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Book Weight

Posted by woodsy (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 30, 07 at 22:03

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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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?


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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.


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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


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


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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


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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


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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.


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See, I told you so!!!


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


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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!


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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...


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Grandma Bonnie,
Try this site:

Here is a link that might be useful: Walker Bag


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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!!!!


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