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Leather Bookmarks

What you will make:

In this craft project, you'll cut out a simple leather bookmark in one of eleven designs, including several that are very easy to cut. 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, 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.

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 or Simple Bookmarks pattern. There are five shaped bookmark designs on the Leather Bookmark pattern sheet, and six simple shapes on the Simple Bookmarks pattern. For a reusable templates, print the pattern on cardstock. Bonus pattern: Or use the Fringed Bookmarks pattern to make a simple fringed bookmark—see the sidebar for instructions.

Leather Bookmarks
Printable pattern for leather bookmarks
Colored •  B&W
Fringed Bookmarks
Printable pattern for fringed suede bookmarks
Colored •  B&W
Simple Bookmarks
Printable templates of simple shapes 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're using dark blue or black leather, try a red 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.

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.

Tip: 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!
Arrow bookmark made of red suede

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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.

Five bookmark designs

Tip: Choose from five bookmark designs on the Leather Bookmark pattern. Make the bookmarks in leather colors of your choice.

Fringed suede bookmark

Tip: Make a simple fringed bookmark from suede. Cut a strip of suede 6" to 8" long, and then cut a fringe on both ends that is 1" to 1½" deep. You can use a template on the Fringed Bookmarks pattern as a guide, if you like.

Leather scissors

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

Cardstock bookmarks

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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