Easy 5-Minute Bookmark! A Great Beginner Sewing Project

Hello again! I’m back today with a great sewing project. If you ask me, winter is a great season for reading. (and sewing!) It’s too cold to do anything outside, so reading is the perfect activity! I always lose paper bookmarks, but this is a cloth variety that stays in your book, pretty much no matter what happens to it! My favorite part about this project is that you can use your favorite cotton fabric scraps and a bit of elastic, and have a functional bookmark in just a few minutes. Well, let’s get sewing!

First, cut out two rectangles of fabric 12″ by 2 1/2″ You’ll also want to cut a piece of elastic (you can use pretty much any width! Mine is 1/2″ wide) about 7.5″ long. You can adjust the elastic length so the bookmark fits bigger or smaller books, but I would start with 7.5″ for your first bookmark.

Line up the rectangles on top of each other, right sides together and sew down the long sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. (edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric)

Turn your fabric tube right side out, like this.
Press the tube flat.
Fold the ends in about 1/4″, and press flat.

Now, stick the elastic about 1/4″ into your folded end. Stitch across like this. Repeat with the other end.

TAA Daaaaahhh! There you have it! A fabulous fabric bookmark, that only takes a few minutes to make! I love how cute this is, I’m going to make many, many more and maybe give some as gifts!

Thanks so much for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it. Also, let me know if you made it and/or have any tips or ideas for me in the future! Ciao for now!