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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How to Make Pen-Holder Felt Bookmarks

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These Felt Bookmarks will be the envy of classmates this school year. Not only do they hold a pen or two, they are banded bookmarks that never fall out of your book or planner. They're fantastic for students who never want to lose a pen. Attach one to a planner to keep the day's place. See how simple it is to make these felt bookmarks below.

Felt Bookmarks
My kids always manage to lose a pen here and there. But, I'm here to change that this school year with these nifty (banded) pen-holder felt bookmarks. They are a beginner-level sewing project that can be created in less than 10 minutes. This also makes these a great back-to-school gift idea for teachers, too. See how to create these nifty felt bookmarks below.


I post a lot of printable bookmarks here on I Should Be Mopping the Floor, but this felt one may be my all-time favorite bookmark (and it's not even of the printable variety). Its double-functionality is something that makes my heart go pitter-patter. Once your bookmark is securely holding your place in your book or planner, slide your favorite pen inside it for safe keeping.

Fabric Bookmarks

Pens for Your Felt Bookmarks

After you get your fun new bookmark in place, you're going to want an awesomsauce pen to slide right inside of it. I've talked about these pens on here before (I use them for sewing and embroidery because of their magic powers). But, my kids love them for school...because they're erasable (even on fabric). 

Pilot Pens
FriXion Pens from Pilot Pen are my longtime sewing companion (you'll see why in the below series of photos). I use them to mark patterns as well as trace out embroidery designs (as you can see in my Apple Hoop Art for Teachers). They're really awesome for quilted projects, too, (I showcased them in my quilted table runner tutorial).  

Besides sewing and embroidery, these are just all around great pens (my kids love them). They're the #1 selling erasable pen brand in America, for good reason. There are also loads of color options to choose from. Writing with them is so smooth and dreamy thanks to the gel ink. And if you make a mistake, your eraser has your back. Grab these FriXion Pens from Pilot Pen over at Michaels (more on that below). Since my husband is an educator, we were able to use our 15% Teacher Discount that Michaels offers right now, as well. And I was also able to try out the highlighters, which my high schooler quickly snatched up!

Sewing Pens
In today's tutorial for felt bookmarks, I use the FriXion Pens to mark start and stop intervals on my felt and elastic pieces. And the magic? These pens erase with the steam of my iron once my stitches are in place. Amazing. Check out above how my iron erased the ink clean off of the felt in the above photos (and that's felt, y'all...imagine how clean it comes off of cottons and linens). 

Bookmark Supplies

Supplies for Pen-Holder Bookmarks 

  • 12" squares of stiff felt (stiffer felt holds its shape better in this project)
  • coordinating thread
  • knit elastic (I used the following sizes; this is total preference, but the 3/4" is a bit easier to take on and off of a book or binder)
    • 1" x 3 yards
    • 3/4" x 3 yards
  • standard sewing supplies:
    • pins
    • sewing machine
    • iron/ironing board
    • scissors
    • ruler (a quilter's ruler works well for this)
    • FriXion Pens


Planner Bookmarks

How to Make Pen-Holder Felt Bookmarks

  • Based on the book you'll be using your bookmark with, measure your length of elastic (as pictured above). 
    • For our planners, we used 20" of elastic.
  • Wrap your elastic around your planner and allow for a 3-4" overlap. Mark your overlap and pin in place.


Sewing Elastic Felt Bookmarks
  • You'll be sewing the elastic into one continuous circle, sewing on the overlapped part of the elastic.
  • I sew a rectangle on the overlapped part with a bit less than a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Use a basic stitch for this and a small backstitch at the start and stop of your rectangle. 


Cutting Felt Bookmarks

  • You'll cut your felt strip(s) next. This is where the 12x12" size square of felt really comes in handy.
  • Your strip for one bookmark is 12" by 1 1/4".
  • Fold the cut strip (pictured above right) with a 2" flap at the top. Iron the fold so it holds until you sew the piece together. 

Making Felt Bookmarks

  • It's helpful to mark where the 2" spot is on your strip of felt (as pictured above). 
  • You'll be able to erase the mark with the steam of your iron later (when you use the FriXion pens). 


Sewing Felt Bookmarks

  • Have your sewn elastic strip ready to go (you can see the rectangle I sewed on it to attach it to itself in figure 1). 
  • Have your marked felt strip ready.
  • Lay your felt strip onto your elastic piece over the overlapped part (this will hide the overlap a bit).
  • Sew the felt to the elastic strip using a basic stitch and starting and stopping with a small backstitch. Again, sew a rectangle (pictured in step 3) to attach the two pieces. You will do this with the felt opened up (you're sewing on the "inside" of the pen's pocket on the bookmark). Be careful not to sew above the area where the bookmark's front flap will lay.
  • Close the front flap of the bookmark over the area you just stitched (step 4, above).
  • Sew a continuous stitch around the perimeter of the bookmark (be careful not to sew it shut, though). See how I did this in step 4 (I used pink dash marks to illustrate where to sew). Start and stop with a small backstitch and use a basic stitch.


DIY Pen Bookmark
Once you're done, slip your bookmark onto your planner or book and insert your pen. Above is the version using the larger piece of elastic.

FriXion Highlighters
The FriXion Highlighters are great for studying and planners, too.

College Planner
The FriXion Pens are wonderful to use with a student planner (or any type of planner, really). All of the fun colors make it enjoyable to create a vibrant-looking schedule or task list.

Pens at Michaels
Don't forget to grab your FriXion Pens from Pilot Pen at Michaels. From FriXion Clicker Pens, ColorSticks, and Colors Marker Pens, you can write and create to your heart's desire! The ultimate creative spot (pictured above) is the marker aisle. You can find both individual as well as packages of the FriXion Pens.

FriXion Pens
Don't forget to check the end cap displays for even more FriXion fun at Michaels (as pictured above). Check out even MORE pens, fun, and even a 40% off coupon here on the Michaels site.

Banded Bookmark

Looking for More Fun Bookmark Ideas?

  • These handmade bookmarks over at Tatertots and Jello are super cute and a great alternative if you don't sew.
  • And these Origami Bookmarks from Madison Home are seriously adorable. 


Bookmark Patterns





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