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Bookmark Doll for Altered Book

This doll bookmark is made so the head will peek out of the top of the book, and its legs can hang about 4 inches down from the bottom. It is a fairly flat doll so it will not be very bulky in your book.

Begin from the legs and work upwards to the head. Make legs from a flat trim, at least a half inch wide, found in a fabric store, a tape measure, cotton cording wrapped in 1 inch strips of colorful torn cotton or muslin, or 3 different types of fiber or ribbon braided. You can cut the fabric for wrapping the cording, but the torn edge provides a distinctive textural look. Cut lengths for legs that extend from the top of book to 4 inches below. You can leave the ribbon at the bottom plain or knot it for feet, even tie a bead on each one.

Make arms with similar items recommended for use as legs, although I suggesst using a different medium than the one you used for the legs. Make arms the length of the book. Since these will be inside the book, use a flat material. Look for unusual beads –two smallish, rather flat ones to tie on the ends for the hands.

For the body use a patch pocket cut out from old clothing or sew a simple pocket. Denim jean patch pockets are fun. I like to embroider on the front and add a few embellishments, but it’s not necessary. I’ve used ribbon, fibers, appliques, buttons, lace and beads to spruce up the body. Then fill pocket slightly with fiberfill or other stuffing. Pin the legs into the open side of pocket and sew, securely fastening the legs into the body.

Attach arms to top corners of the pocket and you can cover with lace, shawl, epilauts, etc. if desired.

Be creative making the head. Consider using flattened bottle cap, one inch diameter button, flat wooden circle, a large washer from the hardware store wrapped with light gauge wire or embroidery floss. Since the head is above the book, it can also be 3-D like a large wooden bead or a wad of cotton balls wrapped with wire or floss. Attach head to top of pocket, either by sewing if possible or by gluing with a strong glue appropriate for the material you are adhering.

Adding a face is optional. I often do not bother with features on 3-D heads, but I sometimes cut out a picture or photograph of a face to put on the flat surfaces. For hair I top the head with a material such as curly excelsior, unraveled 3 ply yarn, or multiple strings of crochet chains.

To personalize your bookmark, add other embellishments. Sometimes my doll sports a tiny straw hat or plastic ‘jewel’ beads at her ears for earrings. I have made a long scarf to wrap. around her ‘neck’. This is a project that I find hard to finish. I can always think of just one more thing to add.


Patch of Fabric Fantasy

Collect a variety of fabrics and piece together a variety of shapes — squares, rectangles, strips, triangles — into a small crazy quilt, approximately 12×15 inches in size. Using a piece of muslin, back quilt square. With a wide variety of embroidery stitches, outline the seams in different colors of floss. If you have access to a sewing machine, you can do the embroidery work on your machine.

Applique a piece of material as a focal piece, using fusible webbing. Try a straight forward design such as a house, heart, bird or star. Or be adventurous and use any shape you want. Finish edge with a machine zig-zag stitch or hand embroidery stitch. Optionally, glue a lightweight mirror to the center or use a fabric transfer of a photograph, preferably using a copy of a vintage photo.

Use embellishments such as buttons, fabric flowers, beads, jewels or metal squares, to either fill in several shapes or the center piece.

Attach three ribbons, all different sizes and colors, in rows at the bottom of the quilt by tacking on each side, leaving top and bottoms of ribbons loose for now. Using a variety of ribbon, fiber or narrow strips of material, weave these into the horizontal ribbons, letting about 3 inches hang from bottom and filling entire bottom edge. Sew around edges of original ribbons to secure or sew overlapping ribbons to quilt using buttons. Other options are to adhere jewels or beads to the ends of the ribbons, add charms or make a fringe.

You can edge with Lumiere metallic paint on all sides except for the bottom if desired. Apply ribbon or fiber for the hanger, attaching it to the top corners or attach a loop to back.