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How to sew a bookmark {Kids Sewing Project}

Posted by  ·  March 14, 2013  ·  Last Updated: March 14, 2013

Welcome to our second kids sewing project with Singer. Today Bella and I are making a bookmark. I do hope you are sewing along with us! This bookmark is a great project for boys and girls. The best part is that these bookmarks would make a useful and appreciated gift for a teacher. Stay tuned, Bella and I will be sharing a clever way to add a message to a teacher right on the bookmark!

So if you are encouraging a sewer and a reader, here is the perfect project!

How to sew a bookmark

Singer has made us a printable pattern.

SINGER & SkiptomyLou Kids Series – Bookmark Project 2

This is a great project to use up those fabric scraps. All you need is  two 3” X 18”  rectangles of print fabric and a  2 ½” X 8 ½”  rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing. A fabric marketing tool and corner turner (or chop stick) will be helpful. We used a glittery fat quarter from Riley Blake.

Cut two 3” X 9”  rectangles of print fabric and a  2 ½” X 8 ½”  rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing. It was easiest for Bella if I drew lines for her to cut on with a disappearing fabric marker.

Iron interfacing according to manufacturer instructions to the back of one of the fabric rectangles.

Place right sides together. Mark a two inch opening along one side that will NOT be sewn. This allows for turning the bookmark inside out.

Clip corners, being very careful to not clip any stitching.

Turn bookmark right side out. A chopstick can help get the corners.

Press bookmark, making sure opening is tucked evenly into the side. Stich along the outside edge of the bookmark being sure to sew the opening shut. We worked hard on stopping at corners, lowering needle into the fabric, raising presser foot, turning, and then lowering presser foot and begin sewing again.

Tadah! Finished! Read on sewers!


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  1. Sharon Chapman
    Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
    Great tutorial. Easy for my daughter to use. She just made her 1st bookmark and it turned out so well, she's going to make more for her penpals.
  2. Dru
    Saturday, January 14th, 2017
    Very cute. Where is the info on how to add a message? Thank you..
  3. Friday, November 6th, 2015
    This is really clever. I am planning on making a pile of them to sell at our guild boutique, and to use as stocking stuffers. Great idea and super tutorial. Thank you!
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  10. Jen D
    Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
    Thanks for the cute project! We made two this afternoon, and planned for two more tomorrow. They will make lovely gifts for her grandmas, who will be so impressed with her sewing!

    She had a hard time cutting them out - I ended up doing it for her. Maybe her scissor skills aren't that good yet? She is 5. It could also be that she's left-handed, and I don't have any lefty shears, but they have to make them, right? I'm going to see if I can find some fabric cutting scissors that would work better for her. Thanks again! She can't wait to move on to the tote bag. I told her she has to get really good at bookmarks first!
  11. Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
    What a great project for kids. I think mine will be making some for Christmas this year.

    We'd love for you to share your posts at our Finished Friday blog party.
  12. Shautel
    Saturday, March 16th, 2013
    We have a 2 week Spring Break...I now know one activity we can do :-)...I Love it.. Great Job Bella..
  13. Jenny
    Thursday, March 14th, 2013
    That is beautiful, Bella! Great job of sewing! Your teacher is going to love this! You are learning "sew" much!
  14. Thursday, March 14th, 2013
    A bookmark is a GREAT idea!! Thanks!