Sunday, 7 August 2016

Beautiful Fabric Bookmarks ~ A Tutorial

A warm welcome to you, dear friends and happy Monday...
How would you like to join me for a lovely sewing session on this crisp August afternoon?

Let us sort through our favourite fabric scraps and look through our lovely lace and ribbon offcuts in preparation for today's delightful tutorial...  Oh, and don't forget the buttons, for buttons are a must in any crafty project, wouldn't you agree...?

Today I am sharing a new favourite make of mine...beautiful fabric bookmarks!  
I saw a sweet idea for sewn bookmarks whilst perusing Pinterest the other day and decided to make my own, adding a few personal touches, of course...{{Smiles}}


I do hope you'll be inspired to make a couple for yourself or someone special...
I must say, I am quite addicted to sewing these lovelies!  

Let us begin by selecting our desired fabric...perhaps you'd like to make a matching set of bookmarks in which case you could coordinate the fabrics...
Or simply make a couple different ones to put away for gifts...they're bound to come in handy sometime...{{smiles}}

Once you've chosen your fabric, decide which lace you would like to use...I found that broader lace created quite a charming effect...  
Now select a matching ribbon...something intricate and pretty is always a good idea!  {{smiles}}
You could choose a button at this stage too or leave it for later on...don't lose it in amongst all your bits and pieces...

Now you can bring out your oh-so-handy self-healing cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter.  
These three tools I could not live without, my friends...   
However, if you are like my dear mom who prefers being old fashioned by using scissors, you can make a simple template for easy, accurate cutting.  {{Smiles}}

Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 2.75" x 7.5".  
Try to include the prettiest part of the design on the material. 
{I always use 100% cotton fabric...I love the quality and of course the designs are stunning...}

Now cut a piece of thin batting the same size as your fabric.
Lay these pieces aside and trim your lace and ribbon to slightly bigger than the width of the fabric.  Cut another piece of ribbon...preferably a narrower satin ribbon, to 3".


With your ruler and a pen, mark where you will stitch your lace and ribbon on the piece of fabric that is going to be the front of your bookmark.  
I like my ribbon to overlap the lace but this is optional.  
Play around with how low down you would like your lace and ribbon before pinning in place.... 
Now fold your narrow top ribbon in half and pin to the top centre of the bookmark.

Stitch ribbon with matching coloured cotton on your sewing machine.  
The nice thing about overlapping the lace with the ribbon is that you only have to sew two rows of stitches as pictured.  
Baste the narrow ribbon in place so it doesn't move when sewing the bookmark up.

Put bookmark pieces together, right sides facing.  
Place the batting at the bottom as shown - you want to sew on the actual fabric not on the batting as it moves whilst on the machine.  

Sew around the whole bookmark leaving a 1" opening at the bottom to turn it right way around.  
I used a 1/4" seam allowance....


Now trim the excess batting as close to the seam as possible, being careful to not snip the stitching in doing so.  
This stops the batting from bunching when the bookmark is turned the right way around.

Turn the bookmark right way around using e a knitting needle or a blunt pair of scissors to open the corners....

Press with an iron, being careful that it is not too hot otherwise the batting shrinks and causes the fabric to pucker slightly.  
Now, using mattress stitch, neatly hand sew the opening closed.

Topstitch all the way around the bookmark.  
I used a very small seam allowance and first pinned all the way around the bookmark to prevent the fabric from moving about when being sewn.   Use a contrasting or matching cotton.
Secure the button to just below the top ribbon or lower down if you prefer. are finished!  
What a lovely gift for someone who loves to read and appreciates beautiful, handmade items...  {{smiles}}

I have been adding a couple bookmarks to my Etsy shoppe lately...oh, what fun they are to make! for some happy news....there will be free shipping on selected Heart❤made items for this week only!

Visit Heart❤made on Etsy HERE.

Happy sewing, sweet readers!

"Think of all the beauty still left in the world and be happy..."
~ Anne Frank


Today I am sharing this sewing project with...


  1. These are very pretty, Kelly-Anne, and incredibly neat.
    Hope you are well ~ I have missed you!
    I hope I am not a 'no-reply' blogger ~ I don't think I am but not sure how to tell.
    Many blessings!

