February 23 ~ FQ Project of the Day

on February 23 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 128 Comments

Bookmarks
Fabric Bookmarks by Bec, The Small Stuff

Bec writes that these bookmarks are, “Lovely and tactile to touch, and the button stops them slipping down into the book.” She writes more about the project on her blog. Make a bunch to include with a special book for a gift, or just to keep around the house.

Other bookmarks we love. For related tutorials try here, here, here, here and here.

Share your bookmark link in the comments below, or point us all to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Green!

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128 Responses to February 23 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. I made my niece some bookmarks for Christmas, one of which was inspired by these. You can see them and my other handmade Christmas ideas at the post under my name. Thanks!

  2. Faye says:

    I’m going to try this!

  3. Tabbi says:

    I can see some crazy quilt bookmarks appearing from my stash! I love all fat quarters, who am I kidding I love all fabrics..

  4. Laura says:

    Those are so pretty, remind me of kimono fabrics.

  5. read2sew says:

    Wonderful idea for a quick gift.

  6. Andrea Brown says:

    How very clever. And MUCH more stylish than a tissue or magazine subscription card.

  7. Michal says:

    Beautiful bookmarks! And it’s good timing too – I just lost my favourite bookmark :(

  8. michele m says:

    what a perfect idea for scraps–they are soo cute and the button to keep them from slipping down really makes sense (once i read what it was for) making me want to make some even more!!!

  9. Cheryl says:

    How cute are those? What a great idea, and you can use up all those scraps of fabric and trim to make them unique!

  10. Cath says:

    The bookmarks are so cute =) I’m planning on doing one in cross stitch, next I’ll try this!

  11. These bookmarks are gorgeous. I love Fat Quarter Month. What a great idea ! If only I had time to make all these projects…

  12. Marija says:

    These are all such fun bookmarks to make with my daughters, Thanks!

  13. Jodie says:

    I love projects I can use my scraps on! Thanks!

  14. Nakole says:

    I love all of these tutorials! I am going to make cute bookmarks for all my girls in bookclub.

  15. Ramona says:

    I love to read as much as I love to sew so these are perfect. I love the buttons on the top.

  16. Emma O. says:

    Great idea! Hubby & I love to read and he’s always misplacing his bookmark. I’ll have to make him some extras! BTW, greens a fabulous color!!!

  17. Christen says:

    That’s definitely a much prettier bookmark than the paper ones I pick up for free at the library!

  18. Leah says:

    I already commented on this, but now I have actually made a fabric bookmark! It was so quick and easy, and a wonderful way to use every last scrap of my fabric. You can see the first of what will hopefully be many bookmarks here: http://lfinndesigns.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-first-bookmark.html Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration!

  19. lesley says:

    great use for all my tiny scraps :)

  20. Persis Lorenti says:

    What a great idea for using little scraps! I need to make some of these.

  21. Leah says:

    This is perfect for the little scraps I have leftover from larger projects. Plus, I love to read, and have LOTS of friends who love to read. I think it would be fun to keep a ‘stash’ of these bookmarks on hand to give as gifts, place on a nightstand for a guest staying over, or even ‘hide’ in a library book to surprise the next person checking it out! Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. adrienne says:

    Love the button detail, cute and functional. Love the paper and fabric bookmark from How About Orange, too.

  23. Keri says:

    These are a really cute idea!

  24. Kaye says:

    I have a HUGE bag of small scraps I couldn’t bear to part with. I knew the perfect project would come along to use them all up. I think the bookmarks are a great idea. I love the added touch of the buttons.

  25. Rose in Arizona says:

    What a nice way to surprise a friend with scraps from a project we worked on together. We trade books all the time.

  26. Bec Hollis says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my bookmarks – I’m really chuffed that you like them :)
    Cheers, Bec

  27. Shellyfish says:

    sometimes you just need to add one more little thing to a gift package – these are always a good idea!

  28. Amorette says:

    so great! i always need a bookmark but lose them- not these! they are too nice to misplace!

  29. Melissa says:

    What a clever way to use up little scraps!

  30. Lydia says:

    These are too cute! What is your best resource for unique buttons?

  31. Barbara says:

    What a good idea, I never thought of quilted bookmarks.

  32. stitchstitch says:

    Sigh…I’m going to miss all of these great fat quarter projects everyday after Feb 28!

  33. What a great idea! I’ll be sure to make some for my mum and for my upcoming Etsy store!

  34. Elaina Sharp says:

    Love the bookmarks!!!!!

  35. Kara B says:

    Finally, something I can make my husband that I know he will use!

  36. Catherine says:

    Feeling very inspired to make some bookmarks. Now to find some time. My bookworm daughters could even make some.

