How to sew a fabric bookmark – free sewing pattern

Hi Peeps, I hope that you’re all doing well.

I want to share a free sewing pattern for you today – fabric bookmarks.

What you need:

Outer fabric, lining fabric, interfacing (optional), sewing thread, scissors, ruler.

  1. Cut fabric and interfacing pieces to 10 inches in length and 3 inches wide.
  2. Attach the interfacing to the lining pieces using a hot iron.
  3. Place the outer and lining fabric pieces with right sides together. Stitch around the bookmark using a half inch seam allowance (you can use quarter of an inch if you prefer), leaving a 3-inch gap for turning. I found leaving the gap at the side of the bookmark worked well.
  4. Turn right side out and poke out the corners using a blunt object or a point turner.
  5. Press with the iron to set the stitches and make it flatter. Fold in the edges where the gap is and press. Hold the edge in place with either clips or pins.
  6. Top stitch all the way around using a stitch of your choice (I use a longer stitch length of 4, because I like how it looks).
  7. Give it a finial press, then use it in your favourite book, or give it to a friend.


If you don’t have a sewing machine it can be done by hand stitching. It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps. You can use a patchwork design, several pieces of fabric, or whatever you wish.

If you prefer a PDF copy of the pattern it will be available in my Etsy shop for a small fee.

This pattern is free for personal use only. You are free to sell your bookmarks but not the pattern. Thank you for your understanding.

Have fun with your bookmarks and do please share your finished projects and tag me in the post so I can see how awesome your bookmark looks.

Thanks for reading, feel free to share,

Sarah. 🙂

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