Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Reworked Wednesday - Frayed Edge Book Mark Tutorial!

This week I was finally able to find time to make my frayed edge bookmark tutorial.  To see my original post about the bookmarks, click here.  They are easy to make and the best part is that they don't require perfect sewing skills!  Also, the bookmarks make great, inexpensive gifts for all the non-e-reader, readers in your life!  

Materials needed:
Fabric scraps
Felt scraps
Any material scraps that can be sewn into a fun pattern
2 pieces of canvas for bookmark base (mine are appx 2.25 x 6.25 inches) but any size will do
Sewing Machine

Step 1: Gather your fabric scraps. 
I like to get all my scraps together as I use them for inspiration.  Many times I don't have a clue as to what design I am going to make and seeing the types of fabrics I have available helps me make the decision.  Its also great to use felt, ribbon, or anything else that you have lying around.

Step 2: Create your design.
Once you have looked through your fabric scraps and have decided on a design, cut it out of the fabric and arrange the pattern on the canvas bookmark base to make sure that it fits.  For this tutorial I have decided to make a little flower bouquet and vase.  I also had fabric with a cute little bee so I decided to include him as well.

Step 3: Sew the design to the bookmark.
After you have laid out the design on your bookmark, peel off the top layers of materials until you reach the bottom layer.  Pin the pieces in place and sew to the bookmark.  For my design, I started with the flower stems and the bee.  One of the great things about this project is that it doesn't have to be perfect.  I sewed pretty rudimentary circles around the bee and semi-straight lines for the stems.  All "non-perfections" add character to the piece, at least that is what I think!

Once the bottom layer is sewn in place, continue onto the next layer of the design.  Pin and sew that in place.  For my design, it was the blue flower in the upper left of the bookmark.

Continue until the entire design has been sewn to the canvas.

Step 4: Sew the front and back of the bookmark together.
Once the design on the front is complete, its time to sew the back of the bookmark to the front.  Lie the two pieces of canvas fabric on top of each other and pin them in place.  Sew around the edge.  I used about a 1/4 inch seam, but it really doesn't matter.  I also had to go over some of the pieces I had previously sewn on as well.  Again, not a big deal.

Step 5: Fray the edges.
Once the front and back have been sewn together, its time to fray the edges.  To do this, just pull a few strands of canvas from each of the four sides of the bookmark.  This makes a fun edge for the bookmark.

After the edges have been pulled and frayed, you are all done!  You have a fun, cute bookmark to use or gift!  There are endless possibilities for the project.  Below are just a few more examples of bookmarks I made.  

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial!  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  Feel free to ask questions if you have any!  


  1. Great tutorial! So fun and I love how you can customize it any way you like. Will add this to Pinterest.

  2. Very cute and fun! Great little gifts.