastic bottles. Therefore I thought that felt would be the perfect medium to use for creating a fun little Earth Day DIY bookmark. Plus, I love felt!
Supplies needed to make your own felt Earth DIY bookmark:
- Craft Felt (blue and green)
- DIY Bookmark Earth Template
- Embroidery Thread (blue and green)
- Clear Tape
- Thick Braided Elastic
Print out the Earth template. Cut out the felt pieces you will need as shown on the template – 2 blue circles and one of each green land mass. To get the most precise cut, cut out the template shape from the paper and then use the clear tape to tape the template directly to the felt. Then use sharp scissors to cut through the tape.
Take one of the blue circles and stitch on each of the green land mass pieces as shown below. I used a running stitch to do this. If you’d prefer not to stitch you can always just glue down the green pieces of felt using Fabri-Tac or another type of permanent fabric glue.
With the front of the DIY bookmark done, it’s time to move on to the elastic strap. I really like the type of bookmarks that hug a notebook (and hold together all of the things I cram in there) so I used a thick, braided piece of elastic.
The length of elastic you will need will vary depending on the notebook you are making this for. Simply wrap your elastic around the front cover and trim it so that it is slightly shorter than wrapping all the way around. Next I headed to my sewing machine and sewed the ends together, creating a loop out of the elastic.
As a final step do a running stitch around the outside of the globe, making sure to stitch through the elastic on both ends.
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.