Book Weight

WoodsyJanuary 30, 2007

I made one of these for a friend's birthday and she loves it. When you sit at a table and read, the weight holds your book open for you. They are great for using with cookbooks, too.

Since then, I made 10 more. A friend who belongs to a book club is making them for all the members.

They are really simple and easy and make a great gift for a reader or a cook.

Materials:

Scrap fabric

1/2 to 3/4 cup coarse sand

one long straight pin

Cut 2 pieces of tightly woven (like calico) fabric 8 1/2" x 3". With right sides together, sew 3 sides with a generous 1/4" seam, leaving one small end open. (use a tight stitch length and backstitch at beginning and end.)

Turn right side out. Fold under open end about 1/2" and press the whole thing. Using a funnel and holding the weight upright, fill with the sand until it is at least 1 1/2" from the opening. Place the straight pin across the weight where the top of the sand is. This will "hold" the sand back a bit and keep it from spilling out too much. Sew 1/8" all the way across the opening, backstitching at beginning and end. That's it.

I'm going to start adding one of these to all the kitchen type gift baskets I make from now on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fabric Book Weight

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Woodsy

This is the first time I posted a link...It went to my photobucket site...but the information to browse and upload pictures shows...did I screw this up?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 10:12PM
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minnie_tx

No, the photo came out ok and when you click on it it enlarges. What a nice way to use up scraps too. thanks for posting it.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2007 at 10:27PM
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minnie_tx

Why don't you postthis over on the Quilting forum too? They are always looking for gifts to make from their stash of material and scraps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Quilting Forum

    Bookmark   January 31, 2007 at 10:29PM
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oddie

woodsy, what a neat idea, I am always laying something on my books to keep them open, thanks for shareing!
Happy Crafting
oddie

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 7:58AM
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honeysuckleridge

Thanks for sharing this!! This is a great idea and so easliy personalized..denim,scrap quilts,toile..oh the list is endless.

thanks again!!
ginger

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 10:04AM
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Woodsy

minnie, I went over and posted this on the quilting forum..thanks for the suggestion.
And I LOVE the idea of personalizing them Ginger..never thought of that!
Woodsy

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 8:32PM
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Woodsy

another good tip...one of the gals in the quilting forum suggested filling the weights with kitty litter instead of sand..I'm gonna try that with the next one I do..will smell great, too.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2007 at 1:46AM
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minnie_tx

See, I told you so!!!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2007 at 11:09AM
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Woodsy

minnie...lol, you were right! Very friendly people over there! I'll be checking in on that forum from now on...thanks!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2007 at 1:41PM
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chelsea_idealseats_net

Hi Woodsy!

I'm so glad I came across this post! I have no experience with sewing and I don't even own a sewing machine. I think your book weight is a great idea and I would like to find out if I could purchase one from you. Please email me and let me know how much. I could snail mail you a check or PayPal.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 5:05PM
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grandma_bonnie

Great idea on the book weight. I looked at your other items - I have a question. What are the dimensions of the walker tote? my nighbor wants to make some for the vets hospital in Fresno and I couldn't answer her questions about it...

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 7:58PM
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amberscu

Grandma Bonnie,
Try this site:

Here is a link that might be useful: Walker Bag

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 11:50AM
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grandma_bonnie

Thanks - she is not computer literaste so I printed it out... I am on my way to the $$$ Store to buy kitty litter so make the weights - I am at a three day Faire this week-end and beings that it is at the beach - and..... ummm... well... there is... WIND!!!!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 12:26PM
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