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Pretty Bookmarks & Journal Wraps

Posted by  ·  September 25, 2011  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

We are baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. I am sharing 30 wonderful sewn gifts from 30 amazing bloggers! Head on over to According to Kelly for 30 fabulous crafty gifts. A Southern Fairytale is spotlighting 30 edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes.You definitely don’t want to miss a day!

Hi there. I’m Sara from Craft Snob. I’m a mama to two, soon to be three, and the wife to my first love. I am a Native Texan living in London while crafting along the way. Thanks Cindy for having me!

Here’s to Happy Holidays 2011!

Do you have a book worm or writer you can gift to this holiday season? Decorative bookmarks and journal wraps make a great homemade gift idea. Plus, kids will be excited to dress up their books and journals, making reading and writing all the more fun!

Materials for Decorative Bookmark:

  • Ribbon or bias tape
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • ¼” Elastic
  • Book or journal

Ribbon Option:

How to make a Handmade Elastic Bookmark

Create a rolled ruffle about 2 inches longer than the book or journal. Need help making a rolled ruffle? Learn how to make one here.

Fold under each end of the ribbon.

Cut a piece of elastic to fit the book or journal. I used 6 inches here. Insert the elastic at each end on the underside of the rolled ribbon. Sew the elastic in place (a couple lines straight across the elastic, better seen in the bias tape option).

Insert the decorative bookmark in your favorite book or wrap it around your beloved journal.

Bias Tape Option:

Cut a piece of bias tape the length of a book or journal. Unfold one end of the bias tape, fold the end inward, and fold the bias tape back. Cut a piece of elastic. I used 6 inches. Insert the elastic into the end of the bias tape and sew the elastic in place with a couple of lines.

You can use them as bookmarks or book decorations.

Double up on one book for more personality and fun!

Or wrap the strap all the way around a journal to keep it closed.

Looking for more unique DIY gift options? You can find several accessory ideas here.

Go and be pretty – Sara



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  3. Friday, September 30th, 2011
    Simple and beautiful idea! Thank for sharing the idea
  4. Friday, September 30th, 2011
    It's so lovely!!!!! Simple and beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing.
  5. Monday, September 26th, 2011
    That is such an awesome idea my bookmarks always fall out when i pick my books up THANKS
  6. Garnie P Bethea
    Monday, September 26th, 2011
    Thanks for sharing. You gave me another idea for my kumihimo braiding.
  7. Garnie P. Bethea
    Monday, September 26th, 2011
    I do Kumihimo, the Japanese art of braiding. I would love to make some bookmarks and wraps using your tutorial. Thanks for posting and sharing!
  8. Garnie P. Bethea
    Monday, September 26th, 2011
    I do Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding. This is a great idea for my braids. Will try to email a picture as soon as I can. Thanks!
  9. Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    Great idea. This book mark would not fall out of my book, like some have done. I will be making some of these! Thank you for sharing.
  10. Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    I don't think I would have thought of that. What a GREAT idea!
  11. Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    Love, love this!! This would make such a great gift. Filing at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks for featuring!
  12. colleen
    Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    these are so cute that i want to wear them as headbands!!
  13. Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    This is the most clever idea for bookmarks and very cute too! Thanks for sharing.
  14. Suzanne
    Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    this is a fun idea for all those ribbon scraps i love so much but aren't long enough to wrap a gift with. thanks
  15. Sunday, September 25th, 2011
    Wow! So super easy and adorable! Stocking stuffers, anyone?