Braided Fabric Bookmark

I love reading just as much as I love sewing! I’m combining my hobbies this entire year by making a bookmark a month (with a free pattern, of course!) and sharing my reading list! You can find my reading list at the end of the blog!

This month, I braided fabric scraps together for a textural bookmark.


  • 2–2.5×8.5″ rectangles for bookmark
  • 3–2×13″ rectangles for braids

Finished bookmark: 2×8″

Assemble the Bookmark:

1. Fold each 2×13″ rectangle in half with right sides together. Sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn the tube right side out, and press flat.

2. Align two of the tubes on top of one 2.5×8.5″ rectangle, centering them. Add the last tube on top of the others in the very center.

3. Baste the tubes down on the top edge using a longer stitch length and a 1/8″ seam allowance. This holds the tubes in place so you can braid them.

4. Braid the tubes to the length of the 2.5×8.5″ rectangle.

5. Baste the tubes along the bottom edge using a longer stitch length and a 1/8″ seam allowance. Trim the tubes along the bottom so they are even with the rectangle.

6. Layer the second 2.5×8.5″ rectangles on top of the braided rectangle with right sides together.

7. Sew around the rectangles with a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a 3″ opening on one side for turning.

8. Turn the rectangles right side out. Push out corners and press flat.

9. Topstitch around all edges to close the opening and finish the bookmark.

And here’s my reading list for September!

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    Thanks for joining me for “happy hour”,


    What books are you reading now? I’m always on the lookout for more to add to my reading list!


      1. Great question! This bookmark is 1/4″ thick and does keep the pages open slightly when using it, but I haven’t noticed it hurting the book at all! (But maybe not something you want to keep in a book for months at a time if you’re a slower reader.)


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