Today, we’ll dive into a delightful project perfect for quilters of all levels: creating a quilted bookmark. This project is not only an excellent way to use up fabric scraps but also results in a lovely accessory for all the book lovers out there. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

  • Fabric scraps for the strips
  • A 6.5″ piece of fabric for the bookmark back
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pins or clips
  • Scissors

 

Step 1: Cutting Your Strips

Begin by selecting your fabric scraps. For a vibrant, eye-catching bookmark, consider choosing a variety of colors and patterns. Once you’ve made your selections, cut 11 strips that are each 1.5″ wide. The length of the strips can vary as they will be sewn together end-to-end.

Step 2: Sewing the Strips Together

Take your 1.5″ strips and sew them together along the long edges, right sides facing each other, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seams open with your iron to reduce bulk. This step will create a visually appealing patchwork effect that’s characteristic of quilted items.

 

 

Step 3: Cutting at a 45-Degree Angle

After sewing your strips together, you’ll have a piece of patchwork fabric. Place this fabric on your cutting mat and, using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the fabric at a 45-degree angle. This angled cut will add an interesting geometric element to your bookmark.

Step 4: Preparing the Bookmark Back

Cut a 6.5″ piece of fabric for the back of your bookmark. This piece can be from a single fabric to complement or contrast with your patchwork front. Iron this piece to ensure it’s smooth and ready for assembly.

 

Step 5: Assembling the Bookmark

Lay your patchwork front and the back fabric right sides together, aligning the edges. Pin or clip the layers together to keep them from shifting. Sew around the perimeter, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, and leave a small opening along one edge for turning the bookmark right side out.

 

Step 6: Turning and Top Stitching

Carefully turn your bookmark right side out through the opening. Use a pointy but not sharp object, like a knitting needle or a chopstick, to push out the corners. Iron the bookmark flat, making sure the opening’s edges are folded inward in line with the sewn edges. Finally, top stitch around the entire perimeter of the bookmark, close to the edge. This will close the opening and give your bookmark a finished look.

 

You’ve just created a beautiful, quilted bookmark. Not only is this project a great way to practice your quilting skills, but it also makes for a thoughtful handmade gift for your book-loving friends and family. The combination of colorful fabric strips and the unique 45-degree cut gives your bookmark a sophisticated look that’s sure to be admired. Happy quilting and happy reading.