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Fabric Corner Bookmark

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Fabric bookmarks are fantastic for using up fabric scraps leftover from other sewing projects. You don’t have to purchase anything to make handfuls of this adorable corner bookmarks that get a lot of use.

We use them for books that we are reading, of course, but they also come in handy to save our favorite recipes in cookbooks, hold the date in a planner, and mark a latest journal entry.

A fabric bookmark on the corner of black journal page with text overlay reading how to make a fabric bookmark.

If you enjoy giving books as gifts, bookmarks are an easy sewing project for adding a personal touch. Choose fabrics that reflect the book and/or the recipient to make it thoughtful.

To add a little more, consider making a set of fabric coasters in coordinating fabrics to accompany your gift. It’s another great scrap buster project.

Fabric bookmarks only take about 10 minutes to make and go even faster in batches. You may as well cut out a bunch to keep on hand. It’s surprising how many uses we continue to find for these handmade bookmarks.

Supplies

  • Fabric scraps
  • Coordinating thread
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine

How to Make a Cloth Bookmark

Begin by cutting three 4″ x 4″ squares. One will become the triangle, and the others will be the front and back.

4 x 4 fabric squares with flowers on green cutting mat

Fold one of the fabric squares in half to form a triangle.

Square of fabric folded in half to make a triangle

Lay the triangle on top of the fabric square that you would like on the front. The folded edge should be in the center with top and side edges aligned, all fabrics facing right side up.

Square flowered fabric with triangle of fabric aligned at one corner

Place the remaining fabric square on top of the others with right sides together. Clip to hold.

Fabric squares stacked with right sides together and clipped on all four sides with red sewing clips

Sew around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening at the bottom.

Sewing machine sewing around perimeter of fabric squares sandwiched together

Snip each corner with scissors to reduce bulk. Be careful not to cut through any stitches.

Square of fabric with corners snipped off

Reach through the opening to turn the bookmark right side out. Use a turning tool or chopstick to gently press out the corners.

Turning tool inside square fabric opening of corner bookmark

Press well.

Square flower fabric with triangle fabric overlay at one side

To finish, top stitch all the way around the perimeter of the bookmark.

Sewing machine top stitching around fabric corner bookmark with flowers

If the edges begin to curl up, give it a press again. Otherwise, your corner bookmark is complete.

Completed fabric corner bookmark with top stitching all the way around

Now that you have the concept down, try making reusable makeup remover pads. The process is nearly identical, but it uses softer fabrics for the face.

Use and Care

To use the bookmark, slip a few pages into the triangle pocket with the page you are holding for later facing up.

Floral fabric corner bookmark being inserted on corner of book pages

Then close the book, and come back to your reading later.

Fabric corner bookmark inserted in closed book with green cover

If needed, you can wash and dry the bookmark. It may need another press after drying.

Yield: 1 Fabric Corner Bookmark

Fabric Corner Bookmark

Mug and open book with square fabric corner bookmark laying in center

How to use fabric scraps to make a corner bookmark.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Under $1.00

Materials

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Coordinating Thread

Tools

  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Clips
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Sewing Machine (or hand sewing needle)

Instructions

  1. Cut three 4" x 4" squares
  2. Fold one square in half to form a triangle
  3. Place triangle on top of another square, fold at center, top and side edges aligned
  4. Add remaining square on top with right sides together
  5. Clip to hold
  6. Sew around square with 1/4" seam allowance leaving 2" opening at bottom
  7. Snip corners
  8. Turn right side out
  9. Press
  10. Top stitch all the way around

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