How to make a corner bookmark…

October 7, 2009 39 Comments by Kirsty

bookmark

x marks the spot
Magnetic Corner Bookmark
a tutorial

Gather your supplies:
Embroidery floss, scrap cardboard (a used cereal box is ideal), calico, scissors, craft knife, needle, fade out marker, adhesive backed magnetic tape.

Step 1:
Take a deep breath…there’s a bit of maths here.
Prepare your templates.
Cut a 13cm (5.1 inches) square from scrap cardboard
Cut a right angle triangle measuring: 7.5cm (2.95 inches) x 7.5cm (2.95 inches) with a hypotenuse of 10.5cm (4.13 inches).

Step 2:
Cut your magnetic tape to fit & stick it to the triangles so that they come together neatly. Set aside for later.

Step 3:
Using your square template as a guide cut out your calico. Leave a seam allowance outside the template of approximately 1.5 cm (3/4 inch).

Step 4:
Press your calico square around your cardboard template.

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Begin by pressing the corners as pictured above.

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Next press each of the sides as pictured. This removes a lot of the bulk in the corners & will keep the folds nice & neat.

Step 5:
Remove the cardboard template & fold the square in half to form a triangle.

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Press. Fold in half again & press.

Step 6:
xtemplate
Print this template or just trace/draw your own “x”.

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Unfold your pressed triangle & positioned it right side up. Whip out your fade out marker, check your folds carefully & mark your “x” where you would like it positioned on the face of the book mark. You need to make sure that you mark your “x” in the left hand (or 9 o’clock) triangle of your square. Just bear in mind that the centre seam will run parallel to the spine of the book.

Step 7:
Stitch your “x”. Gift…use a speedy stitch like running or back stitch.

Step 8:
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Once you’ve finished stitching your design place your work face down on the ironing board & repress the folds.

Step 9:
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Position your triangle shapes (magnet side down) inside the seams & fold in half.

Step 10:
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Pin to secure.

Step 11:
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Running stitch along each of the short sides of your triangle.

Step 12:
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Once you’ve completed the running stitch – make the final fold & remove your pin. Now blanket stitch the short side closed to form your “cuff”.

You’re finished & ready to gift.

Would you like the premium how to? There are lots more images, printable templates & some extra tips too. All for less that the price of a coffee & delivered to your inbox. CDs & kits also available – over here.

37 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Too clever! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. Rachel (Heart of Light)
    5 years ago

    You're so smart! I think I'll be tucking a couple of these in my Christmas stockings this year.

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  3. Amanda
    5 years ago

    Wow you are super efficient girl…..Thanks for the tute…

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  4. One Flew Over
    5 years ago

    Cleverness central…thanks for another great tutorial!

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  5. Holly
    5 years ago

    Fantastic, thanks Kirsty! I haven't even thought about a hypotenuse since high school! 

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  6. Maggie
    5 years ago

    Hi, thanks for the great tute. I think I'll have to make one of these for my husband who fries my brain when he folds the corners down on books! Anyway, when I do, I thought I might glue two little flat magnets to the cardboard and the bookmark would have a little extra grip.

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  7. Melissa
    5 years ago

    This is a great idea!  I am always the person who bends the corner of the page.  I have been trying to stop.  Something as cute as this might help me remember!

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  8. Virtually Sally
    5 years ago

    I'm going to make one for my partner for Chrissy – he'll LOVE it!
    Thanks heaps for the idea + the how to :)

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  9. Gina Denholm
    5 years ago

    Lovely. I think I'll have to make one or two of these for all the book lovers in my life! Thanks.

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  10. Nima
    5 years ago

    that you for sharing this tutorial….great

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  11. gret
    5 years ago

    Yay!.  You're a clever one you are!

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  12. Kylie
    5 years ago

    So cool! Thanks for this :) K

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  13. Nikki Cardigan
    5 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together Kirsty and for sharing what's in your brain!

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  14. Jennifer Rose
    5 years ago

    very helpful, thanks :)

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  15. Lisa
    5 years ago

    Oooo you are clever, your just showing off now!! fab!

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  16. Sarah Cass
    5 years ago

    This is such a great idea.  I've literally been thinking about it since when you posted pictures yesterday.  I want to make these for Christmas presents for everyone I know.  So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    5 years ago

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  18. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Oh man – this is brilliant!! Thank you!

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  19. buttontreelane.blogspot.com
    5 years ago

    Sorry! That was me. Different computer, and no idea how to log on to JS kit.

    Michelle

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  20. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    great tut, very nice and simple..I may even be able to make it :)

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  21. Corrie
    5 years ago

    cute! must make one for my  nana! she tells me off for cornering pages even on magazines I give her! she says its the one thing she remembers from school !

    Corrie:)

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  22. Salihan
    5 years ago

    This is wonderful! My family lives overseas and sending gifts to them is expensive because of postage. These would make wonderful unisex presents for them and won't cost me an arm and a leg on postage. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  23. Melanie Gray Augustin
    5 years ago

    Very cool!  Thanks for the tute!

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  24. Rachel
    5 years ago

    This is beautiful! I love how it looks when the book is closed, really lovely. Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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  25. Kathleen
    5 years ago

    Great idea!! I think my daughter will want to make these for her teachers for Christmas!! Thanks!!

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  26. Lorene
    5 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for posting this!

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  27. Tashano
    5 years ago

    <span>very helpful, thanks :).</span>
    Tashano.

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  28. Alison
    5 years ago

    I LOVE this!!!  I currently have a piece of toilet paper (clean) marking my place in the book I'm reading.  Let's face it…a few minutes here and there in the peace of the bathroom is good reading time for me!  :)  Anyway, I must make one of these!!!  AWESOME idea.

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  29. Dagmar
    5 years ago

    That's a very clever idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    5 years ago

    LOVE this!  we'll be linking!

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  31. Sonya
    5 years ago

    What a terrific idea!  I've got to make some of these for myself and for gifts.  Thanks so much for posting this!

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    5 years ago

    <span style="text-decoration: underline;">It is STUPID</span>

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  33. LUBY Emy
    5 years ago

    superbe idée, merci de toutes ces explications
    amitiés, Luby

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  35. Jane Jeffress Thomas
    4 years ago

    "Ask and it shall be given" is certainly true. I had asked earlier of you could make a tutorial and sell it and lo and behold I kept reading and came across this post. Thank you so much.

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  36. Sandra
    3 years ago

    Love this…great gift for book club buddies. Thanks for the post. Going to pin it!

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  37. Moustache
    10 months ago

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!{!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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