Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tool Time Tuesday...Eyemark? Bookmark?

Hello everyone. It's Tool Time Tuesday and you know what that means...something out of the box! I've either used something from a hardware store, an automotive store, used tools to make it or I've dug through the trash to find a treasure. Anything is fair game for Tuesdays even one of my old tutorials.
I made a little change to my eyeglass case tutorial and used a drill to do it!!
Here it is...My Eyemark!! One more thing you may have notice about Tuesdays are the titles to the post. I try to make up something catchy. Well, Courtney and Kelsie think "Eyemark" is...well, they don't like it.
I took an eyeglass case and attached a bookmark, so I think that equals an Eyemark. If I make millions from this some day, my girls are going to be sorry I copyrighted it first, Lol !!!
Here it is...a perfect combo to hold your glasses and to hold your page. See tutorial below.

You will need 2 pieces of fabric 4 inches x 13.5 inches. One of the pieces that I used was a pre-quilted fabric for the outside and the other is cotton for the lining. You can quilt your own piece first or use cotton for both. You just won't have the padding like the quilted kind. This pattern is reversible, so pick 2 cute ones.

The extras are: matching ribbon and some doo dads for the end of the bookmark. The doo dads are optional.

Start by placing the fabrics right sides together.

Stitch one short end with a 1/4" seam.

On the other short end, center the ribbon on the fabric.

I rolled up the rest of the ribbon and pinned it so it won't get caught in the seams.

pin to keep ribbon and edge secure.
Sew another 1/4" seam on this short end.

Now bring both seams to the middle, still with right sides together.

Finger press the seams open...

and match up the seams.

Pin both sides.

Sew 1/4" seam on both long sides, but leave an opening for turning. See my opening on the upper left hand side.

Here's the close up.

I clipped the corners to reduce the bulk.

Turn right side out through that opening. Machine or hand stitch that opening closed.

Now, open up the fabric that you want to be on the outside and start tucking in the lining.

The eye glass case is done, but the ribbon just needs a little jewelry. You can tie on a pendant from an old necklace, or a bead or a special little something near and dear to your heart.

I've picked a thimble...but this is where the drill for Tool Time comes in. If you love thimbles...just look away for this part!

I drill on a block of wood, so I don't go through my desk.

Didn't hurt one bit.

Now to get the ribbon in that tiny hole...

a big needle will do the trick.

Tah dah!!

Tie a knot to secure inside the thimble.

Now that's much better...a little bling or should I say Thimbling. Now that's a name for something...I'm going to use that somewhere!

I started to read this book and the title is so fitting for me right now. I haven't quilted in a while due to time and a crazy schedule. I feel like a "Lost Quilter". I think I need to find myself this summer.


attached to an eyeglass case equals...

Eyemark! How about imark or seemark, or bookandsee, seebook, booksee, marksee...ok I'm going crazy and the girls are laughing at each name I yell out, so I give up.
What do you think? I think I like Booksee!

I need to go to bed. It's after midnight and I'm slap happy with all these names, LOL
Have a great Tuesday,


  1. I like BookSee! What a great idea! Put on Etsy. I bet you will sell them. ;o)

  2. It is hard to pick one name but I am sure what ever you pick will suit it wonderfully. It is a fabulous idea and very clever as always :) Hugs Vicki

  3. too cute! I have a dozen pairs of reading glasses but I still can't find one when I want to sit and read!

  4. GREAT ! ! ! ! ! Booksee or Eyemark both are good names!

  5. Another clever idea!
    I'll have to make this so I stop looking for my glasses! Do you think it will help ? LOL

  6. I love it! Send it to Jennifer C. and she can help you market it! Good luck.

  7. Gorgeous and handy too! I love the colour! Also love Jennifer C's quilter's books... makes me want to quilt!

  8. Really nice and clever idea!!!
    I'll surely try.
    I must have one of this 'cause I always loose my glasses alla around.

