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Children's Craft - Fabric Bookmark

Updated on December 15, 2008

My daughter made some very neat bookmarks at a meeting earlier this year and I immediately thought they would make a great Christmas present. They were very easy to make and it didn't take but thirty minutes to make three bookmarks. They are also magnetic, so they won't fall out of your book, which is nice, especially for kids.

You will need fabric scraps in whatever pattern you like, hard pieces of cardboard, scissors, glue, small magnets, and ribbon. The cardboard should be a bit thicker than a poster board. Do not use a box. I got the perfect cardboard inside an envelope with pictures. It was just the toughness not to bend, but lightweight and thicker than paper.

Cut the cardboard into about one inch thick pieces and cut two pieces about two inches long each. Cut a fabric scrap about twice the size of the cardboard laid one above the other one. Leave a small space between the two pieces. Glue down, with just a little bit of glue. Elmer's works fine, I applied it with a q-tip.

Next fold the fabric over the cardboard, folding the corners in and down like you are wrapping a present. Glue as you go. One side of the fabric will lie across the other, creating a seam. You will then cut a piece of ribbon that matches the fabric the length of the entire bookmark. Glue this over the seam from one end to the other. Lastly you will cut two small magnets, the kind that have the sticky backs, and stick them to either end of the bookmark. The bookmark will fold in half over the page you are on, or group of pages that you want to mark and the magnets will stick together holding your place. Voila! You have a very neat bookmark. Enjoy!

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    • Marlene F. profile image

      Marlene F. 9 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Wow. What a great idea. My daughter loves to read, and I bet she would like this! Thanks.

    • Shelly McRae profile image

      Shelly McRae 9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      These are so cute! A great way to use up your fabric scraps and make inexpensive gifts for colleagues and neighbors.

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      foodstorage 9 years ago from Utah

      Great idea to include the magnets!

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Wow! Those look easy and fun. I have a new project to do with my kids and to help get rid of some of those pieces of fabric I have lying around. Thanks!!

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