12 Days of Christmas Project 4 – Mixed Media Bookmarks

9 12 2011

This project uses one of my favourite techniques to make an amazing laminated fabric out of Lutradur and Angelina fibres.  Once you know how to make this fabric, the uses are unlimited.  For those of you who made ATCs in Brisbane with me, you will recognise this straight away.

Materials required to make a 10 by 15 inch sheet for 6 2.5 by 10 inch bookmarks are: about 12 by 18 inches of two different colours of light weight Lutradur;  the equivalent of about 2 five gram bags of Hot fix Angelina fibre (a mixture of colours is good);  baking paper or applique mat; craft heat gun or stencil burner; backing fabric, Timtex or other firm middle, two sheets of vliesofix/Wonder Under/double sided web – all cut to 10 by 15 inches; cotton thread, metallic decorative thread (optional) and sewing machine; 1.2 metres of fine ribbon and/or cords,  rotary cutter, quilters ruler and cutting mat or sharp scissors.

Coloured lutradur has two very different sides, but there is no right or wrong.  Just choose the side you want to have foremost and work on it.

Lay your Lutradur, right side up on an ironing board and sprinkle about 1/3 of the Angelina over the surface.  Spread a thin layer of the Angelina.  It does not need to be even.

Place you baking paper or applique mat over the top and iron with a hot iron melting the Angelina to the Lutradur.  The two will bond together.

Take this outside with your heat gun and zap the living daylights out of it.  Distress the fabric with the heat, moving back and forward.  I also tend to heat both sides as you will have different bits bubble, warp and melt away.  Where the Angelina is thickest, it will act as a greater resist to the heat than were it is lighter, even though the Angelina is very responsive to heat too.  There will be an odour off the heated lutradur, so make sure you do this outside or somewhere with good ventilation.  Don’t burn yourself either.  In classes, I provide aluminum backing tins and bamboo skewers.  The tin to place the fabric on and the skewer to keep your fingers out from under the hot air of the heat gun.

When you are happy with the level of distressing, set it aside and prepare the second layer of Lutradur.  the photo above shows about half way through my process.  I stopped, had a look to see how transparent it was, and went back to heat it a lot more but the photo I took at that stage was blurry so I am not sharing it.

Lay your second sheet of Lutradur on the ironing table, side you like best up.  Scatter the remaining Angelina over the surface.  You want this to be thicker than the first as it is going to be both decorative and the glue in our laminate.

Lightly iron to stop it from moving around

Leave this on the ironing board, right side up and place the distressed fabric over the top, also right sides up.  You should be able to see the colour of the bottom layer coming through the gaps and spaces or the top layer.  At this stage, you might decide to head back to the heat gun and zap a bit further.  My experience is everyone is a bit timid at first and this is the point where you decide to heat distress more.

Place the baking paper on top and iron with a hot iron until the two layers are firmly stuck together.  This process will also darken and matt down some of the Angelina creating new colours and light reflection.  The scrunched surface of the distressed fabric will become fixed too.

Iron the vliesofix or double sided web to both sides of your Timtex.  Remove the paper on one side and iron the backing fabric, wrong side to the vliesofix, in place.

Iron the second piece of vliesofix to the other side of the Timtex and remove the paper.  Place your layered lutradur, face up and with baking paper over the top, iron it to bond.  You now have the equivalent of the three layers of a quilt – top, batting, backing.  Trim the edges to make the piece 10 by 15 inches.

If you want to add some decorative thread, wind it onto your bobbin.

Flip your work upside down and work from the back

Drop your feed dogs and use either an embroider or a free motion foot.  Set the stitch to an embroidery stitch, zig zag or just a straight stitch and meander all over the place.  Don’t be controlled or planned, just wander.  Don’t worry about stitch size, even-ness or balance.  You are creating texture, not structure.

here is what happened on the front while you weren’t watching

Add a couple of different threads if you like, though you can just as easily skip this step if you prefer.

Cut your sheet of fabrics into six 2.5 by 10 pieces and stitch around the edges using a tight zig zap (on my machine I set it to 4 wide and 0.5 short).

Take a hole punch or very sharp scissors and punch a circle through all of the layers at one end.  Centre the hole as best you can.  Cut your ribbons/cord into six 20 to 25 cm lengths.  Take one set and fold it in half.  Hold the cut ends together forming a loop.  Push the loop through the hole in your book mark.

Hold the loop with one hand and feed the cut ends through the loop.  Pull the cut ends through to knot.

Repeat with the other book marks and you are done.

Pop one inside a new book or use for stocking stuffers for your friends and family that love to read.

An alternative use is to make two sets of the lutradur fabric and iron onto both sides of the Timtex.  Cut stars, hearts, diamonds etc and use as decorations for your tree.  You could add beads and more decorative stitching if you like.

You can also personalise the bookmarks by using a plain fabric on the back and writing a message, poem or embroider the receivers name.  Options are endless.

As always, please share this link with your friends if you like.  See you tomorrow.




3 responses

11 12 2011
Erin Derr

These are amazing! They are so beautiful. Thank you for showing us all the work that goes into making them.

22 12 2011

Just gorgeous Cecile…..are all these products available from you….???

22 12 2011

thanks. the products are pretty much all available from me. I tried to minimise the new things you might need to buy and have the bulk of the project from stuff you might have in the cupboard, but all the specific things I mentioned plus some of the ‘cupboard’ items are things I carry. I don’t sell anything I won’t use, so I tend to use what I sell if that makes sense.


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