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Fabric Bookmarks

Sew easy fabric bookmarks

No need to worry about losing your bookmark anymore. With this scrap friendly tutorial you can whip up several fabric bookmarks in no time so you will always have one to hand. Plus this a really simple project to make, so it is suitable for beginners too. 

Quited bookmarks

Customise your fabric bookmarks

There are a few different ways you can customise these book marks to make them your own and it’s best to think about that before starting to sew so you can have the right materials to hand and a plan of what you want to make.

This tutorial is for the simplest form of book mark, a single piece of fabric on each side. However, you could:

Make a quilted book mark – use fusible fleece instead of interfacing and quilt the finished bookmark.

Make a patchwork bookmark – piece small scraps together before you start to sew.

Add a ribbon to the bottom. Insert a piece of ribbon before you close the hole at the bottom.

Embellish the bookmark – You could sew on ribbon or lace, sequins or add applique to create your own unique book marks.  Don’t go for anything too chunky like buttons because you still need to be able to close the book with the bookmark in it. 



Large scraps of fabric at least 9 inches tall by 3 inches wide. I used Sundance by Beth Studley and Kitty both from Makower.

Medium or firm interfacing cut to 8.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide. I used Vlieseline H630 for my quilted bookmarks and Vlieseline H250 medium interfacing for the others.

Optional – ribbon for the bottom

Scrap sewn bookmarks

Step 1

Cut your fabrics 9 inches tall and 3 inches wide, you need 2 pieces per bookmark – a front and a back. This is a great project for fussy cutting fabrics to show off special detail like the houses in the fabric pictured above. If you want to embellish your fabrics now is the point to do so.

Cut your interfacing 8.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide  – 1 piece per book mark. If you wish to make a quilted bookmark use fusible fleece or scraps of wadding instead cut to the same size.

Bookmarks sewing tutorial

Step 2

Iron the interfacing onto the back of your front fabric centring it so there is a small gap all the way around. If you are using wadding scraps you may wish to use spray glue to hold it into place.

Step 3

Place the front and back piece of the book mark right sides together. If you have a directional print make sure it is the right way up.

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Sew around the outside leaving a 1.5 inch gap at the bottom (where the black arrow is in the picture above) for turning.  Use a ¼ inch seam.  Start just before the bottom left corner and finish just past the bottom right corner. You may wish to reinforce the corners by stitching over them twice.

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Step 4

Trim the corners as per the image to reduce bulk. Then turn through the bookmarks using a point turner to help push the corners out. Press the bookmarks being sure to tuck the bottom seam in. If you are adding ribbon insert the top of the ribbon into the hole in the bottom of the bookmark now.

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Step 5

Stitch around the outside of the bookmark using a 1/8 of an inch seam closing the hole in the bottom as you do so. If you are quilting your bookmarks do so now.

Now your fabric bookmarks are finished and ready to use.

Happy reading!

Sew a simple bookmark

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