“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot

We can’t get enough books on textiles, sewing techniques, quilting, needlework…in our libraries. Our newest beloved is Fabrics A to Z: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabric for Sewing by Dana Willard. We have it in the store, and a lot of our staff has picked it up, so you know it’s good!

Here’ s a little craft for creating a bookmark that won’t shift or fall out. They are great for gifts for teachers and friends…or use them to mark all of your favorite reference pages!

Ribbon Bookmarks


  • Ribbon
  • Shock cord
  • Awl
  • Needle & thread
  • Button

1) Tie your piece of shock cord into a loop knot.


2) Using  an awl, poke a hole through one end of your ribbon.


3) Feed the loop through the hole.


4) Fold the raw edge under and secure with a pin. Then, handstitch (you can also machine stich this) the 3 sides shown below to close the loop end.

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5) On the other end, simply fold under and stitch around all 4 sides.


6) Using the awl as a shank to create a space for closure, sew on a cute decorative button.


7) Tie a knot around the button base several times to secure.