How to: Felt Bookmarks

Happy New Year!

I thought I’d start out the year with a tutorial on how to make these felt bookmarks.

For the Girls Night Out group Christmas party I made everyone a felt bookmark. My goal was to highlight my ice dyed fabrics (and a piece of stamped fabric).

I used my Scan N Cut to cut out the felt. However, you could easily cut out these with scissors.

You will need the following:

  • Felt (I’m using wool felt, but you could use acrylic felt.)
  • Fabric you want to showcase
  • Fusible batting
  • Mistyfuse or light fusible web
  • Light fusible interfacing
  • Glue stick
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting machine or scissors/rotary cutter
  • Charms

I’ve made two different bookmarks, but the directions are the same for both.

Here are the measurements:

Front felt: 7.5  x 2 inches

Back felt: 8 x 2.5 inches

Fabric: 7 x 1.75 inches

Fusible batting and interfacing: 7 x 1.5 inches

Cut out the front and back pieces of felt. For the front, the less you cut out, the more stable the felt is when you sew all of this together. However, you see less fabric.

Stablize the fabric with a light fusible interfacing.

Add glue to felt. I chose a glue stick. You could probably use any glue that works with fabric.

Add fabric piece on top of glued felt and press.

Here is how it looks so far.

Now add fusible batting to the back of piece.

And press.

Turn over and press.

The next step is to sew around the fabric opening. Then sew on the charm.

Add lightweight fusible (I’m using Mistyfuse) to the back piece of felt and press using a pressing sheet.

Add front felt on top of back piece and press.

Take this sandwich to the sewing machine and sew 1/8 inch from front piece edge.

Once sewn, cut the back piece even with the front piece. And you are finished.

That’s it.  I really enjoyed showing off my ice dyed fabric while playing with the felt I’ve come to love.

Again, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings you peace, joy, love, and lots of color.