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How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric

When going through my great grandmother’s things, we found a few beautiful old handkerchiefs.  Not knowing what I would do with them, I took them home until I came up with an idea.  I finally found a use for some of them and made a tutorial for how to make bookmarks from fabric.  They are completely no-sew fabric bookmarks, so anyone can make them.  If you like this project, make sure you also check out my DIY Bookmarks post.

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric

Now I can enjoy the  beauty of the old hankies and think about my great grandmother every time I use the bookmarks.

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric, No-Sew Fabric Bookmarks

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To make these no-sew fabric bookmarks, you’ll need:

vintage floral handkerchief

How to Make Bookmark from Fabric

Start by drawing a 2 x 6 inch rectangle on the paper side of your interfacing.

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Position the interfacing, paper-side-up, on the “wrong” side of your handkerchief.  Iron it down and let it cool.  If your handkerchiefs are thin, like mine were, use a piece or parchment paper to protect your ironing board from the interfacing.   The stickiness on mine seeped through a little.

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric, No-Sew Fabric Bookmarks

Cut out the rectangle.

upcycle vintage handkerchief, vintage handkerchief project

Peel off the paper backing.

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric, No-Sew Fabric Bookmarks

Place your rectangle on top of your thicker fabric, with the interfacing side down.  Make sure it’s a solid fabric with no print.  White worked great for mine!  Iron it down and let it cool.

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric, No-Sew Fabric Bookmarks

Cut out your rectangle again, with some fabric scissors.  Then trim both sides with the scalloped shears, to make a pretty design on the edge.  You can use regular pinking shears for this as well, but I really like the scallops.

scallop fabric scissors shears

You can totally play around with this tutorial and use different scraps of fabric.  They don’t have to be handkerchiefs.  I made some for my girls with scraps of some unicorn fabric that I had sitting around.  They love them!

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric, No-Sew Fabric Bookmarks

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric, No-Sew Fabric Bookmarks

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How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric

How to Make Bookmarks from Fabric

Learn how to make bookmarks with vintage hankies or scraps of fabric. No sewing required!

Materials

  • vintage handkerchief or other scrap of fabric
  • scrap of thick fabric, such as canvas or duck cloth
  • paper backed, no-sew, fusible interfacing (Heat 'n Bond Ultrahold)
  • parchment paper

Tools

  • ruler
  • pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • scallop fabric shears or pinking shears

Instructions

  1. Draw a 2 x 6 inch rectangle on the paper side of your interfacing.
  2. Position the interfacing, paper-side-up, on the "wrong" side of your handkerchief. Iron it down and let it cool.
  3. Cut out the rectangle.
  4. Peel off the paper backing.
  5. Place your rectangle on top of your thicker fabric, with the interfacing side down. Iron it down and let it cool.
  6. Cut out your rectangle again, with some fabric scissors. Then trim both sides with the scalloped shears, to make a pretty design on the edge.

Notes

Use parchment paper to protect your ironing board.

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