    ♥♥♥ Mamau ♥♥♥

  9. I love BOOKandSEE the best (for names). This is a very cute idea!!!

  10. Oh, Karen, another clever idea from that creative brain of yours. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh I want one of these. So cute and easy as well as solves a major problem.

    Hugs - Marie

  12. Eyemark that's the one I pick and the "Eyedea" is great our just too clever!

  13. You did it again....great idea....what a brain!

  14. Another great idea...and cute too!

  15. Awesome idea! Two purposes in one!

    Btw-your photos are perfect.

  16. To never lose your glasses or your place in the book again and in such a pretty way...brilliant idea. And I LOVE your sweet little thimble charm idea.

  17. What a good idea - now maybe I'll be able to find my glasses!

  18. What a cleaver idea. I'm always looking for my reading glasses - this will definitely solve the problem!

  19. Great Idea!! Great pictures and directions!! Lost Quilter is a great story!! Enjoy your invention and the book. you should make a bunch or make them up as kits and sell them.

  20. Karen I posted my comment to the
    wrong day. I posted it on Mon.
    This day has been going backwards
    all day. Love your idea and call
    me when you earn a million with it.
    Tell the girls I want their part.

  21. What a neat idea and a great gift too.

  22. Another great tutorial....great idea. I wear glasses all of the time, but it would work for my prescription sunglasses because sometimes I read outdoors!

  23. What a great idea for a quick handmade gift. Now I know what I am making for my mother and my mother in law...and for myself too! Thanks for another great idea!

  24. That is a wonderful idea and great for gift giving. Much better than the ones I made.


  25. What a great idea!! Can't read without my glasses anymore !


  26. I don't need glasses (yet) but wanted to tell you the idea is awesome!

  27. Neato!!! I made my own holder for my Nook reader, I might just have to add a eyeglass holder. No need for a bookmark though.

  28. OMG!! I LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing :)

  29. That is such a great idea. I think this would make a great Christmas gift.

  30. Great idea and a great tutorial. This is a good way to use up all those cheap little thimbles I don't like too. I'm going to be doing lots of these to give to my quilter buddies along with a Quilting paperback at Christmas. I love it. I think Eyemark is a great name. I always look forward to Tuesdays now. Hugs, Linda

  31. Karen you never cease to amaze me! What a fantastic idea!!!! I like BookSee too!!

    Hugs a million! Vikki xoxo :-)

  32. Love this ides...Thanks so much for the tutorial...Think I will make some for my sisters...

  33. Karen, this is an awesome idea !!! Your tutorial is great, very clear pictures and instructions. I may give it a try !!! Thanks for sharing...

  34. I don't care what you call it, I love it. Now, I have to take my glasses off to read, so what a great idea to store them in.
    Thanks for another great idea..

  35. Some more name suggestions (sorry if I repeat someone else's)...
    M-eye book(maybe with little eyes in the double o')
    M-eye mark
    M-eye place
    Eyes mark the spot

    Hey, it's almost 4:30 in the morning...some are going to be a little off the wall!

  36. This is a good idea even if you just use the ribbon with the thimble on it for a book mark. Nice! :-D

  37. Very cool! And even moreso for me personally, because I love to read and I'm realizing that it won't be long now before my arms aren't long enough. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link. I'd love it if you would come join my link party sometime!

  38. What an innovative idea! And the fabrics you used are lovely too, i love the blue.
    This is my second visit to your blog, so i've decided to become a follower, you have some cute and interesting crafts here! :)

  39. I just knocked out four of these - it was sooooo much fun! Thanks so much for the pattern...I'm making one for each of the ladies in our Bible study :)

  40. ...I will post a picture of it on FaceBook!! you can look for me Teresa Berendt Kaiser

  41. Splendelious!!! Thank you for sharing and thank god for Pinterest. My friend wants a case to go with her tote and by jove, thanks to you; I've got it!




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