Fabric bookmarks are a perfect beginner sewing project for kids! It’s also a great way to use up some of those fabric scraps!
Learning to use a sewing machine can be a bit nerve-wracking for both kids and adults. This fabric bookmark tutorial makes it super easy for kids to make a simple project using the sewing machine. Plus it’s a great way to practice sewing straight lines. The kids will love being able to use something they created to save their places in books!
FABRIC BOOKMARKS – MATERIALS :
- interfacing, such as Pelon
- sewing machine
- pinking shears
- match or lighter
BOOKMARK – DIRECTIONS :
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric slightly larger than the finished size of the bookmark. I cut my pieces about 3 inches wide by 6 inches long.
- Cut 2 pieces of interfacing the same size as the fabric pieces.
- Fuse the interfacing to the BACK side of both fabric pieces by following the manufacturer’s directions. This will give you bookmark some strength and durability.
- Place you fabric pieces together, right sides facing out.
- Using the sewing machine, stitch around the entire perimeter of fabric, leaving a small opening at the top to insert your ribbon into.
- Using pinking shears, cut the raw edges all the way around, including the top where you will be adding ribbon.
- Insert a few pieces of colorful ribbon into the opening at top of bookmark, then stitch across to secure.
- Snip off any loose threads.
- Fray check your ribbon by burning the edges.
- Curl up with your favorite book and colorful, new bookmark!
How fun would these fabric bookmarks be to give as a gift with a book? Especially if you happen to use some book-themed fabric print! Now go dig through that fabric scrap pile and start sewing!
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(This post originally published in February of 2010)