HHM Reading Craft Tutorial:

The following is a guest post by Denise Cortes who publishes the site pearmama.com.

I’ve been a bookworm at heart ever since I was a little girl. Once I learned to read, my favorite thing to do was to find a cozy nook and read stories. Go outside and play, my mother would say to me. I did what I was told, but I often wondered why when I could find everything I wanted in a book. Books have a way of transporting you to a different time and place. Once I learned books could do that, it opened up the world to me.

I don’t always have the time to read like I used to. Bummer. When I do, I tend to read it from cover to cover in just a couple of days–I’ve been known to read with a flashlight in bed so I don’t disturb my husband! Anything to find some quiet time to read.

One of my favorite things to do is hold on to a good book so I can read it over and over again. When I go back and revisit some of my favorite books and read through the familiar pages–it’s like visiting an old friend. Victor Villaseñor’s Rain of Gold is one of the books I always come back to. Each and every time I do, I discover something new. As a result, the cover is faded and the pages are dog-eared, but it’s still a beloved story in my eyes.

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Latinas for Latino Lit’s Festival of Books, I wanted to share a quick and easy way to make your own fabric bookmark. This is a good way of preserving your favorite books–no more bent pages!

Earlier this year, I made batik-style prints on fabric using a glue resist technique. You can read all about it here. Basically, it’s making designs on fabric using glue gel, which resists paint. You can create all sorts of cool patterns this way. I had lots of fabric squares I had experimented with just stacked and waiting to be used in a diy project, so this was the perfect opportunity.

If you don’t have any glue resist fabric laying around, it’s okay. Just use what you have–quilt squares and oilcloth works great, too. The size of your bookmark is totally up to you. My bookmark was 9 x 3 inches.

What a simple way to make a bright and colorful bookmark, don’t you think?


Denise Cortes is a native of Southern California. This Latina mom loves to share stories about life with a large family and how she made it through six pregnancies, four home births, extended breastfeeding and now, homeschooling. Denise is passionate about the creative spirit as a means of cultivating self-worth in children. Denise blogs at www.pearmama.com, where she shares fun DIY projects, modern art for kids, and her children–four sons (16, 14, 13, & 11) and two daughters (8 & 9). Denise is also a regular contributor at BabyCenter and Mamiverse. You can also follow Denise on Pinterest , Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

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