I bought this awesome swirly grosgrain ribbon from Michael's in the Dollar Bins last year. I thought it was cool, but I had no idea what I'd use it for. Bookmarks are perfect. I've been on a reading binge lately (all fluffy YA novels--delightful summer reading), so I knew I'd put them to good use.
I started out by measuring the lengths on a trade paperback and a mass market paperback to get a couple of different sizes. I wrapped them around each sized book and just snipped them when the ends met. The next time I make these bookmarks, I'll probably cut them just a bit shorter to allow for the stretch of the hair tie.
I folded over the raw end that was going to get a button later and double stitched it. Then I moved on to the side with the hair tie. I folded over about an inch of ribbon and pinned the hair tie in place. Then I sewed with the presser foot right along the pin. Then I pulled the pin out and sewed again with the presser foot up tight against the hair tie.
When it was done sewing, I trimmed the edges of the ribbon and used a lighter to melt them so they wouldn't fray. If you wanted to sew a little less, you could even just carefully melt the end that gets the button and call it good.
I picked out two large buttons from my stash. Since I wanted to recycle the buttons, I had either brown or black to choose from--so I went with black. I sewed the buttons on by hand and I was all done. Super quick and easy. Time to go read!