Not a New Bookmark

Once upon a time, I was given a bookmark that quickly became my favourite.  It was made of fabric with glorious stars on one side and another pattern on the other that I can’t remember (clearly I didn’t look at this side quite as much).  Small weights were sealed in either end to keep the bookmark in place or to hold down fly-away pages if you happened to be reading in a breeze, which happens more often than you might think.

As time went by and the well-loved bookmark kept my place in book after book, certain wear and tear began to take place.  A little hole here.  A little patch there.

Eventually, I had to face facts: if I didn’t do something soon, the weights were going to fall out of the rapidly-developing holes and my bookmark would be no more.  But I didn’t want a new bookmark, so what could I do?

Make a new one, of course!

A couple of weekends ago, I set myself the task of having a new (but not new) bookmark by the time Sunday had rolled around.  So I found myself some likely material and set about measuring up the old bookmark and gutting it to scavenge the end weights.  As far as I could tell, the original bookmark had been sealed with a build-up of zig-zag stitches, but I wasn’t into that idea.  Surely bias binding would do just as well!

It wasn’t easy sailing.  I made a lot of extra work by pinning it all up the right way, deciding it was wrong, then pinning it the wrong way.  By this time, I couldn’t be bothered with doing any more pinning, so I just made the best of it.

Bookmarks Square

Next time, I’d do quite a few things differently (such as checking the direction of the pinning before placing a single pin).  There will be a next time, I’m sure, but hopefully it won’t be for a few years.

For now, I’m quite happy with my not-new bookmark.  It might look completely different, but it’s the same bookmark in spirit.

Have you ever made a new version of a favourite object?  Let me know in the comments.

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