Step 1: Trace image onto paper-backed fusible web (Wonder Under or Heat n Bond).
Step 3: Make bookmark base. Layer fusible Peltex (Jo-Ann’s version of Timtex) between two cuts of fabric. This Pellon Peltex is No. 72 which is fusible on two sides. Perfect option for this type of project. You can use any type of stabilizer and attach your fabric using regular fusible web if need be, it’s just an extra step.
Step 4: Cut your shapes from the object fabric. Leave the paper on until you’re ready to press to the base. I like this design I chose because I don’t have to worry about a right side or wrong side orientation. I trace and the gecko goes on ‘upside down’ but it doesn’t matter.
Step 5: Cheap fabric paint I found in a 5 bottle kit at Jo-Ann’s. It really works. Inexpensive rubber stamps for the letters.
Step 6: A view of the base before final finishing. Zig zag stitch around the edges, press shapes to the base and stamp on any lettering.
Step 7: Free motion quilting. The free motion works to secure the shapes to the base and provide decoration. I used some variegated threads on the body.
Step 8: Up close picture of the finished bookmark.