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Ribbon Bookmarks

A specially chosen book is always the perfect gift, and a handmade ribbon bookmark makes it all the more personal. These lovely keepsakes can be embellished as you like, and the directions can be modified to use any type or width of ribbon you desire.

Tools and Materials
2 1/4-inch-wide ribbon (16 inches long)
1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon (14 inches long)
Pencil
Ruler
Utility knife
A needle and thread

Bookmark How-To
Cut ribbons to a length a bit longer than the book they're intended for. On the wrong side of the wider ribbon, use a ruler and pencil to make evenly spaced horizontal lines 1 1/2 inches long.

Using a utility knife, and the edge of the ruler as a guide, carefully cut slits along pencil marks. Weave thin ribbon through slits on wide ribbon. [See image 2 above.] To hold ribbons in place, stitch straight across the top and bottom edges of the bookmark.

To create a fringed edge, stitch across the bottom of the bookmark, about 1/2 inch from the bottom; then pull away the threads running crosswise. Or adorn an edge with a button, bell, or charm.

Comments (4)

  • yamaribbon 26 Dec, 2012

    Really nice bookmark. Maybe you could have a try of making them with Yama Grosgrain Ribbon or Satin Ribbon . I think it would be a even better choice. Have a try? http://www.yamaribbon.com

  • BlackCatCrafts 1 Mar, 2011

    This would be a perfect compliment to the dust jacket project I've been working on. I need to scout for some ribbons now.

  • OmaD42 12 Jul, 2010

    Harvard44, did it work? I bet you could even cut the slits at an angle on purpose, and get a sort of chevron look.

  • harvard44 16 Apr, 2010

    Just an idea but... how would it work if you just fold the ribbon in half LENGTHWISE after cutting it just a little longer than the book - and then snip your slits while folded? Maybe an uneven pattern - instead of evenly-spaced snips - would be interesting as well? I'm going to try it!