This tutorial really is easy, but it's picture "heavy"...you know me with my pictures! Lol...I just think it's so much easier to explain each step in a picture. If I got my act together and started doing video tutorials, this would take 5 minutes vs 40 pictures!!
Here is the finished heart bookmark...I made up this pattern, so with lots of trial an errors...I hope you like it!
The fabric heart hugs the page and keeps your place...
with this little pocket on the back.
and it's thin enough for the book too.
Here's what you'll need...the heart pattern I found fits in a 4 inch square. Your heart may be a different size so adjust accordingly.
- heart pattern
- 2 pieces of scrap fabric 4 inches square
- 1 square at 3 inches (I'll explain later why it's 3 inches)
The most important thing about your heart pattern is the point. It MUST be at a 90 degree angle to fit at the corner of the book.
I found a free heart pattern online somewhere and then placed it on the corner of a piece of card stock to get the 90 degree corner. Just adjust the shape to get the correct point and look.
My heart fits a 4 inch square.
Here's where the 3 inch block comes in.
Measure the distance from the point of the heart to just where the rounded part starts. Yours may be different, so make your square the size of your side.
Place your 2 larger (4 inch) squares together with one wrong side facing up.
Place the point of the heart in the corner of your square and trace the heart
Cut on the line.
to get 2 hearts...
Now take ONE of the hearts and measure about 1 inch up from the point.
Draw a line horizontally across and cut on the line...only on ONE of the hearts.
So far you should have one full heart, one heart with tip cut off and a 3 inch square.
Are you still with me? Lol
Take the 3 inch square and fold into a triangle on the diagonal.
Press. Fold is at the top.
Take the full heart right side up and place the folded triangle on top matching the points
Now take your trimmed heart and place it on top of the other 2, right sides together...matching the rounded top.
Here's a peek inside before I continue...
Please pin, pin, pin.
Now sew with a quarter inch seam allowance.
Here's a few tips for sewing curves...
- keep your stitch length tiny so it takes the curves better
- keep needle DOWN when you have to stop and pivot.
- when you feel like it's not taking the circular shape, stop (needle down) and lift presser foot to take the turn better. Sometimes the foot drags the fabric and lifting up the foots release that
Tip for the "V" section of the 2 rounded parts...draw a pencil dot a 1/4 down from the "V" shape. That's where you will stop, needle down, and pivot back up to the next curve. You may have to go one stitch passed the pencil to be sure.
Always needle down before you turn.
Sew ALL THE WAY AROUND without stopping....back stitch at the end to secure. There will be NO opening. The secret is that trimmed off point...that's the turning opening
Make little snips in the curved sections to release the tension especially in the "V".
Open up that trimmed area and turn the heart inside out.
It should look like this at first.
I used a chop stick to poke out the edges.
Now flip the heart over...you'll still see some stitching on the point.
Take that little pocket and turn it down towards the bottom point and over to the other side.
Now this little pocket is on the other side and you are DONE!!! WOO HOO... no opening to whip stitch closed.
That little pocket on the back is where the page slides into to keep your place in the book.
ok...I have to say...I just LOVE this. Nothing like tooting my own horn.
I might even read more with this little heart bookmark.
I hope you love this too. Perfect gifts for just about everyone...
- teacher gifts
- classmate Valentine's
- easy gift to mail...just put in a card with a little extra postage
- quilting/sewing friends for their quilting books
- mail to your kids in college to let them know you love them...and that they should be reading! lol
- great for cook books too
- buy a book for a gift and tuck it in as an extra treat
Now that is pretty cool! Thanks for an easy and quick project!ReplyDelete
This is a really cute idea, Karen. And, it sure would be fun to see you do some video tutorials!ReplyDelete
Exceptionally great tutorial for a bookmark AND a wonderful gift idea for the next holiday coming along!ReplyDelete
Turning and not having to whip stitch is delightful! :)
Christina in Cleveland
Great tutorial, thank you. Want to make some for my daughters.ReplyDelete
Adorable and easy to make. ThanksReplyDelete
Very, very clever. And so sweet as well. Toot away on that horn!ReplyDelete
It's a wonderful idea.
