Learn how to make an simple, adorable fabric bookmark with our video and photo tutorial. This is a very quick and easy sewing project. Fabric bookmarks are so easy even someone learning to sew can make them.
This is an excellent beginner project to teach a child to sew, because they only need to sew straight. Your child will be excited about learning to sew if you allow them to choose their favorite fabric.
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Watch this video or keep reading for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions to learn how to sew a fabric bookmark.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Scrap Fabric
- Fusible Interfacing (Medium Weight), Regular Interfacing or Light-weight Batting
- Sewing Machine
STEP 1: CUTTING FABRIC
From scrap fabric cut two pieces of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide by 8 or 9 inches long. The two pieces can be from the same fabric or from different fabrics.
From the interfacing or batting, cut one piece the same size as fabric.
STEP 2: LAYERING FABRICS TOGETHER
If you are using fusible interfacing, fuse it to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces according to manufacturers directions. Then, place the two fabrics right sides together.
If you are using non-fusible interfacing or batting, place the interfacing/batting on your work surface, place one fabric on it with the right side up. Then, place the second fabric on top with the right side down. (the two fabric pieces will be right sides together).
To secure the layers for sewing, pin them together.
STEP 3: SEW TOGETHER THE TWO LONG SIDES AND ONE SHORT SIDE
At the sewing machine, sew the two long sides and one short side together. The second short side is left unsewn, so the bookmark can be turned right side out through the opening.
Start by sewing one of the long sides. Position the edge of the presser foot along the edge of the bookmark. Start sewing using a straight stitch, backstitching at the beginning.
As you approach the corner, stop sewing close to the corner, lower the needle into the fabric, raise the presser foot, turn the fabric so you can sew across the short side, lower the presser foot and continue to sew. When you get to the next corner do the same thing. At the end, backstitch to secure the threads.
STEP 4: TRIM CORNERS
With a fabric scissor, clip the corners diagonally being careful not to cut into the stitching. This will help reduce the bulk when you turn the bookmark to the right side.
STEP 5: TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT
Through the opening on the short side, turn the bookmark right side out. You can use a pencil to help turn the bookmark and poke out the corners.
STEP 6: TURN RAW EDGE AND PRESS
On the unfinished short side, fold the fabric to the inside by 1/2 inch. Next, press the bookmark flat keeping that unfinished side turned to the inside.
STEP 7: EDGESTITCH/TOPSTITCH
Sew around the outside edge of the bookmark. This is called edgestitching or topstitching. This will also sew the opening closed on the unfinished short side.
To do this, with the edge of the presser foot as a guide, start stitching using a straight stitch on one of the sides. When you get close to the corner, stop stitching, lower the needle into the fabric, raise the presser foot, turn the fabric, lower the presser foot and continue to sew. Continue sewing around the outside back tacking at the end.
VIOLA! The fabric bookmark is finished.
Fabric bookmarks are fun and easy project. Kids can make them as gifts for friends.
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