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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

9 Quick and Easy Bookmarks to Craft for Book Lovers

Whether you’ve turned into a voracious reader over the lockdown, or you know someone who goes through books like a card maker goes through cardstock, these sweet makes are just the ticket to make that hobby even more fun. They make great gifts, and since they’re all so small and easy to whip up, you can batch make a few for all your loved ones. Have a peek at our selection and see what you like best!

9 Quick and Easy Bookmarks to Craft for Book Lovers

1. Faux Tea Bags

Nothing's better than a nice cuppa while you read, but these charming bookmarks are the next best thing. Simply whip them up with pretty scraps of fabric from your stash, or treat yourself to some lovely new designs, such as the Six Penny Memories Moda Brightly Blooming fat quarter pack (569702).

[image source: shelterness.com/trendy-and-quick-diy-watercolor-clock]

2. Book Spines

These brilliant bookmarks are a great way to upcycle any old novels you have lying around, and they’ll add an element of sophistication to your reading. Plus, it’s hilariously ironic to use a book to keep track of another book’s progress. Afterwards, you can either add a new cover to the old novel or use the pages in fun mixed media crafts.

[image source: crafterholic.com/2012/11/15/book-spine-bookmarks]

3. Pen Holder

Perfect for workbooks, bullet journals and scrapbooks, these handy bands will keep track of your page while also holding one or two pens for use. To make your own, simply stitch a thin pouch to a length of elastic like House of Alistair's Cord Elastic (574612).

[image source: sewcanshe.com/blog/2017/5/19/journaling-bookmark-and-pencil-holder-free-sewing-tutorial]

4. Foil and Tassels

This stunning foiled bookmark is sure to add a little glamour to your next read and, what’s more, it’s super easy to make. Helen Kirkham has put together a handy guide here to make your own using a ScanNCut, but if you’re a little nervous about hot foiling for the first time, check out our handy introduction to the craft here – you’ll soon be a master of all things sparkly.

5. Arrow

Not only will this handy bookmark keep track of your page, but it’ll also point to the exact line you were on too! Simply make an arrow from card or a lolly stick and stitch or tie it to a band of elastic, making sure that the arrow is pointing to the side.

[image source: onelmon.com/blog/2014/05/ice-cream-sticks-2-arrow-bookmark]

6. Watercolour

How lovely is this colourfully painted bookmark? Contributor Siobhan Ferguson has put together an in-depth tutorial to make your own here, so pick up a pack of watercolours like Creativ Colortime's Paint Set (449091) and have a go yourself. It's perfect for a spot of mindfulness.

7. Monster Heads

Perfect for kids both big and small, these monster heads will keep track of your current page while hilariously looking like they're eating it. Grab a pack of colourful paper or cardstock, such as Colortime's Assorted A4 Sheets (485822), and get creative designing your own monsters.

[image source: youtube.com/watch?v=YVkJPCp_1UQ]

8. Bows

If a book is truly special, why not show it with an oversized bow as a bookmark? It's a great use for any fabric scraps you have lying around in your stash. Just make sure to keep the bow on the outside of the book, to prevent it from getting squished.

[image source: makeit-loveit.com/sew-big-bow-bookmark]

9. Brush Lettering Messages

Bookmarks are an excellent opportunity to practise your intricate brush lettering. Have a go at writing motivational quotes to keep going or funny messages to amuse yourself, such as "If my book is open, your mouth should be closed."

[image source: instagram.com/p/wFAho0M0r3]