DIY Fabric Bookmarks With Felt Applique

Here's a super easy tutorial for fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. You might have noticed my felt-circle bookmarks from a while ago (they include a great PDF template, so grab it while it's free!) These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones. 

DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique
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The DIY bookmark with felt applique is also a wonderful project to get your kids involved in sewing; depending on their age, they can choose the fabric, the felt colors, they can cut the felt forms, or even sew if they have already learnt how to sew. Older kids will be able to complete the project on their own.


First, for those of you who like video tutorials, I've made a video slide-show just to make it easier for you. Check it out:


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.


Now, check out this easy tutorial! Let's start at the beginning and see what you'll need for the project:


Supplies:

AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.

  • BASE: a 9 by 6 inch (=23cm x 15cm) large scrap of fabric
  • a piece of fusible fleece or batting: 2 1/2 inch x 8 1/4 inch (=6.5cm x 21cm) - i.e. in the finished bookmark size to avoid bulk on the stitching line)
  • optional: same dimension as felt batting: sturdy woven interfacing for additional stability
  • a few felt scraps in your favorite colors
  • sewing machine or needle, pins, sewing thread, scissors
  • optional: a few cookie cutters (you'll see soon why)


Fabric Bookmarks With Felt Applique - TUTORIAL


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
1) Cut the rectangular fabric piece for the base (dimensions above). You'll only need ONE piece per bookmark only. I made 4 bookmarks this time.



AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
2) For added stability and thickness, you can apply the fusible interfacing and batting to the base. I chose two layers, sturdy woven cotton stabilizer for stability and fusible fleece to give the bookmark a bit of a body:

AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
3) Apply fusible interfacing and batting to the base, one on each side as you see in the image above.


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
 4) Fold under the seam allowance along both long edges of the fabric. Press.


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
 5) Make sets for the felt applique combination for the flowers. The easiest way to get the form? I just traced a few cookie cutters and cut along the traced lines. For me, there's no easier way to do it! So I might have made a few more than required, though they didn't make it into this photo...


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
Depending on how many bookmarks you want to make, you'll probably only need 3 pieces per one. This is how I arranged my pieces.



AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
6) Now, pin your felt applique-to-be on one half of the fabric. You'll remove the pins as you sew.



AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
7) Select matching or contrasting threads (your choice!). Start sewing the lowest layer, and then add the smaller ones. Plain straight stitch, wide zigzag or decorative stitches - your choice!


Now, stitching. Follow along:

AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
8) Seam allowance along the long edge of the fabric stays FOLDED (I pinned it, see?)

Then, unfold the center fold and re-fold it right-sides-together, so you see batting and stabilizer – see the image above.


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
9) Stitch over both short ends, using the 3/8" (=1 cm) seam allowance.



AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
10) Turn right side out.

To push out the corners, use a point turning tool or something similar, like a chopstick, a knitting needle, or simply a pencil. Don't use anything sharp since it could make holes in your fabric.

AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.

A detail: see, the raw ends are neatly tucked in. Now's the time to press the fabric for a nice and crisp finish.


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.

11) One long side is still open: edge-stitch around the entire bookmark. This way, you'll stitch the opening closed. Done!


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.

Your bookmark is ready, now you just need to choose which book you'll start reading first!


AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.

These DIY bookmarks will also make wonderful personalized presents for your loved ones, and easy and cute stocking stuffers.

AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.


Happy sewing!

AppleGreen Cottage - DIY fabric bookmarks with felt applique, a clever and simple scrapbusting idea for this book-reading season. These DIY bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.


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