Learn how to make a heart-shaped corner bookmark today, with a free printable template for you. Celebrate love all year round with beautiful heart bookmarks.
I plan on making quite a few for my friends as a perfect gift to celebrate Galantine’s day in a variety of prints and colors. Naturally, the heart bookmarks are also the perfect Valentine’s Day craft for book lovers of all ages! In fact, they would make great stocking fillers or small items to sell at a craft fair.
These heart bookmarks are a great project for quilting cotton fabric scraps – not that they will make many dents in my fabric scraps pile!
The template for this adorable heart bookmark is made of a square and joined along the edge of the heart. The heart sits on the page you are reading, with the square behind, thus creating a little pocket for your page.
I have chosen to work with printed quilting cotton, but you could so easily jazz these up in different ways. I love repurposing denim, how about a denim heart with some traditional lace as decor across the heart? Or a plain fabric with hand embroidery, a cluster of french knits for instance.
Once you have made one or two you will quickly see how to customize your fabric.
How to make Heart Corner Bookmarks
- Template (download and print)
- Fabric 1/8 cotton
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
Let’s start by cutting out two pieces of fabric as per the heart template. I pinned the heart template on two layers of fabric and cut both at once. If you have chosen to work with a print fabric think about the placement of the template in relation to the print, for example choosing to have a small bunch of flowers central to the heart rather than cut in half!.
Place the two pieces of fabric right sides facing and pin together. Using a short stitch (such as 2.4 length) we are going to stitch around the shape leaving a turning gap along a straight edge of the base of the square.
Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stitch slowly, when turning a corner lower the needle into the fabric, lift the presser foot, and pivot. Stitching slowly gives you greater control and will result in neater heart shapes.
Trim the corners and cut into the V of the heart being, as close as you can to the stitches without snipping the stitches, as well as the v between the heart and square.
Turn the fabric right side out through your turning gap. Push out the corners and the top of the heart – I have used the ends of my scissors, gently. Press well. Turn in your raw edges and press.
Now fold your heart over your square, lining up the straight edge of the heart with the straight edge of the square.
Now let’s finish the bookmark with some hand stitching, simultaneously joining the heart to the square. We are going to stitch with a ladder stitch. Take the needle through one side of the fabric, insert directly opposite then run the needle internally along and then back up.
Personally, there is nothing like a real paperback for curling up with at the end of the day, my daughter is forever telling me off for not using bookmarks. I will have no excuse now with these adorable fabric bookmarks.