Great tutorial, Karen!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing
Karen, está fantástico el tutorial y el corazón es precioso y muy útil. Gracias por las explicaciones, un besoReplyDelete
Just have to make one.
Thanks for the tutorial.
una gran idea! que bonito te a quedado!!!ReplyDelete
What a great idea! So cute! Love the fabric.ReplyDelete
What a brilliant and cute idea, I will be making some of these in the not to distant future (might have some done by next Christmas for stocking fillers) Also, thanks for all the pics in your tutorial!ReplyDelete
What a great idea. Have to make one.ReplyDelete
What a great idea!! I'll definately be making a few of these. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Great idea and excellent tutorial. Can't wait to make my own. Thanks for sharing your ideas.ReplyDelete
That is an adorable bookmark.Thanks for sharing your pattern..ReplyDelete
Brilliant idea! I will be making some of these for sure. Thanks Karen.ReplyDelete
I just made corner bookmarks myself on Monday. These are great! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I love it! Off to make one...ReplyDelete
How clever Karen! I can see how this little project would have taken a bit of trial and error to get it right, but I just love that there is no finishing work to be done! These would make wonderful little teacher gifts...so practical!ReplyDelete
Too cute, Karen :-). I can see a lot of these in envelopes to friends pretty soon.ReplyDelete
Great tutorial and wonderful idea for a little something to tuck into a Valentine's card!ReplyDelete
Karen, muchas gracias por el tutorial. El corazón está precioso. Excelente idea. Feliz semana!ReplyDelete
I love this, nothing to do today but make hearts...and think about the ones I love.ReplyDelete
Nice and cute tutorial. Thanks!ReplyDelete
LOve it Love It Love it...ReplyDelete
really like the last turn out that finishes the back pocket...I sew look foreward to your blog
Me gusta mucho es un regalo perfecto y te agradezco que lo ayas compartido!! un saludoReplyDelete
Cute!! Love it Karen thank you :)ReplyDelete
Another little addition that might work is just 2 or 3 lavender seeds inside the heart so when you close and open your book you get a little treat! :)
Happy New Year! This is an awesome project and perfect for a teacher gift for Valentine's Day that I've been searching for! Although, I may not make 75 of these for the faculty like I did the coasters - haha. I'll see how energetic I get. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
C'est une très belle idée pour des petites attentions. Merci. AmitiésReplyDelete
Clever, clever girl, this is delightful, thank you. Laura UKReplyDelete
Very clever!! I like!!ReplyDelete
That is PERFECT!!!!!ReplyDelete
And did I hear you say "for next Christmas?? Perfect for when you give a book as a gift???!!
(I am still in the - great ready for next year -mode!!)
Very cute, Karen! Where can I steal the heart pattern?ReplyDelete
Love it - and the photos make it SO easy to follow, thank you - going to try one todayReplyDelete
Thank you so much Karen-I do love to read,so do a lot of my friends-this will make a wonderful February 14 gift :)ReplyDelete
This is adorable and thank you for sharing. I can't wait to make it as Valentines favor's. Love all the pictures :)ReplyDelete
What a clever idea!! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you for this great idea. So quick and easy! Just the thing for a Valentine swap I'm in.ReplyDelete
Darling! Love all the pics....I need those too.ReplyDelete
Yea I was thinking it makes the perfect Valentine!ReplyDelete
Too cute, easy and quick. Thanks so much. Guess what I'm making for all my friends for Valentines Day?ReplyDelete
Very cute! Do you mind if I adapt your idea and create one for machine embroidery?ReplyDelete
I love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!ReplyDelete
Love it - Hearts, Books, and sewing what could be better? - At my house - there is nothing better. Thanks for this idea and tutorialreeReplyDelete
LOVE this!!! Off I go to shop the stash....ReplyDelete
Adorable and easy! I'm going to go try these tonight. Thanks so much for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
I pinned this... what a fabulous idea! I have boys in my house who love to read, and have a fish pattern ready to try. If it works out, I'll blog about it, and post a link here. :) My mom is also an avid reader. I'm planning on making her a purse (have the fabric... just need the time!!) and will make her a bookmark or two out of the extra fabric. So excited for this project! Thanks!! :)ReplyDelete
Great Tutorial, very easy and funny to sew, a nice present for me and my Love to crime books ;-)ReplyDelete
Silke from germany
Just made on out of scrap flag fabric for my hubby. Easy and your tutorial was.....AWESOME! thanks!ReplyDelete
bravo et merci pour ce tuto!! ce petit coeur prendra bientôt naissance dans le sud de la france!!! bisousReplyDelete
bravo et merci pour ce tuto!! ce petit coeur prendra bientôt naissance dans le sud de la france!!! bisousReplyDelete
I just love this!!ReplyDelete
Karen, would it be OK if I mentioned this post over on my own blog? I have made this heart for my DD and I know my readers will want to make one too. Of course I will link back here if it's OK with you.
