This pretty bookmark journal wrap. Come learn to make a bookmark! You will love this simple bookmark. I love the way it wraps around you book so you will never loose it!




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:

homemade bookmarks


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.

how to make a bookmarks


Fold under each end of the ribbon.

making a bookmark


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).

bookmark on a book


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

Bias Tape Option:

bias tape


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.

two bookmarks


You can use them as bookmarks or book decorations.




purple book

Double up on one book for more personality and fun!

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



Thank you Sara from Craft Snob for this cute tutorial. She is a Native Texan living in London while crafting along the way. 

Want another bookmark? This bookmark makes a great first time sewing project!



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  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Love, love this!! This would make such a great gift. Filing at Thanks for featuring!

  7. 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

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