Scrap Bookmarks

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scrappy bookmarks

If you’re like me, you hate to waste.  So for today, Earth Day, I thought I’d share with you one of my uses for scraps of fabric.  Scrap Bookmarks!  They’re so easy (and make a great gift in addition to a gift card for your favorite book store).

Here’s what you’ll need:

Scraps from your other projects (I know you keep them!)
Stiff felt or heavy sew-in interfacing (cut to the shape of your bookmark, roughly 2 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ or whatever size you like)

scrappy bookmarks

So start with your pile of scraps!  You don’t need much for each bookmark.  Little pieces that you didn’t think you’d use work great!

scrappy bookmarks

Here’s my felt bookmarks.  (I found some stiff felt bookmarks already cut out, so I just used those.)

Set your machine to a longer straight stitch.

scrappy bookmarks

Take two pieces of scrap fabric, (don’t have to be the same pattern, just roughly the same size).  Sandwich them together with your bookmark shape (from felt or interfacing) making sure the fabric is right sides together.  Sew them together.

scrappy bookmarks

Fold the fabric back, right sides out (on both sides of the bookmark) and iron flat.

scrappy bookmarks

Sandwich the next scraps of fabric as before, and sew again, making sure you sew through the last layer (the blue floral shown above).  Fold back across the sewn line and iron.

scrappy bookmarks

Continue in this manner until you’ve covered the bookmark.

scrappy bookmarks

The next step is to sew around the outline of the bookmark.  If it helps, use a water soluble fabric marker to trace the outline of the bookmark.

scrappy bookmarks

Sew around the edge (using the line as a guide) using whatever stitch you like (straight, zig-zag, etc…).  Don’t forget to get rid of your pen marks.

scrappy bookmarks

Cut around the outside of your stitches and you’re done!

scrappy bookmarks

Here’s another variation: very simple.  Use two scraps the size of the bookmark and just sew around the edge to make a solid bookmark.

Another variation:  Make vertical stripes of different fabric instead of horizontal ones.  Add quilting lines to give it character too!  Give it a try!

Hope you enjoy this Earth Day and remember to save those scraps!

scrappy bookmarks

2 Comments on Scrap Bookmarks

  1. CraftCrave
    April 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM (8 years ago)

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Amelia Clark
    July 29, 2013 at 5:52 AM (4 years ago)

    I was really searching for such a nice post and got here…Thanks for sharing such a nice information, its beneficial for me…Keep sharing more.
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