Handmade bookmarks are a great gift for the avid reader and a creative project for the maker. This is a guide about bookmark craft ideas.
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Someone in the ThriftyFun Community submitted a tip on how to make wallpaper bookmarks.
I didn't have any construction paper so I used part of a manila file folder for the back of the bookmark. I found the Catholic prayer on a website and printed off a copy, then followed the rest of the instructions of how to make the wallpaper bookmarks.
By MCW from Lewiston, NY
Approximate Time: 1.5 hours
Before I get started, know this:
I make almost all of my projects in double thread and a larger hook. For this reason, my work will appear larger than yours, so don't go by the photo as much as the pattern. Also, I didn't have any orange so this will also alter the look of my bookmark.
Each leaf is about 1 and 5/8 inches wide and long. Your finished piece should be approximately 2.5 inches wide and 9.75 inches long.
For the first and all leaves
Ch. 7, sl st in seventh ch from hook to form ring.
Row 1: Ch 5, sc in second ch from hook and in each of next 3 chs: in ring work (1 sl st, 1 sc, 1hdc, 9dcs, 1 hdc, 1sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, turn: sk first st and sc in hdc: work (ch 1, 2 dcs in next dc, ch 1, sc in next dc) five times.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn: sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, (dc in next dc, ch 1) twice, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in sc: *ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, work (1 dc, 1 tr) in next dc, ch 1, work (1 tr, 1dc) in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next sc: rep from * two more times: sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1 (dc in next dc, ch 1) twice, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, fasten off.
All Remaining Leaves:
With next color, ch 7, sl st in seventh ch from hook to form ring.
Row 1: Ch 5, sl st in top ch-1 space of previous leaf, sk first ch of new leave and sc in each of the next 4 chs, sl st in ring of new leaf: in same ring, work (1 sc, 1hdc, 9 dcs, 1 hdc, 1 sc).
Repeat rows 2 and 3 or previous leaf.
Make the next three leaves as above.
Join border color of your choice (Note: I didn't like that the edging was the same color as the leaves, so I made mine blue).
Join on top of ch 1 sp on top leaf with a sc, ch 7, sc in next point of same leaf, ch 6, sc in next point of same leaf: (ch 6, sc in next point of new leaf, ch 6, sc in next point of same leaf) four times.
Ch 7, sc in end of stem, ch 7, sc in next point of same leaf, and continue as above to the joining point. Join with sl st.
Sl st in ch-7 sp, ch 2, work 7 scs in ch-7 sp: (ch 3 work 7 scs in nest ch-sp) around, ending with ch 3, sl st in first ch of beg ch-2.
Ch 4: *sk 3 scs, sc in next sc, ch 1, sk 3 scs, work (3 dcs, ch 2, 3 dcs) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, rep from * nine more times, sk 3 scs, sc in next sc: in ch-3 sp, at end of stem, work (ch 1, dc) six times, ch 1, rep from * ten times: sc 3 scs, sc in next sc: in last ch-3 sp, work (ch 1, dc) five times, ch 1, sl st in third ch of beginning ch-4. Fasten off.
If you are a novice crocheter, this pattern might not be the place to begin. There are a lot of nice bookmark patterns that are basically just super short "mile a minute" patterns with easier to follow instructions.
Seasoned vets' will look at the pattern and be able to make it with out the instructions. I did, but I have been doing this for 52 years.
By Sandi from Coos Bay, OR
Help kids prepare for the new school year by making this quick and easy cow bookmark!
Approximate Time: About 1 hour
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
3 sizes of shamrocks ready for sharing of the green.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
Large: worsted weight yarn
size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Medium: sports weight yarn or size 3 thread
crochet hook size F (4.0 mm) for yarn E (3.5 mm) for thread
Small: Size 10 thread
size 7 (1.5 mm) steel crochet hook
Large = 2 by 13 inches
Medium = 1 5/8 by 13 inches
Small = 1 by 12 inches
Ch = chain
Tr = treble crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sc = single crochet
1. Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2. I tried to find size 3 crochet thread in a good green, but it must not be the right season for "Christmas" green. So I settled for RH sports weight in Paddy Green. If you can find it, the cotton works up much nicer.
Chain 4, join with a slipstitch in first chain to form a ring.
Work over the yarn tail as you work into the ring. *Ch 3, tr, dc, tr, ch 3, slip stitch in ring. Repeat from * twice. (3 leaves)
Ch 40 (S), 55 (M), 70 (L), sc in the 10th ch from hook to form ring. *Ch 4, skip 4 chs, sc in next ch. Repeat from * until 5 chains remain, sc in last chain.
Weave in ends.
Cut 6 strands of thread about 6 inches long. Fold in half and draw loop through the ring at end of tail with a crochet hook. Draw the loose ends of the strands through the loop and pull them down tightly to form a knot. Trim ends of tassel evenly.
If you used cotton thread or yarn, you probably want to block. Mix 1 part vinegar with 5 parts water. Wet the bookmark with the vinegar solution. Squeeze out excess and lay on a towel. Shape the shamrock and tail, allow to dry.
By Suzetta from Bellingham, WA
Felt mittens make handy bookmark.
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Here are questions related to Bookmark Craft Ideas.
I am looking for a crochet pattern for a book mark that fits on the corner of the pages.
kddid from Springfield, MO
By G J Amber 09/06/2008
I know we hate it when people answer our questions with something else, but I did want to point out that from my experience the large loops that you put over a book with some cute thing at the bottom, works the best for me. The corner ones would not stay on and got bumped off very easily. The ones I prefer are also called book thongs. The added nice thing is that you can just slip them over your wrist when you start reading and then slip them back over the book when you are done. No searching to see where you put the bookmark.