Sewing: Making a Weighted Bookmark

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The Consequences of Fear, a Maisie Dobbs mystery, by Jacqueline Winspear was the latest book I finished reading. I love it when I’m the first to read a newly acquired book by the library.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

New books always seem to want to close when you are reading them, and sometimes you just don’t have two hands to keep them open, especially if you are enjoying a cup of tea while reading.

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I saw and idea for a weighted bookmark and just had to create my own version of one to keep the book securely open, and the bonus is you can use it as a bookmark at the same time.

You need:

  • material scraps
  • washers or something else that has weight
  • sewing machine
  • thread and scissors
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As I can’t get out to purchase more washers during this lockdown time in Ontario (third one since the pandemic started) I used washers from my washer necklace idea awhile ago.

After measuring the length and width of one of my favourite crochet bookmarks, I doubled the width, added a bit of seam allowance, and stitched my own version.

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  • with wrong sides together stitch each end of the bookmark
  • turn so the right sides are facing out
  • press seams into place
  • place washer in the end and stitch a little pocket
  • repeat for the other end
  • seem around all sides of the bookmark
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In the book, Maisie, believes a young lad, Freddie Hackett, when he says he saw a murder committed and against opinion that she should drop the case, she is determined to find out who and why the murder is committed. Freddie delivers messages and on the way saw a murder, and after delivering the message he goes to the police, but they do not believe him. Maisie pursues the investigation and uncovers a lot of information, and finally solves the case.

For those that haven’t read this series, Maisie is a psychologist and investigator who enlisted as a nurse in WW1. Dr. Maurice Blanche was her mentor in learning to become an investigator and in 1929 she opened her detective agency with Billy Beale as her assistant. As well as her agency she is involved in top secret investigations with the War Office. This book concludes with the bombing of Pearl Harbour in WWII I’m really hoping there are more books in this series, but do have my doubts. At the end Maisie had married an American, she is winding down her agency and giving more over to Billy, so she can spend more time with her daughter and family.

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The weighted bookmark kept the pages open and was easily moved from top to bottom of the page. It is also used a a bookmark (one end inside the book and one end outside the book) for the next time I want to read it.

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Make your own bookmark

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9 Responses

  1. Linda

    What a simple but great idea, I hate having to hold the pages open while I read. That book looks great too, have a good week. x

    • Crafty Gardener

      It was a fun and quick project and kept me busy for awhile. Need to get another book to read as I got that one all finished. Our libraries are on pick up only, so will have to see if there is one I can order.

  2. Vondean Erickson

    What a clever idea. I need to have my son look through some of the boxes of that were his Dad’s and we moved them out here. He took them to his garage as I do not have room here. I know there are washers among the other things.
    It is always a surprise what you come up with to make. I have a box of books to send to my sister in Iowa so will try to get one of these made to send along.

  3. Margie

    Another great idea! Let’s hope this will be the last lockdown…

    • Crafty Gardener

      I hope so too Margie, but unless everyone does stay home I don’t think it will clear up in the big city. Have a good day.

  4. Myrtle

    A great project Linda, love the weighted bookmarks. Another series that sounds very interesting.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Myrt, it has been a really good series, I’ll just have to wait and see if there is another one. The weighted bookmark was a fun little project to do. We are supposed to have snow overnight and into Wednesday. YUCK! Enjoy the day.

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