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Photo Bookmark

Fathers who read a lot will give this gift great reviews.




  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle 
  • Thread
  • Photo
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Book


  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon 3 inches longer than twice the height of the book; snip a point at each end to prevent fraying.

  2. Step 2

    Sew a 1 1/2-inch-by-2-inch photograph to the ribbon by hand-stitching each corner.

  3. Step 3

    You might offer the bookmark with a new novel, wrapping the book with colored tissue paper and tucking the bookmark between two pages. Finish the gift with a simple ribbon or string.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006



Reviews (6)

  • hayliebug 20 Jun, 2010

    Sorry... it cut me off. I printed the photo onto transfer paper and ironed it on the fabric. It worked great!

  • hayliebug 20 Jun, 2010

    I made this using dark blue fabric and scanned a photo of my parents when they were young

  • Richmondgal 14 May, 2010

    An additional comment from Richmondgal: Why not sew more than one vinyl pocket onto the bookmark to represent more than one child? Dad would surely love this!

  • Richmondgal 14 May, 2010

    I would think that regular photos would tear away easily. Why not sew a clear vinyl pocket to the bookmark that's open on 3 of 4 sides and slide the photo in? It would protect the picture, wear better, and allow it to be changed periodically.

  • redkimi 14 May, 2010

    that is what it says but I think you could do the same thing by transfering the picture to the cloth and not sewing it in.

  • khender711 20 Jun, 2009

    do I understand that the photos are regular photos (not photos transferred to cloth)?