I think I understand this project, but it would have been easier if you hadn't used three pieces of fabric that were all of the patterned fabric -- after all, this is a demonstration. If the smaller square had been of a contrasting fabric it would have been clearer.ReplyDelete
However, I suppose I'll muddle through -- this suggestion is for your future tutorials.
Thanks for the fun idea! I'm going to pass this along to my Mom. She is always making handmade gifts- AND she is an avid reader. She will probably make one of these for herself! Great way to use up scrapes of fabric!ReplyDelete
I've been making lots of these--thanks! I liked this so much I referenced this on my blog. Here's the link: http://fosterandboo.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-worms.htmlReplyDelete
What a cute idea!! I love the book mark!ReplyDelete
I love your heart bookmark. Great idea to put it into a b-day card to send an extra special thinking of you gift besides. I'm going to make a bunch for the future. Thank you, warm bee-hugs, Debby (Wisconsin)ReplyDelete
what a clever thing you are! i found you via pinterest. i need to make a bunch of these. they would make such sweet little gifties for friends!ReplyDelete
thank you so much
Oh my! This is like an answered prayer. I have been looking for a little something to do for my kids' teachers. My daughter likes to give to ALL of them, principals, counselors, etc. This is a great project as it won't break the bank or me--- and she can do some of the sewing! Yippppppeeeee!ReplyDelete
Preciosos estos marcapáginas me encantan y muchísimas gracias por estas explicaciones.ReplyDelete
Estupendo el tutorial.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I love it! I am just starting up a sewing group for 10 to 13 year olds and i think it is the perfect sewing starter project. Love it! thanks.ReplyDelete
Love the bookmark. I will be making several for holiday giving. Love your blog.I bookmark you, grab your button and put on my blog and listed in my good read list. You are batting a 1000. thank youReplyDelete
I was googling for fabric hearts and came across your post. This is just wonderful. A perfect idea and so pretty, too. Thank you for sharing.
Sew cute! Thanks for sharing and game time will be a perfect time to give this a try!ReplyDelete
Es un regalo lindísimo, muchas graciasReplyDelete
So cute and clever! Thank you for the great Valentine's idea!ReplyDelete
These would be great to make and donate to the library! I'm going to get started on them right away!ReplyDelete
Great Tutorial. Great little gift. Thank you. So clever. Have not tried it yet but with your instructions and pictures I can't wait. Thank youReplyDelete
I made these for my coworkers this year. They were a huge hit. Thank you for the tutorial. They are easy and a great way to use up my scraps.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! I made one and loooove it!!! Now my books will have love in it!!!ReplyDelete
Eliene Moronte ( http://www.lnmoronte.com/)
Just came across this post and no wonder everyone loved it! Thank you for sharing a tutorial and will keep on eye for your other posts. I like reading books and have a collection of bookmarks but now I'm thinking to try making one just like this. Let's see :)ReplyDelete
Great tutorial! Love all the pics as I'm more a visual learner! Thanks for the idea, perfect for a gift :)ReplyDelete
What a perfect tutorial!! thank you very much, I will make for my friends and family. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I am going to make 25 for a quilt retreat present to all attendees. Thank you for the clear instructions. AnaReplyDelete