What you will make:
In this craft project, you'll cut out a simple leather bookmark in one
of five designs. The shapes include an eagle and a rocket and all measure
about 1" by 6" (3 x 15 cm). Bookmarks always make great gifts, and
leather ones last virtually forever. If you are new to leather crafting,
start with this project!
For an easier craft, the bookmarks may be printed directly on
cardstock and colored with markers. Or, make felt bookmarks following
the same instructions.
Related crafts: For more bookmarks to make and give
as gifts, see
Cardstock Animal Bookmarks,
Bookmark Greeting Cards,
Handwoven Bookmarks, and
Here's what you need:
- Scrap of leather about 1.5" by 6" (4 by 15 cm): Thin (1/16"
or 2mm) leather of any type will work for this project
- Computer paper or cardstock
- Ballpoint pen
- Paper scissors
- Heavy duty craft scissors
- Optional: Leather snips, felt, markers
This project is rated EASY to do.
This project is rated VERY EASY if felt or cardstock is used
instead of leather.
How to Make Leather Bookmarks
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Download and Print Pattern
Download and print the
Leather Bookmark pattern. All five bookmark designs are
on the pattern sheet. For a reusable pattern, print on cardstock.
Bonus pattern: Or use the
pattern to make a simple fringed bookmark—see the
sidebar for instructions.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Cut Patterns
Cut out the bookmark design of your choice.
Tip: Try to cut neatly for a good pattern.
- Step 3: Trace Pattern
Place the pattern on the leather and hold it in place with one
hand. Trace around the pattern with a ballpoint pen.
Tip: If you're using dark blue or black leather, try
a red pen.
- Step 4: Cut Leather
Use heavy scissors or leather snips to cut out the bookmark. Cut
inside the ink lines so that no ink is left on the bookmark.
Tip: To cut inward points, cut first from one
side in, then from the other side in.
Tip: The eagle bookmark is the most difficult to
cut. Skip cutting the beak if you like.
- Step 5: Decorate (optional)
If you like, add details to bookmarks with permanent markers.
It is important to use permanent markers in order to avoid bleeding
of the ink onto book pages.
That's it. Your bookmark is done!
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