Some friends living in South Korea tipped me off to a trend they’ve seen in stores: the corner bookmark. These slide-on bookmarks can be made from fabric or paper, and I’ve written a tutorial for the fabric version you see here. Wouldn’t these make cool teacher appreciation gifts?
Since I have a lot of charm squares, I decided to use those for my bookmarks. Each charm square yields one bookmark, or you can use two charm squares to make two bookmarks with different images on the inside and outside.
1-2 fabric charm squares (5″x5″)
2.5″x5″ piece of medium-weight fusible interfacing (I used Pellon 808)
Iron, sewing machine, thread, sewing pins
Choose two charm squares (or you may use just one if you want the same fabric on the inside and outside of the bookmark).
Cut squares in half on the 2.5″ mark. Set aside half, which you can use for a second bookmark.
Use your iron to fuse interfacing to the back of your feature fabric.
Pin fabric with right sides together.
Stitch 1/8″ from edges, leaving a 2″ gap on one long edge for turning.
Clip corners, making sure to avoid your stitch line.
Turn inside out and use a pen or turning tool to poke out the corners. Pin opened edge closed.
Topstitch 1/8″ from edge around perimeter, and press.
Fold rectangle in half and pin one edge perpendicular to the folded edge you just made. Stitch along pinned edge, 1/8″ from edge.
Open fabric into a triangle, with seam you just stitched facing the back. Press.
Slip bookmark over the corner of pages you would like to mark. These bookmarks can be used to mark two pages at once, depending on how many pages you slip inside.
This is a great 10-minute craft for when you don’t have a lot of time, and would be an easy sewing project for beginners. And since we learned from Wednesday’s giveaway question that many of you still prefer paper books to e-readers (giveaway is still open through 5/2), you might even make several to give as gifts!
If you’ve used the corner bookmarks tutorial, we’d love to see your version in the Craft Buds Flickr pool!