Not a fan of dangling bookmarks? Fine. You can still craft hand-stitched bookmarks that mark a place in the book and keep the needlework outside the book where it’s visible. What is this marvel of modern stitchery? The bookband.

  • Bookband 01

    Embroidery + Elastic = Bookband

    Turn just about any bit of finished needlework into a bookband by adding elastic cord to make a loop. I used a Funk & Weber Designs Embroider Me! bracelet that was awaiting beads and a clasp and a recycled 1/16″ gold cord, probably off of a gift package.

    Use a giant tapestry needle to open two holes on either end of the bracelet. Make the holes large enough so that you don’t need to thread the 1/16″ cord onto a needle, but can hand-feed it through the holes. I used my yarn-sized tapestry needle.

    The loop—needlework plus cord—is about 16″ in circumference. I’d go smaller for mass market adult books.

  • Bookband 03

    Secure Cord

    I found the elastic cord didn’t knot very well, so I tightly wrapped the cut end to the loop with some of the size 8 pearl cotton I used on the bracelet.

    If you’re a beader, you might use a large crimp bead or tube or use wire to wrap the two legs of the cord together.

    I dabbed glue on the cut ends of the cord to keep the metallic gold covering from fraying.

  • Bookband 04

    Front and Back

    Because we finish the back sides of our bracelets with pretty stitching, the bookband becomes more or less reversible. Cool, eh?

  • Bookband 02

    Ta Da!

    The elastic band marks the page while the needlework remains snug against the cover, visible but not dangling.

4 Responses to “Bookbands”

  1. Jane Thomas

    This is a super idea and since I work in a library, I am going to make these as little Christmas presents for the other librarians. Thanks so much.

    January 12, 2014 @ 12:39 pm
  2. Jen

    Yay, Jane! I’d love to see pics when you’re done.

    January 12, 2014 @ 12:53 pm
  3. Cat

    Do you mean 16 inches *in diameter* (how do you shape into a perfect circle to measure?) or do you mean the length (perimeter) from one point on the band around to that same point?

    Great idea for a bookmark!

    May 22, 2014 @ 3:54 am
  4. I mean I’m a dope! That would be *perimeter,* Cat. Or circumference. I will edit the post to correct that. Thanks heaps for pointing it out. I can’t believe no one pointed it out sooner.

    And to think I consider myself fairly good at both English and math. Ha! Both of my parents were math teachers. Oh, the shame!

    I do love that bookmark, though.

    May 22, 2014 @ 7:32 am

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