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Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Bookmark

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Sewing Tutorial:  How to Make a Fabric Bookmark

Are you a sewing beginner, or do you want to make a handmade gift for your favorite book lover?  Then this sewing tutorial is for you!  Following are the steps to make a cute fabric bookmark using basic sewing machine skills.  Very little fabric is needed, so you can dive into your stash of fabric, or pick up a cute fat quarter at the fabric shop.

What you’ll need:

Fabric – 8 in. by 8 in. square

Felt, Fleece or other fluffy fabric to provide padding – 1.75 in. by 7 in.

Ribbon – 10 in. long in coordinating color


Coordinating thread

Iron and Ironing Board

Sewing machine



Step 1:

Cut your fabric into an 8 inch by 8 inch square.  Cut the felt into a 1.75 inch by 7 inch piece.



Step 2:

Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together.  Press with hot iron.



Step 3:

Unfold fabric with wrong side facing up.



Step 4:

Fold bottom half of fabric up to the ironed edge.  Press.



Step 5:

Fold top half of fabric down to the ironed edge.  Press.



Step 6:

Fold fabric together at middle ironed edge.  Press.



Step 7:

Open folded fabric and insert felt inside.



Step 8:

Fold top edge of fabric over 1/2 inch.  Press.  Fold bottom edge of fabric up 1/2 inch.  Press.

Step 9:

Fold ribbon in half.  Pin in place in the middle of the right side of the opened fabric.



Step 10:

Fold fabric together and begin sewing in bottom right hand corner.  Use 1/4 inch seam allowance, or use the inner edge of the presser foot as a guide.



Step 11:

Sew until you reach 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric.  Lower the needle into the fabric.

Step 12:

With the needle still in the fabric from the prior step, lift the presser foot on the machine and rotate the fabric to begin the side seam.  You are turning the corner on the fabric rectangle.



Step 13:

Continue sewing until you reach the 1/4 inch from the top edge.  Repeat steps 11 and 12 to turn the corner.



Step 14:

Continue sewing the top edge of the bookmark.  Sew over the pinned ribbon.



Step 15:

Continue sewing the last edge of the fabric to complete your rectangle.



Step 16:

When sewing is complete, trim any loose threads.



Your fabric bookmark is complete!







I hope that you have enjoyed this fabric bookmark sewing tutorial.  I would love to see what you’ve made – use the tag #peetsweabookmark to share your photos!

Happy Sewing!

Fabric Bookmark Sewing Tutorial | PeetSwea


  1. Love your blog name, so cute! What a great little tutorial. These would make create Christmas gifts!

    • peetswea peetswea

      Thanks Michaela! I think that they would be very cute stocking stuffers!

  2. This would be fun to do with my boys. Thanks for the tutorial!

    • peetswea peetswea

      Thanks Jacquie – would love to see what you and your boys create!

    • peetswea peetswea

      Thanks Heather – I agree! I think that book lovers would enjoy a cute handmade bookmark.

    • peetswea peetswea

      🙂 Thanks so much Cinnamon!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I bought a sewing machine a few years ago but have been quite intimidated by it. This looks like a great project to start out with! Happy holidays!

    • Hi Kathleen! I would love to see what you make with your sewing machine – I hope that the tutorial is a big help to get you started. Thanks for stopping by.

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