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Growing up I collected bookmarks. Most of them featured unicorns and had soft tassels. I still have many of them, although they are currently stored away in various books as I don’t have space for my library. For the past couple of years I’ve been making do with paper bookmarks gathered from various bookstores, but, because I have the habit of reading multiple books at a time, I’ve run out of them of late.

While I haven’t resorted to using an iPad or toothpick to keep my place I have gotten tired of scrounging for receipts or scraps of paper. What I do have a lot of, however, is fabric scraps–so very many scraps of fabric–and that brings us to this week’s craft: fabric bookmarks.

Fabric Bookmarks and Corners Finished
The Tetris and Pac-Man fabric came from Spoonflower. The Star Wars and purple swirl came from Jo-Ann Fabric Store.

The instructions below will walk you through making a no sew bookmark–all you need is fabric and fusible interfacing–and a sewn bookmark corner–a two-sided bit of fabric that rests on the corner of the page you are marking. Both take very little time or material making it a great project to use up odds and ends.

These two crafts are so simple and take so little time you may find yourself making up loads of them for family and friends as well as for yourself. They would be great in birthday party goody bags or a small extra when giving a book as a gift. And to my witch readers: make sure you scroll down to the bottom to read about magickal ways to make use of your bookmarks.

Fabric Bookmarks Tools and Materials
Fabric bookmarks is a perfect way to use up scraps from other projects.

Materials & Tools

  • Fabric scraps measuring at least 8″ x 2″ for the bookmarks and 2″ x 2″ for the corner bookmarks
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine with needle suitable for your fabric
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pinking shears
  • Ruler
  • Iron

Making the Bookmarks

Fabric Bookmarks Step 1
Use a rotary cutter and ruler to get even edges.

Step 1: Cut a rectangle measuring 8″ x 2″ from your fabric and fusible interfacing.

Fabric Bookmarks Step 2
The fusible interfacing doesn’t have to be perfect.

Step 2: Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric using your iron and following the manufacturer’s directions.

Fabric Bookmarks Step 3
Pinking the edges helps prevent fraying.

Step 3: Cut along all edges using pinking shears. This prevents fraying and looks delightful.

Making the Bookmark Corners

Fabric Corners Step 1
Interface both fabric squares for a sturdy fabric corner.

Step 1: Cut out two squares measuring 2″ x 2″ from your fabric and interfacing.

Step 2: Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric using your iron and following the manufacturer’s directions.

Fabric Corners Step 2
Your squares sewn all together.

Step 3: With right sides together sew a scant 1/8″ around all sides of the squares. Use the smallest stitch length.

Fabric Corners Step 3
Cutting corners is usually not recommended, but you do want to cut these ones off for a better fitting book corner.

Step 4: Cut diagonally across the square, creating two triangles. Trim the seams and cut the corners to reduce bulk.

Fabric Corners Step 4
Clip off those two little corners that are sticking out like a Star Fleet away team at the Ren Faire.

Step 5: Turn the triangles right side out. Use a chopstick, wooden skewer or even a pair of detailing scissors to carefully push out the corner. Press the corner with your iron and trim the little corner bits that are sticking out of the opening.

Fabric Corner Finished
I really like the way the corners look with their open edge pinked.

Step 6: Cut along the bottom opening with pinking shears to help prevent fraying.

Fabric Bookmarks Finished
Matching bookmarks and book corners make a great gift for the bookworm in your life.

See? Fast and easy! This is the sort of craft you could do with your kids, letting them pick out their own fabric and cut the edges (depending on age and abilities).

Witchy Uses for Bookmarks

Bookmarks can be used for more than just marking your place. Put them to work enhancing your life magickally by charming them to aid you in your studying, focus and attention if you need help with your schoolwork. Choose fabrics with prints that align with your purposes: owls for knowledge, cherries for kitchen witchery, clocks for keeping on schedule. Or go with protective colors like blue, black or white to boost shielding spells for when you are reading on your commute and want to be left alone. Lay an orange or yellow bookmark in your notebook as you write to add inspiring and creative energies to your stories and poetry.

Fabric Bookmark and Corner Finished
I charmed the Tetris fabric bookmarks to help insights from my tarot journal fall into place.

Want more ideas for using up scrap pieces of fabric? My book, Sew Witchy: Tools, Techniques & Projects for Sewing Magick has instructions for making fabric beads, twine and more.

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