Create your own shibori book marks

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Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting almost weekly to pick up fiction books. I am almost addicted to reading at bedtime. Escaping into fiction helps me switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.

I still have a small amount of shibori inspired dyed denim – remember the pencil cases I made?. It dawned on me that I could adapt this rather nifty technique for making bag handles to create a neat book mark.

Today I am going to share my various shibori inspired denim bookmarks.

Elastic bookmark tutorial

To make:

  • Elastic the length of the book plus 1/4″
  • Shibori dyed denim, the length of the book by 4″  (see this post for more information)
  • Iron on interfacing, the length of the book by 4″

Tip – of you have think denim you may wish to omit the interfacing

Iron the interfacing to the back of the denim

Fold the fabric in half lengthways right sides together. Press.

Fold the long length in half again wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the other side.

Place elastic in the middle of the denim sandwich. Hold with a pin. Refold fabric.

Sew short ends.

Trim the seam allowance, this reduces bulk. Turn the fabric so the inside is now on the outside.

Poke the corners out. Press and finish with a top stitch all round the denim.

Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.

Or how about a different take on elastic? Lengthen the denim, create an elastic loop and add a button.

Personally this is my favourite – I am tempted to start a bullet journal, if I do this is the style bookmark I will use. Naturally you can use any fabric scraps you have.



    • Vicky
      February 26, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you Caroline, have a good week:)

  1. February 26, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Love the elastic loop bookmark. I’m always carrying round notebooks to jot down ideas and one of theses would look great round it. Especially as you know I love denim crafts.
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    • Vicky
      February 26, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks Claire – I’m wondering about trying crazy patchwork with scraps of denim next:)!

  2. February 26, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    These came out great. I’ve seen the idea a few times but wasn’t really sure how to go about doing it. Your pictures help a ton! I really like the idea of using denim since I 1) hate interfacing and 2) have a pile of jeans that I need to discard or upcycle.
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    • Vicky
      February 26, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks – I found interfacing was not necessary for the denim, but I am so used to using it that’s how I started!!

  3. February 26, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I read every minute I get, on the subway, in waiting rooms and every night before sleeping. A couple of years ago I gave in and switched to reading books on my phone – I was so anti this for years. Turns out it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Your bookmarks look great 😀 #handmademonday

    • Vicky
      February 26, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks Chrissie, I did try an e reader but realised how influenced I am by the graphics on the book cover to help me chose (rather shallow but true!)

  4. February 27, 2017 / 6:39 am

    Love these designs and must admit my favourite is the button one too. I have just started a bullet journal, not much in it yet but will get there

    • Vicky
      February 27, 2017 / 6:55 am

      I will be interested to hear how you get on with a bullet journal:) A friend suggested it to me as i tend to write a list for the day with tasks for home, blog, shopping etc.. I am very list focussed!!!

  5. February 27, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    These are really cute Vicky! You are now the person to come to for handmade Shibori products!

  6. March 3, 2017 / 10:55 am

    These are lovely Vicky, I think the one with the button is my favourite.
    i love to read but only really get chance on holiday, then I have a fest of 3 or 4 novels. I’ve tried with a kindle but there is nothing quite like a real book, then you need a book mark of course. Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday
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  7. Torry
    August 4, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I think when I make mine, I’ll use the buttonhole elastic so it can fit on more sizes of books. Thank you for the tutorial.

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