Thursday 18 June 2015

Quick and Easy Fabric Bookmarks

One of the projects showcased in this week's features, was a set of fabric bookmarks, made by Stephanie from Swoodson Says. I thought these would make great, little gifts - perfect for the book lovers in my family.

Quick and Easy Fabric Bookmarks ~ 25 Fabric Bookmarks to make ~ Threading My Way

And so, following Stephanie's How to Make a Simple Fabric Bookmark tutorial, I whipped up a few, using scraps of fabric and remnants of a pair of pre-loved jeans. They are super quick and easy to make. Choosing which fabric scraps to use took more time than actually sewing the bookmarks.

How to Make a Simple Fabric Bookmark by Stephanie, from Swoodson Says

Stephanie backed her bookmarks (photo directly above) with scraps of denim, but suggested jeans would be a good alternative. I have a tonne of pre-loved jeans waiting to be re-purposed - perfect!

Quick to make Fabric Bookmarks ~ 25 Fabric Bookmarks to make ~ Threading My Way

Obviously left over from another project, I found some jeans fabric already cut into strips. I let the width of those strips determine the width of the bookmarks. A couple of mine are slightly wider than Stephanie's, the other three a little narrower.

Quick and Easy Fabric Bookmarks ~ 25 Fabric Bookmarks to make ~ Threading My Way

I omitted the quilting lines from the tutorial. You could, however, use these as a way of practising free motion quilting.

Felt Valentine Bookmarks Tutorial by Kay, from Jerry and Kay

Quite some time ago, Kay, from Jerry and Kay, also added a set of bookmarks to the ongoing link parties - Threading Your Way with Threading My Way. Kay has a tutorial showing how to make her Valentines bookmarks with felt and embroidery.

Ten Minute Fabric Bookmarks Tutorial by Stephanie, from Swoodson Says for So Sew Easy

Stephanie has also written a second tutorial, showing another two ways to make simple ten minute bookmarks.

If you are looking for a quick and easy sew, bookmarks might just fit the bill.  I've found a few fabric bookmark tutorials, ranging from super easy to ones involving embroidery and appliqué. I think some of the easy ones would be a great project for a child who is learning to sew.

Fabric Bookmarks... a great way to use up scraps of fabric and pieces of pre-loved jeans ~ Threading My Way

I'm feeling super pleased with myself. Five more little gifts made for Christmas. They're not complicated or fancy schmancy. A quick and easy project - just what I needed as a break from the robot quilt

If you want to get a head start on your 2015 festive sewing, join us over at Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew. Ruth, from Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner, is sharing a tutorial and free pattern to make So Frosty - a big block quilt, making a 72" x 72" lap quilt.

There is also a giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop for a mini charm pack of the winner's choice.

... Pam


  1. We are big book gifters in this family Pam, but I had never thought of adding fabric bookmarks to the mix before, thanks for the inspiration :)

    Thanks for linking up to the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party too

  2. I'm making a Route 66 quilt for my husband for our 20th Anniversary, this is a great idea for some of the left over pieces since I am fussy cutting.

  3. Hi Pam. It's been a long time since I was active in blog land. Life just kind of got in the way for a while. So happy to be back though and I love your little bookmarks, such a great idea when you are needing a quick and easy gift idea.

  4. Thanks for using my tutorial & blogging about it Pam! I am clicking through your other bookmark links, what a great list.

  5. I was just thinking as I read through that these would be great for Venetia to sew as presents! And I haven't even thought about Ho, ho, ho this month yet - aaagh!

  6. These are sweet, love the heart ones :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  7. Sweet bookmarks - I'm glad that real PAPER books are still in style - I much prefer them over books on book readers :D Admittedly though, I buy some craft books for the Kindle because sometimes the price differential makes it really worthwhile - and sometimes - you just don't want to wait for the book to arrive! ;)

    Oh - now that I'm thinking about it - I did beaded bookmarks as gifts a few years ago :) I got tiny little organza drawstring bags on Ebay for next to nothing, and used them to package the bookmarks - they were very popular :)

  8. Super cute bookmarks! This is such a great idea! I really need a cute bookmark for the book I'm currently reading. Thanks for linking up at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  9. Ooh I love these Pam! Always pleased to find new ideas to use up my fabric scraps, which are almost out of control now! :)

    1. Thanks. My scraps are overflowing the two baskets they're kept in. In coming is greater than outgoing... LOL!!!


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