You can make bookmarks from paper, card, felt and a whole range of materials, but there is something really special about a fabric bookmark that will last for years and years.
Some of these bookmarks are quite plain and simple, others have lots of embelishments and take a little longer to make. Whichever design you prefer, I hope you find one that you want to make for the avid reader in your life.
How sweet is this little page-keeper? You can follow the whole tutorial, including photos and step-by-step instructions for free on Crafty Staci's blog, and she also offers a paid-for downloadable PDF sewing pattern.
If you have some scrap fabric that has a main focal point, this would make a great choice for this mini project.
I really like this cute tassel bookmark. made from lots of leftover fabric.
The tassels in this tutorial were shop bought, but you could quite easily make your own DIY tassels too!
Top Tips for Your Fabric Bookmark
Use your sewing machine to sew your bookmarks inside out so you can keep all the raw edges inside the finished product. Make sure you leave a gap on one of the long sides to turn it the right way round.
When you’ve finished sewing the two pieces of fabric together (wrong side of the fabric to wrong side). Cut off the corners of the bookmark to make it easier to press when you turn it right side out.
If you’re making a bookmark for your DIY journal, why not make one in the same colors or theme as your journal?
If you’re looking for embellishment ideas for your bookmark, these fabric flowers would make a lovely addition!
Bookmarks make great beginner sewing projects. They’re a great introduction to sewing for children and even adults who have never sewed before.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to make a bookmark out of fabric?
To make a bookmark out of fabric, cut two pieces of fabric to your desired bookmark size (roughly 2 x 6 “) and attach fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one piece of fabric.
Then, sew the second and first piece of fabric, right side to right side. Leave a small gap to turn the bookmark inside out and hand-sew the hole closed.
How do you make fabric bookmarks stiff?
The best way to make a fabric bookmark stiff is to use fusible interfacing on the reverse side of your fabric to add extra durability and strength to your project.
You won’t need to sew the fusible interfacing onto the bookmark as it sticks to the fabric using steam from your iron.
Use heavy-weight interfacing if you want your bookmark to be completely stiff. Use a light or medium-weight interfacing if you want your bookmark to retain some of the flexibility and softness of your original fabric.
How thick should bookmarks be?
Your bookmark shouldn’t be any thicker than 3mm, or you won’t be able to close the book properly, and it will break the book’s spine.
If you use two pieces of fabric and a fusible interface, this should keep you within the 3mm thickness.
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