Making a Fabric Book Page Weight

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February 3, 2013

Bookworm page weight on open book.I was trying to read a book while eating lunch a bit ago and was having trouble keeping the pages open. I searched around the house for something to weigh the pages down and ended up using my cell phone. That was when I decided it would be fun to make some page weights for future use. I tried two different motifs: a carrot (my favorite) and a bookworm. This project shows how I made them and includes a couple of tips about some problems that I had to resolve along the way. Hope you enjoy!


Total Time: 2 hours approximately to complete both


  • cotton quilting fabric scraps from stash
  • 2-3 sheets recycled printer paper
  • 1-2 pieces recycled cardboard packaging, such as cereal boxes
  • pen
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • sand or other filling
  • felt, two colors of green
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • tiny button


  1. First I sketched the outlines for my two shapes on recycled printer paper.
  2. Cut out sketches of two layered carrot top and root.
    Paper cutouts of carrot top sketches.
  3. When I was satisfied with them I traced around the paper templates onto the cardboard.
  4. Carrot root template before adding seam allowances.
    Larger back layer of carrot top transferred to cardboard for final template.
    Front layer of carrot top transferred to cardboard for final template.
  5. I added the seam allowance to the drawing to create the final cutting template.
  6. Cardboard carrot top and root templates.
    Template with seam allowances added.

  7. During the original assembly process I determined that the worm was not large enough and had to remake the template, as shown in photo.
  8. Original and final bookworm template.
  9. Now trace your template on the wrong side of your fabric and cut it out.
  10. Carrot weight fabric pieces with right sides together.
  11. Next, I basted the bookworm and carrot root pieces together. Place the fabric with right sides together, baste. I basted along the 1/4 inch sewing line to make the machine stitching step easier.
  12. Basting bookworm.

  13. Sew the fabric together, leaving an opening for adding your sand or other filler.
  14. Stitched bookworm before turning right sides out.
  15. Turn right sides out.
  16. Carrot weight after stitching and turning right side out.
  17. Fill the worm with sand, turn in seam allowance along fill opening, and hand stitch closed.
  18. Finished bookworm weigh filled with sand.
  19. Cut the carrot tops from your felt. (Note: I if were to remake this weight, I would leave a longer base on the two leaf sets, so that they extended further down into the carrot root.)
  20. Both layers of carrot top cut from felt.
    Felt carrot top pieces with smaller one over the larger, taller one.

  21. Fill carrot and insert top into fill opening. Turn in seam allowance and stitch closed. I hand stitched and then ran this opening through my machine to ensure a tight closure.
  22. Optional: I chose to add an eye, using a tiny button glued in place.
  23. Button glued on as eye.

You could also make your carrot template longer so that the weight extended closer to the page sides or even beyond, similar to the bookworm. We learn as we go:)

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