What to do with scraps, I mused? I know! I'll make bookmarks! And I'll write whimsical or cheeky fortunes, and print them on the back of each one!
I started making these for Art-O-Mat, a company that reconditions old cigarette vending machines to dispense art. (Brilliant, right? Here's a link to their website where you can find where all these machines are located: artomat.org)
The front of each bookmark is sewn oilcloth (from my scraps), and the back is a piece of hand-dyed cotton fabric printed with a fortune. Edges are clean-finished, and a piece of bamboo or hemp twine is attached to the top. Each bookmark comes in a colorful, sealed paper envelope, as pictured. Each bookmark is approximately 2" w x 8" long.
Great for gifts, stocking stuffers, party favors, or just a random attitude adjustment for yourself.
I was on vacation in Flagstaff and found these bookmarks in a great little bookstore. I bought one for myself and use it all the time. It brings such good memories of my trip, and the fortune was exactly what I needed to hear at the time! I love that they are made from scraps and each one is unique. When it came time to buy Christmas gifts for my friends, I knew exactly what to buy. I can't wait to see which fortunes everyone gets. They are so much fun-I will probably buy more in the future!
These are great bookmarks, I got addicted to the Art-O-Mat at my hotel in Philly and couldn't stop buying things. I ended up with 3 of these and all the sayings on the back were perfect! Going back to Philly in a week and I'll be getting more!!
There is something magical about these fortune bookmarks that brings more joy each time I open a book! I’ve given many as gifts with cook books and great reads. Then there is the feel of the cloth!