Blogging since 2009, I'm a 1950s housewife to the bone and I love to share what I've learned with others. I'm a lifelong foodie, raised with Sunday dinners at my grandmother's and daily scratch cooking in my childhood kitchen. I'm a nerdy homeschooling mama of 3, and a wife of 17 years.

I drink tea when I knit and coffee when I do everything else.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day!
Day 1 - Skirt Steak w/ Chimichurri
Day 2 - Top Sirloin w/ Homemade Rub
Day 3 -
Rib Eye w/ Herbed Butter
Day 4 - Rosemary Chicken
Day 5 - Top Sirloin Gyros
Day 6 - Kansas City Style Pork Chops
Day 7 - Steak and Mushroom Kebabs
Day 8 - Dad's Hamurgers, 2.0
Day 9 - Top Sirloin w/ Mushrooms
Day 10 - Kid's Lunch
Day 11 - Chicken Souvlaki
Day 12 - S'mores Cones
Day 13 - Short Ribs

Kitchen & Sewing Skills!
Intro - Syllabus
Lesson 1 - Running & Whipstitch
Lesson 2 - Cookies

Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks


Today, I’m linking up with Petals to Picots, Sippy Cup Chronicles, Happy Go Lucky, and Chubby Cheeks Thinks.

I had seen a few different tutorials online for magnetic bookmarks, first over at Flipflops & Applesauce and then on Split Coast Stampers but ultimately, it was the beauties from The Southern Institute that inspired me enough to actually do it. Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty made an excellent tutorial for The Southern Institute that I deviated from a bit to make my own. I still struggle with my sewing, and it’s no one’s fault but my own – I just need to do it more so I can get better! They came out pretty cute though, I really like them. I will try again after more practice and we’ll see how they look then!

These were super fun to make and a great way to use up pretty and cute scraps. I know pretty much everyone reads on some kind of eReader, but I also know that pretty much every reader has a weakness for the handful of actual books they still have kicking around. A lot of my friends, plus my sister and my dad, have a serious love for used book stores. We also all have a serious love for the library. So these bookmarks were a practical project for us and I hope they are used in place of random subway transfers and bits of paper.

Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
-scrap fabric
-little magnets
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
First I ironed down the edges of a 2″ x 6″ piece of fabric and hemmed all around.
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
Then I folded and ironed in half, and sewed that side down.
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
Next I placed a magnet circle (attracting ends up!!) on each edge, folded the fabric over and sewed it in place.
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks
That’s it!! Then I tried it out in a couple recipe books and did it all over again five more times!
Magnetic Fabric Bookmarks


  1. Jenny  •  Jan 4, 2013 @10:37 am

    I’m glad you got to use Louise’s tutorial! She is so talented at her craft. Your bookmarks turned out great! Happy New Year! Oh and make sure you sign up for the newsletter to get the scoop about what’s coming up in February!

    Thanks! I will absolutely sign up, I love your blogs!

  2. Natalie  •  Jan 4, 2013 @12:29 pm

    Very cute! I wish i had a sewing machine!

    My granny gave me hers years ago and I love, love, love it. Then we moved 4000 miles and packed some of our stuff in a storage unit – including my sewing machine. I have since bought a little one that does the job but it’s short on nostalgia. ;)

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