Cute and easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

While browsing around the internet looking for some last minute gift ideas to sew (yes I know – last minute – of course), I stumbled across this tutorial that shows how to make a bookmark with flower embellishments. I didn’t like that it used soft, mooshy batting for the bookmark section, so I redesigned it using Peltex which is a more rigid stabilizer and makes it look more like a real bookmark. I also went for a minimalist look using only one flower embellishment.

These bookmarks are fast, fun and easy to make, so if you’re also looking for some last-minute gifts, you can sew up a batch in no time at all.

What you need

– colorful fabric scraps
– muslin
– black machine thread
– white felt or thin cotton batting
Pellon F72 double-sided fusible Peltex
pinking shears
– buttons
– hand embroidery floss or thick pearl cotton

Directions

Cut 2 pieces of fabric and one piece of felt 3″ square. Layer the felt in between the fabric and pin in place. Using a pencil, mark a 2″ circle in the center.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Using black thread and free motion stitching, start at the center and sew a spiral outward. It doesn’t have to be perfect! In fact, this project looks more fun when the stitching is a little wonky.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Using pinking shears, trim the excess fabric from around the edges. Be careful not to cut the stitching.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Cut one piece of Pellon F72 double-sided fusible Peltex 1-1/2″ x 8″, and two pieces of muslin 2″ x 8-1/2″.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Center the Peltex in between the two pieces of fabric and fuse in place.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Using a standard sewing foot, sew two rows of stitching around the edges close to the Peltex, then stitch a flower stem and leaf design along the bookmark. Use a pencil to lightly mark the design before sewing. Normally I would use free motion to sew this type of design but it’s difficult to sew free motion on Peltex stabilizer. This design is simple enough to sew using a standard sewing foot.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Using pinking shears, trim away the excess fabric from around the edge of the bookmark.

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Position the flower at the top of the bookmark, center a button on the flower and handsew in place using embroidery floss or pearl cotton. Tie the thread at the front and leave a little bit dangling for some added embellishment. And that’s it! You’re done!

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

Then make a bunch because they’re fun and easy and your friends will love them!

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment

How to make an easy fabric bookmark with flower embellishment