Gift Idea: Handmade Leather Bookmark



Skill: Beginner

Time to make: approx. 20 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • Leather or an alternative thick fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Blue tac
  • Larger needle

How to make a leather bookmark

  1. Cut your leather down to a size or shape that works for you. This piece is approximately 4cm wide and 6cm tall. Shape the corners with a curve so that it disguises any wonky edges.
  2. Using a needle and thread (colour of your choice), stitch any shape you like. I chose a heart shape.To explain how I stitched my heart, take a look at the diagram below. The blue points are the points that the needle goes through the material. The red arrows are the stitches of thread that can be seen from the front side of the fabric and the orange stitches are seen on the back.  As you can see, using the correct method on the left, you’ll still get a nice coverage on the back too. If you use the incorrect method on the right, you’ll end up with lots of odd stitches.

  3. Decide where you want your ribbon hole to be. Place a ball of blue tac behind the area that you are going to pierce, and then using your standard sewing needle make a little hole. Give the needle a little wiggle in order to stretch the hole.
  4. Then take a large needle, or pen/pencil and try to create a slightly bigger hole. It should be big enough for you to pull a piece of ribbon through.
  5. Thread your ribbon through the hole and make sure that the shiney side is facing upwards. Then using your thread and needle, stitch the ribbon into a loop.
    Tip: to stop your ribbon from fraying at the end, put the cut edge near (not in) a flame. The ribbon will start to melt and seal at the edge. Only do this if you are a responsible adult, otherwise ask someone to do it for you.
  6. Enjoy!

You now have an awesome book mark. At this point you’ll love it so much that you’ll want to keep it yourself. But if you can bare to part with it, then read on…

To present it nicely to someone, take a blank card and cut a slit, which is on slightly wider than your ribbon. Thread the long end of ribbon through the card and use double sided tape to secure the ribbon on the inside. Just like that you have a simple, unique, handmade gift for someone who loves to read!


Handmade Bookmark with Card

I’d love to make another one of these, though next time I will have to reconsider my choice of thread and ribbon, as I’m not to sure about this colour combination.

12 January 2017



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