Do you know about Swap-Bot? If you like swaps, I think the site could be very addicting! I signed up for a couple swaps, one of which was a handmade bookmark swap. The person I was assigned loves tea and her favorite color is red, so I made her these two bookmarks (you only had to do one but I was having fun!).
The one on the left uses a patterned cotton with a tea/hot beverage motif. I cut a piece that had lots of tea references, stitched it to a piece of thick felt, added some hand-dyed silk ribbon as a “tassel”, then did some machine stitching around a few tea cups.
I think the back looks neat, too.
The other one used a couple different fabrics, plus some hand embroidery. I just sketched out a tea cup, then embroidered on my sketch. I added some zigzag quilted stitches in the polka dots, too.
The back is a red & white patterned cotton.
I hope my swap recipient likes them!