My apologies for a lack of posts, my computer died and it took awhile to get a new one.

Have a late secret Santa gift or just don’t have a clue what to give to a family member or a friend?

Give something truly from the heart,  for anyone who likes to read (print) book, writes in a journal or just needs to keep their place in something! Also if they don’t do any of that, you could always make one to be a necklace (justs be sure its long enough to be wrapped round the neck, to look like a choker, or just drape around one’s neck.


I’ve started making  book thongs this year. I had purchased a couple in the past in Waldenbooks

and a friend gave me one as well (sadly it broke I used it so much! I still have yet to repair it)

In my opinion, they are better than those boring ribbons that are bound in journals (and likely not the color(s) you want), and these are much nicer looking than actual bookmarks. They are like jewelry for your book! They also stay in place better than a book mark (which always sseems to fall out) as they are weighted by the beads and charms.

Here’s a few of the ones I’ve made on your left…

The first one is a holiday gift for a friend who Likes penguins

The one in the middle was part of mom’s mother’s day gift, one year.  Mom said its so pretty it should be earrings (I think she was referring to the bottom part)

The Chinese themed one on the right is mine. I need to get a better picture of it as well as, I should take a picture of the journal(s) it should be with, (see the bottom of post.


To make these you need some beads, some charms, as well as chord/string.

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I have leather like cord as well as some hemp twine.  Just be sure if you are buying the beads specifically for this project, that you make sure all the beads have the same size hole and the chord fits in the beads!

I’ve seen some book thongs (like the one on right)  where people have made them fully beaded (with small seed beads for the spot where it goes in the book, but that will mess up the spine of the book, as well as the book thong won’t stick in the book as it should.)

I have also thought of making my book thongs long enough to be a wrap around necklace/Choker.

One of My favorite things about book thongs is I don’t think I saw any 2 alike in the store. And when you make them for you they have your personality and likes (color, maybe interest like a Harry Potter themed one) Even when you make a gift for someone, likely it’s not just made for their interests and personality nor does it show yours, with these it does both!



If you are giving it as a gift, I came upon this cute little card one could make

I’m going to have to see if I can make some business cards with that on it (or my own version) to stick with mine.

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I sell the book thongs by request, you tell me a color and a theme you want and I’ll see what I have in stock to make it and give you a price on how much it will be. I can also make matching earrings and other things if I have enough of supplies. You can make your requests in the contact form below.


Here are those Journals The Chinese themed bookthong goes with.


Want to order a bookthong?


Image Transfer

Depending on what you are working with there are 2 ways to do this

The first is if you want to ‘trace’ something into your journal or on a report etc. I learned about this recently.

This one is great for those of you that journal, or might want to make your own picture but can’t quite get it just right so you can use a few different images to put it together to create it

Get some GRAPHITE paper  this can be erased after you have gone over it in the color you want.

make sure when you purchase in a store it says graphite as Carbon will not erase.


Transfer an image to wood, clay etc by using

a printed image, and some baby oil!  as seen here

Sewing Project #2 ~ FABRIC earrings

I’m still working on project #1, I’ve had a problem with my hand, as well as got a different idea for it so I had to undo some of my work.

TIMG_0316his project was inspired by this pair of earrings….

My Aunt had bought them from someone…and I don’t want to copy someone so I put my own style twist on it. I liked the front of them which is the earring on the left.. Yes they have 2 different fabric designs on front & back.  I did mine with just one design and FOLDED the fabric over the heatbond… (& at least for now was  for practice… )


Keep in mind when you see my twist on this  that i HAND SEWED & embroidered them. This way you can make the stitch as small as you want not to mention where you want it (instead of it going through the embroidered part…)

Once I find 2 different types of fabric I think the designs would be cool together then I’ll make the version in the picture.



-sewing  Needle (or machine)


-colored thread      (depends on color of fabric)

-Fat quater  60 Pcs Fabric Cotton 100% Printed Boundle Patchwork Squares of 10*10cm

Or just go get 2 of the ones at Walkmart that are like 99cents (or maybe a little more) you don’t need a whole stack!

Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Light Weight Iron-On Fusible Interfacing-White 20″X36″
I had used the Ultra (heavy duty) but that was because mine was already opened)

-Fiber fill (prefereably in sheets) Fairfield Poly-Fil Traditional White Quilt Batting, Full Size, 81-Inch by 96-Inch, 1 Batting

(*For the photo version you need fabric paint, 2 different designs of fabric)


Step by Step

  1. Cut a piece of the fabric from the square. I cut a long piece to make a few (of various shapes)

2.  cut the heat & bond  to half that size

3. lay heat & bond between the fabric

4. Iron while making sure there are no spots that open (otherwise you may get some fraying.)

5.  Cut to size & shapes you want (so much easier to do after the heat bond..though you may get a few spots that will open at the edges)

6.  if some of the pieces are a bit ‘big’ you can fold in half & use the iron to make it stay

7. Using the design in the fabric and ’embroider’ (which was my idea for it)

medium to dark colored fabric    use bright, or lighter thread colors  (even metallic)

Light colored fabric use dark thread colors

(if it’s a solid piece of fabric.. there’s all sorts you can do but if a gift.. why not monogram

8.  once done with the embroidery   sew around the edge (2-3 sides)

9. take a pinch of stuffing & fill  (if you are able to get ‘poly fill’ as a sheet (quilt batting) that is what you need if you want it ‘quilted’ looking. mine look more like mouse pillows

10. finish sewing the side


11. Make hole  (You might want to use an eye rivet)

12  & include jump ring & fishook earring


13 You’re done!!

p.s once I get the items I need to make the hole and turn it into a earring.. I will post photos or video of that as well…

You can find some of them on my Etsy Shop Kims knock out Customs

(if they are not yet up, please drop a note here or on the site, and I will post them for you to see.)