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Sew 4 Easy Bookmarks with a Free Pattern

Learn how to sew four easy bookmarks with a free sewing pattern. Use scraps of fabric for a quick beginner sewing project to encourage reading!

Have your kids been reading this summer? Are your kids read for back to school with some new bookmarks to start the school year? Make a cool bookmark to encourage reading!

I’ve put a tutorial together for four different bookmarks to sew. They are all easy, but some are quicker than others. Choose the one with your favorite design to make the best bookmark. I give the measurements for each bookmark in the post, but there’s also a free PDF sewing pattern you can print.

Sew 4 Easy Bookmarks with a Free Pattern

We take our kids to the library a lot to get them excited about reading, but we are always misplacing our bookmarks. We often end up using ripped pieces of paper. We needed some new fabric bookmarks that we love and keep using.

The best thing about these bookmarks are that they are so easy to customize. You can use a fun and colorful fabric print, or you can add a name to personalize it.

Sew 4 Easy Bookmarks with a Free Pattern

There’s a rectangle bookmark with raw pinked edges, a rectangle bookmark with enclosed edges, a fabric corner bookmark, and a fabric and elastic bookmark. Which is your favorite design?

Sew 4 Easy Bookmarks with a Free Pattern

Do you love to sew? Try on eof these fun sewing projects:

Sew 4 Easy Bookmarks with a Free Pattern

Sew Easy Bookmarks with Free Sewing Patterns

Supplies

  • Scraps of quilting cotton fabric
  • Scraps of lightweight interfacing
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
  • Free bookmark sewing patterns – get it at the end of the post
sew bookmark supplies

Easy Pinked Bookmark

Cut two fabric rectangles that are 2.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall. Cut one interfacing rectangle that is 2.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall.

cut out 2 fabric rectangles and 1 interfacing

Apply the interfacing to the back of one fabric rectangle.

apply interfacing

Pin the two rectangle WRONG sides together.

pin wrong sides together

Sew around the rectangle with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Pivot at the corners and backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew around edge

Trim the edges with pinking shears. Make sure you don’t cut through the stitches. You finished!

trim with pinking shears

Easy Rectangle Bookmark

Cut two fabric rectangles that are 2.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall. Cut one interfacing rectangle that is 2.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall.

cut out 2 fabric rectangles and 1 interfacing

Apply the interfacing to the back of one of the rectangles.

apply interfacing

Pin the two rectangles with right sides together. Sew around the rectangle with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 inch hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

trim corners

Turn the bookmark right sides out and poke out the corners. Press the bookmark flat.

turn right side out and poke corners

Edgestitch around the edges 1/8 inch from the edge and close the hole. You finished!

sew around edges

Fabric corner Bookmark

Cut out three fabric squares that are 4 inches by 4 inches. Cut out two interfacing squares that are 4 inches by 4 inches.

cut out 3 fabric squares and 2 interfacing

Apply the interfacing to 2 of the fabric squares.

apply interfacing

Fold one interfaced square in half diagonally. Press the fold in place. Place the triangle on top of the interfaced square matching up the two sides.

fold 1 square diagonally and place on another

Place the remaining square on top with right sides together. Pin all the layers together.

pin remaining square right sides together

Sew around the square pivoting at the corners with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 inch hole for turning.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

trim corners

Turn the bookmark right sides out and poke out the corners. Press the bookmark flat.

turn right side out and poke corners

Edgestitch around the edges 1/8 inch from the edge and close the hole. You finished!

sew around edges

Fabric and Elastic Bookmark

Cut two fabric rectangles that are 2.5 inches wide and 12 inches tall. Cut one interfacing rectangle that is 2.5 inches wide and 12 inches tall.

Cut a piece of 1/4 inch elastic that is 8 inches long.

cut out 2 fabric rectangles and 1 interfacing

Apply the interfacing to the back of one of the fabric rectangles.

apply interfacing

Pin the two fabric rectangles together with right sides together. Fold all four of the short ends down 1/4 inch.

pin right sides together fold down short ends

Sew the two long sides 3/8 inch from the edge. Backstitch when you start and stop.

Turn the tube right sides out. Press the bookmark flat making sure that the short ends are tucked inside.

turn right side out

Pin the ends of the elastic into the short ends of the bookmark.

insert elastic into two ends

Sew across the short ends 1/8 inch from the edge securing the elastic inside and closing the holes. Backstitch when you start and stop. You finished!

sew across the short ends and secure elastic

Get the Free Bookmark Sewing Patterns

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Sew 4 Easy Bookmarks with a Free Pattern

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Thanks Heather, what is the purpose of the interfacing here? Do you think it would work without it?