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
Iron and Ironing Board
Cut your fabric into an 8 inch by 8 inch square. Cut the felt into a 1.75 inch by 7 inch piece.
Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together. Press with hot iron.
Unfold fabric with wrong side facing up.
Fold bottom half of fabric up to the ironed edge. Press.
Fold top half of fabric down to the ironed edge. Press.
Fold fabric together at middle ironed edge. Press.
Open folded fabric and insert felt inside.
Fold top edge of fabric over 1/2 inch. Press. Fold bottom edge of fabric up 1/2 inch. Press.
Fold ribbon in half. Pin in place in the middle of the right side of the opened fabric.
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.
Sew until you reach 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric. Lower the needle into the fabric.
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.
Continue sewing until you reach the 1/4 inch from the top edge. Repeat steps 11 and 12 to turn the corner.
Continue sewing the top edge of the bookmark. Sew over the pinned ribbon.
Continue sewing the last edge of the fabric to complete your rectangle.
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!