  37. Peta-Jane says:

    So Cute… I love to encourage reading amongst my nieces..not that they need that much encouragement really…I always gift them a book for Christmas or Birthday as well as their “main present” so I am going to make some of these in rediness…Thanks for this fab month of projects !!!
    PS pink and GREEN are my fave colours !!

  38. Kris says:

    What a cute idea to use up leftovers.

  39. Sarah D says:

    I would never have thought of adding a button to keep it from sliding!

  40. Christy says:

    What a great idea! I have some good ideas on how to use these in addition to my rubber stamping hobby. Thank you so much for the links!

  41. Grace says:

    buttons make everything better.

  42. Helena says:

    This is awesome. We do alot of reading in my house. Can’t wait to make some of our own.

  43. amy says:

    The button is such a great idea!!

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Can’t wait to make these for book club adn book worm nieces and nephews!

  45. Melissa says:

    I have to say, I recently found your blog. And now it has a prominent place on my daily read list. I recently inherited my late grandmothers sewing machine and since then I have been on the hunt for fun, easy patterns to make. I love seeing each day what you have in store for us! Keep them coming!

  46. LisaC says:

    A cool gift to give my nieces with all the books I keep sending them :)

  47. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    What a cute idea for what to do with those last scraps of that favorite fabric. And you can hold the lovely fabric in your hand while reading the book.

  48. Libby says:

    The bookmark made with paper and vintage fabric was really lovely.

  49. Kara says:

    I love the fabric choices in the photographs!

  50. Lola Jo says:

    Those are so pretty! What a great idea!

  51. Heidi says:

    I love reading almost as much as I love sewing. This is the best.

  52. Stacey says:

    Cute gift idea!

  53. B says:

    OH yes please. You’ve got me drooling over all these things I Need to make with fat quarters now!

  54. Barbara says:

    Oh, I want to make some!

    Barbara

  55. suzi says:

    These are lovely. I am really into making bookmarks right now for some reason. I have been working on some felt ones.

  56. Debbie L says:

    Great idea for my scraps! Thanks.

  57. Susan says:

    What a great idea for scraps!

  58. Great idea!!!

  59. julia says:

    With buttons! Some day I will make some kind of bookmarks for my bookgroup!!

  60. Dominika says:

    Really cute idea! Stop wasting scraps!

  61. Heather says:

    These are so pretty. The bookmarks I’ve made have been much simpler, but they make me so happy since the scraps are used, not wasted.

  62. jen w says:

    these are so beautiful! very creative use of fabric

  63. Kim Shirley says:

    what a sweet simple idea! great gift!

  64. Becky says:

    Now, these are original and very attractive. I am going to make some for my friends and family.

  65. Corrie says:

    Those are great! Will have to try those out. Good ideas!

  66. Jessica says:

    Adorable! Thank you :) Now I won’t have to use bobby pins or random receipts for bookmarks!

  67. Mary says:

    I am always in need of more bookmarks. These are perfect!

  68. Carrie P. says:

    Such a great idea to use leftover scraps of fabric. Very pretty.

  69. Megan says:

    Lovely. They really are beautiful.

  70. Leigh says:

    I love this idea – perfect for my bookclub ladies!

  71. Jen B. says:

    With many avid readers in the family I think that bookmarks are going to be great gifts this winter!

  72. Emily S says:

    I love those fabric combinations!!

  73. Loralynn says:

    Love that there is another way to use my scraps!

  74. Super adorable!!! I’m a member of PaperbackSwap.com and have wanted to start including a little bookmark in the books I send along (and of course I’ve been way too lazy to check out patterns myself). These are so perfect. Oh SMS, you’re the cat’s pajamas!!!

  75. Kesha Thomas says:

    I’m going to tackle this when my baby takes her nap today!

  76. elizabeth says:

    These are so cute! I really need to make some for myself… I keep sticking random papers into my books (receipts, lists, pictures, drawings)!
    I can see cute fabrics for kids, too!

  77. Suzy says:

    Very cute!

  78. Leslie Newton says:

    These are so cute, better than a receipt of a scrap of paper. (That’s what I usually use). These make nice gifts that say “I care”.

  79. jodie says:

    Love this idea!

  80. Betsy M says:

    Love that button idea!!

  81. Bethany says:

    Beautiful bookmarks! I agree…great way to use up scraps!

  82. JenniferM. says:

    I love this project for those tiny scraps. Very cute.

  83. Margie says:

    So pretty. I’ve been wanting to make fabric bookmarks for family & teachers. Great idea!!

  84. Jodie says:

    Super cute! I love these fabric combinations, too.

