Fun Craft for Readers: Ribbon Bookmarks

Are you like me and always reading two or three books at a time and always looking for a bookmark to mark your page? Well, I’ve got a quick and easy Ribbon Bookmark project to share with you today that will make your life easier and add a little style to your books.

Photo 1 Bookmarks on Books

You’ll need just a few supplies to complete this project:

  •  Ribbon:  Using ribbon wider than 1” will work best for this project.  I made three bookmarks and used the following May Arts ribbon:
    • EH14—1.5”  Grosgrain Two-Tone
    • 331-10—1.5”  Grosgrain White Ovals
    • 344-39—1.5”  Grosgrain Animal Print
  • Elastic Hair Bungee
  • Buttons—one for each bookmark
  • Sewing Machine—having a sewing machine will allow you to complete this project super quick but if you don’t own a sewing machine, you can also stitch this up by hand.

Photo 2 Supplies



  1.  Take one end of your ribbon and fold it over your hair elastic and stitch the end down.  If using a sewing machine, you can use a decorative stitch to make your bookmark a little fancy.

Photo 3 Ribbon with elastic

  1. Next, measure the bookmark length by placing the ribbon inside your book and wrapping it around the outside of the book until the ends meet and cut. 
  2. Fold the raw edge of your ribbon over about ½” and sew it down.
  3. Sew your button onto the ribbon end, about 1” in from the end.

And, just that quick you have a beautiful Ribbon Bookmark!

Photo 4 Completed Bookmarks

As you get further into your book, the elastic cord will stretch to accommodate the additional pages.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  Make a few bookmarks for yourself and a few as gifts!

  See you next time!

Blog post by: Shelly Dozier-Mckee




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