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Leather Bookmarks

What you will make:

In this craft project, you cut out a simple leather bookmark in one of five designs. The shapes include an eagle and a rocket and are all 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 craft, start with this project!

For any 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, Artwork Bookmarks, Bookmark Greeting Cards, Handwoven Bookmarks, and Punched Bookmarks.

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.

Rate this project 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.

Bookmark Pattern
Printable pattern for leather bookmarks
Colored •  B&W

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.

Cut outbookmark pattern 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 Trace bookmark 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 have dark blue or black leather, try a red ink pen.

Step 4: Cut Leather 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.

That's it. Your bookmark is done!

Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Janet LaFara for creating the original Leather Bookmark project and patterns for Aunt Annie's Craft Page in 1997.

Rocket bookmark decorated with markers

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Tip: Add details to bookmarks with permanent markers.

Eagle bookmark made of dark green suede

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Tip: The eagle bookmark is the most difficult to cut. Skip cutting the beak if you like.

Leather scissors

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Tip: Leather is much easier to cut with heavy-duty scissors.

Cardstock bookmarks

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Tip: For a quick and easy craft, make cardstock bookmarks. Just print the colored pattern on cardstock and cut out. You might also decorate them with colored markers.

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