  85. Linda says:

    Cute bookmarks! I might try one. I love green! Hope I win!!

  86. Mandy says:

    They are so lovely..will make some in the near future!

  87. Liz says:

    What a great idea for small pieces of fabric. Perfect since I hang on to every last scrap- it makes me feel guilty if I have to throw them away. I am loving fat quarter month!

  88. Valerie says:

    What a sweet idea for those little scraps that you can’t bear to part with!

  89. JaneR says:

    Sweet! Real sweet!! Great for stocking stuffers, a child off to college, first day at grade school, teachers and us magazine hounds! Thanks!

  90. Danielle says:

    My sister collects bookmarks. this would be a great b-day present for her. :)

  91. lifeasamama says:

    i never would have thought to put a button on them!! what a fun idea!

  92. Amy Hodge says:

    These are really cute, and having such a cute bookmark might be an incentive to try harder not to lose them!

  93. Ingrid says:

    I’m a big reader, especially since i’ve gone back to school, and just love the idea of making some bookmarks out of leftover scraps.

  94. Marcijo says:

    Very nice. I may have to make some of these today.

  95. Heather B says:

    My daughter has just discovered chapter books, and we are always looking for ways to mark our spot each night.

  96. Laurie says:

    I think i’ll make some of these, except i’ll double the length, fold them in half and add the button. That way it would slip over the page and be held pretty securely. Maybe i have issues lol

  97. Miss Behave says:

    Love the idea, and since I have a lot of books I plan to make a few of these, thanks so much for posting this!

  98. craftytammie says:

    love those bookmarks and the ponytail scarves too!

  99. Valerie says:

    I’ve been waiting for a good bookmark tutorial. I can’t wait to make these!!!

  100. Deb Volkman says:

    These are so cute. What a great way to use leftover fabric.

  101. Christine says:

    Oh my!! how come I didn’t think of that…all these antique buttons I have and keep collecting…very nice thing to do with them…hmmmmm…one for my mother, whose immense button collection I’ve purloined!

  102. Kay says:

    Very cute way to use scraps!

  103. Clara says:

    The buttons are such a great idea. These are fun and pretty.

  104. Mary Ann M says:

    These really are super cute and a great use of leftover fabric.

  105. Mandy Court says:

    sew cute! Love them. What a great way to use up some of those scraps.

  106. Tammy says:

    Wow, those are so neat looking! I’m going to give them a try!

  107. Kristen says:

    This is such a great idea! I love to read like crazy and I often just us a scrap piece of paper. This would be a much better thing and then I get some visual beauty also. I have many people I could give these to. Thanks for all of your great ideas. Now if only I could win one of the giveaways. I was the wrong Kristen Yesterday. Oh well.

  108. aSprinkling says:

    This might just be the birthday present that I’ve been looking for…coming in March.

  109. Kandra Young says:

    LOVE the bookmarks! What a very cute idea!

  110. Skulleigh says:

    Oooh, I like the paper ones from How About Orange. I’ve never been a big fan of fabric bookmarks since they tend to be thicker. I might have to make me some of the paper ones though.

  111. Ellen Lamb says:

    Those are so cute! I never thought to make bookmarks before!

  112. Harley says:

    I love making fabric bookmarks! And they make nice little gifts.

  113. Kristin says:

    Those are too cute!!! It would make a nice gift along with a book!

  114. Katie says:

    I’m always dog-earring my book pages. I know, not good! Thanks for idea!

  115. Ellen Ban says:

    Great way to recycle and use up scraps!

  116. Crissy says:

    Super cute bookmarks! I love the buttons!

  117. sarah says:

    Oh, I’m thinking end-of-year teacher gifts!

  118. Barb says:

    So cute…what a good use of FQ’s!

  119. Southern Gal says:

    I love to read and I love to be able to find my place when I have to put the book down.
    These are great!

  120. Toby says:

    great idea for my little sewer who loves to read as much as me!

  121. Debra says:

    I love these. Our family finds book stores where ever we travel. I love the embroidered book marks.

  122. Wonderful idea… they would make a great gift.

  123. Sunny says:

    Green! Green Fat Quarters! Oh please, let this be the week for me! I heart green! Call it a mild obsession.

  124. Tammy :) says:

    Awesome gifts for the avid reader!

  125. I love the idea of the button – cute and very practical!

  126. v and co says:

    ah i LOVE scraps and i just made a rag rug (over at moda bake shop) that would be AWESOME with scraps! can’t wait to see what else!!

  127. Jon says:

    Great project idea for kids! The links are pretty awesome, too. There’s still a couple days left in “random act of kindness” month, and the folks at the local nursing home will appreciate these:)

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