DIY Fabric Bookmark | Free Tutorial

Do I have a scrap busting project for you today! Hey, Peek-a-Boo readers, It’s Kelly from Handmade Boy and I’m back to share a cute tutorial for how to make fabric bookmarks.

DIY Fabric Bookmark

The DIY Fabric Bookmark is so great for using up those scraps of your favorite fabrics that you can’t stand to part with. This would also be a great beginner project for your child to practice sewing straight lines with.

DIY Fabric Bookmark Instructions

For this project, you will need two scraps of fabric cut to 3″ wide by 7″ tall and a piece of sturdy interfacing cut to 2″ by 6″.  (I used Pellon 809.) If you would like a tassel, a scrap of cording or ribbon 3″-4″ in length.


Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of one of your fabric pieces. Make sure it is centered.


If you are attaching a tassel, baste it in place along the top of the bookmark. You want the part that will extend out the top pointing towards the bottom of the bookmark.


Place your fabrics right sides together and stitch next to the edge of the interfacing. Leave a gap several inches long along one side for turning.


Clip your corners.


Press back the seam allowance along the side with the gap for turning. This will make topstitching the hole closed easier.


Turn the bookmark right side. Use a chop stick, wooden knitting needle or something similar to push the corners out.


Press your bookmark and then topstitch around all the edges, closing the hole used for turning in the process.


And you are done! Simple right!


If you have some great knit fabric you love, simply interface it with some SF101 and follow the same steps.


You can also sew smaller pieces of fabric together for a patched bookmark.


Sew up a kitty coffee cup full of them! These would make excellent teacher’s gifts, party favors, Mother’s Day gifts or a nice addition to any gifted book.


There you have it – the DIY Fabric Bookmark. Now go bust some scraps!

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also enjoy our DIY book sleeve tutorial

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7 Responses

  1. I have pellon 931td and pellon 180. Which would work better in your opinion. I’m banking on 931 personally because I’ve used the 180 for collars before.

    1. Hi, Kim. In case Kelly doesn’t see this question, I thought I’d throw in my two cents. She used Pellon 809, which is Decor Bond, which is VERY stiff, and similar to 808 (Craft Fuse). Of the two you mentioned, I don’t believe either is close to either of these. But you may be able to make this project by fusing two layers of the 931 to the wrong side of one of the fabrics. Good luck!

  2. Perfect! This is exactly what I hoped to make and super handy for those small scraps I didn’t want to part with. I may even go mad and try quilting! ,D
    Thanks for the dimensions and instructions.

  3. Can you tell me where I can find the heart fabric that you used for the bookmarks? Great project, easy to follow! Thanks!

  4. OMG Kelly, bookmarks are very nice but.. That kitty cup!!! I love it!! Where have you find it?? 😀 thanks if you’ll answer me! 🙂

  5. Thanks, Kelly FABRIC for this bookmarks tutorial. I am must try this tutorial.It really looks easy.I have always wanted to try feathers! I’ve been too scared! Thanks for the great tutorial and template…there’s no time like now to try!
    Warm regards, Marion

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