How to make a bookmark – 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, get it now!) These bookmarks with felt applique are a quick and easy beginner sewing project, and they make wonderful personalized DIY presents for your loved ones.
You’ll find tons of easy crafting projects on this blog, including these you’ll want to see:
- How To Sew Fabric Bookmarks – Get these FREE TEMPLATES!
- Diy Paper Bookmarks – For Kids
- FREE Pattern – Fabric Hanging Basket
- Free Template – Super Easy Felt Storage Cube to DIY
- Free Template – Folded Felt Flowers
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:
Now, check out this easy tutorial! Let’s start at the beginning and see what you’ll need for the project:
How to Make A Bookmark
- 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: stiff 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)
How To Make A Bookmark – TUTORIAL
3) Apply fusible interfacing and batting to the base, one on each side as you see in the image above.
4) Fold under the seam allowance along both long edges of the fabric. Press.
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.
6) Now, pin your felt applique-to-be on one half of the fabric. You’ll remove the pins as you sew.
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:
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.
9) Stitch over both short ends, using the 3/8″ (=1 cm) seam allowance.
10) Turn right side out.
11) One long side is still open: edge-stitch around the entire bookmark. This way, you’ll stitch the opening closed. Done!
These DIY bookmarks will also make wonderful personalized presents for your loved ones, and easy and cute stocking stuffers.