  2. Your bookmarks are adorable! Hope you are doing well. :)

  3. Sweet friend,

    What a lovely post on this Monday morning! I had to laugh when I saw this post for one quite funny see over the weekend, I made a batch of these bookmarks as well. I had seen a picture on Pinterest awhile back, tucked the idea away, and then got bit by the sewing bug on Saturday afternoon. I made several of these for myself, mom, Julia and our neighbor. Oh, it was so fun to be back at the sewing machine! {{smiles}}

    And what's even funnier is that I have a post scheduled for the next couple of weeks sharing about these bookmarks....I guess great minds think alike, eh?!?

    Anyways, just had to share that tidbit of info with you....your bookmarks turned out just lovely! What beautiful fabric you chose!

    I will be responding to your emails soon...hopefully this evening!

    Talk to you soon! Sending much love and wishing you a beautiful week!

  4. Kelly-Anne, these are absolutely adorable! Thanks for showing us how it's done! Hugs!

  5. Oh, how beautiful, sweet Kelly-Anne! You are such a shining example of what a young lady should be! I love the way you sew and show the light of Jesus' love in everything you do and every post you write. I am going over now to check out what you have in your Etsy shop now! Sending you much love and many blessings, too!

  6. Beautiful! These would make a great gift idea! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Those are so pretty! You are very talented.

  8. What a sweet idea for a bookmark. Yours turned out beautifully. <3 ~Lisa

  9. Oh my Kelly-Anne, I can see why you're addicted to making these lovely bookmarks. They are just darling and embellished so perfectly, and would make wonderful gifts. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us, sweet friend.
    Also, the pictures of you dear, darling brother, Caleb, in your previous post, just made me smile and smile! Isn't he the cutest little one? I know he gets lots and lots of love and attention from his sisters! Love and hugs to all of you!

  10. What lovely bookmarks! I have made some similar ones in the past and they are so much fun! I will have to make some more soon! What fun!

    Lately I've been making baby crib shoes, and they are so much fun, but I'm in the mood to make something else.;)

    Hope you are having a blessed day Kelly-Anne!

  11. These are absolutely beautiful, Kelly-Anne! I've pinned this to try at a later time; they would make lovely gifts for friends and my daughters. Thanks for sharing!

  12. These are so pretty. I would like to make some for thexample residents of the nursing home. I have to admit though, I can't read the directions in the pink font. :(

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Karla and for letting me know about the colour not being visible enough...I will see to it right now:). Hope you enjoy making these!

  13. Your fabrics and lace are sew pretty. What a great idea. I am going to have to make this for a couple of my friends. You are sew sweet to share, thank you my dear.
    Hope you have a beautiful day.

  14. These are so cute! What a clever idea.

  15. You have picked such lovely fabrics for your book marks, such a sweet gift for someone, or keeping for yourself ;) You did a beautiful job sewing them, love the lace touches and the buttons at the top!

  16. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tutorial! These bookmarks would make such lovely gifts. You always find the prettiest fabrics!

  17. Wow, these are so pretty! I love them! :)

  18. My sweet Kelly-Anne, your bookmarks have won my heart. I saw them in your Etsy shop and thought they were just the loveliest things! Thank you for the thorough tutorial and please know that I hope to make some soon. As you know, I've always got my nose buried in a book to the bookmarks will come in handy {{smiles}}

    Have a splendid weekend. Love and hugs to you!

  19. Hello, I lost you when you started your new blog, My Amy at God's Grace Overflows told me about your bookmarks! Really a lovely idea!
    So glad to see you have started a new blog with a place to grow...
    Missing your sweet Blog...
    Hugs, Roxy

  20. These are just beautiful Kelly-Anne! Just my style :)

  21. Such a cute glad you shared how to make. Thank you so much. Yours are beautiful. Definitely going to have to make some. Tried clicking on your link to your Etsy, but it just gave me an error. May be on my end, but thought I'd let you know. :)

  22. Oh these are absolutely delightful! Something so fun and perfectly wonderful to treat a special friend to, especially one who enjoys reading! I would use these for my Bible, because I am always needing to mark special places as I study. I hope to come back when fall comes and follow your directions and make these bookmarks! By the way, I think I "spy my eye" on some Stampin Up ribbon... I just love their ribbon :) Your bookmarks are just adorable, and your instructions easy to follow, I hope to dust off my sewing machine soon :) Seems like during the summer months, dust gathers on it, lol! Hugs to you today!

  23. Beautiful bookmarks . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  24. I love these, and have pinned them for later. Very nice for gifts, as you mentioned. Visiting from Spicing Up Idaho. Thanks for the tutorial! God bless you. xo


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