Easy Fabric Bookmark -Two Ways

Two ways to use your fabric scraps to make simple fabric bookmarks.

I have a new baby at home so the lack of sleep and free time had me itching for a fast project. These bookmarks are great for beginners to try two different techniques and perfect for using up scraps. Bookmarks are a great handmade gift or matching add-on to use up the last bits of a fabric; I made the spool-printed fabric with a gelatin plate (see more in this post) and wanted to make something small with it that didn't detract from the print. When I was brainstorming for this post, I ended up with a third idea for a super simple fabric scrap bookmark – you can find it on my blog today.

You can expand these techniques to making bag handles or pouches too. Add some embroidery or applique and your options are endless!

Purple & Blue Single Fabric Bookmark


  • 2 pieces of fabric measuring 4″ X 10″
  • Iron
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine


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1. For both front and back, press a 1/2″ hem down on one long side.

2. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the unhemmed long sides of each piece right sides together. Press the seam open.

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3. Press each short side down for a 1/2″ hem.

4. Sandwich wrong sides together and press. Topstitch around all four edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Bright Two Fabric Fabric Bookmark




1. Sew each strip right sides together along the long sides, with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open.

2. Sandwich right sides together with the backing fabric and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around, leaving a 1 or 2″ gap open. Make sure to stitch several times forward and back at the stop and start of this seam because you'll be pulling against it in the next step.

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3. Pull the bookmark right side out through the opening, press the opening shut with the seam allowances pushed inside. Topstitch all the way around with 1/4″ seam allowance and press.

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Pick a favorite book (I reviewed this one from Mollie Makes on my blog here) and start reading now that you have a beautiful way to mark your spot!

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Peggy Anderson
Peggy Anderson

Cute project. Thank you.


Very sweet!

Gail B
Gail B

Thank you for the great and easy tutorial on making bookmarks.