When you want to use your scrap fabric stash, our stacked hearts bookmark is a great sewing project to make for yourself or as a gift! Use our free pattern to make these DIY bookmarks in 15 minutes or less!
This is a great sewing project using up scrap fabrics. I used denim fabric from old jeans to make one of my bookmarks. The other bookmarks used small pieces of material that I had from other sewing projects.
It took me about 10 minutes to make each bookmark after I had decided which fabrics to use and in which order to use them. I think choosing the fabrics took the longest amount of time!
Feel free to use decorative stitching or traditional straight stitching on your sewing machine. I tried a zig zag stitch as well as a straight stitch. I also tried hand sewing with embroidery floss and all methods worked great.
This sewing pattern is just one of our many Valentines Sewing Projects to enjoy!
How to Sew a Stacked Hearts Bookmark
Watch me make this bookmark in my YouTube video below.
- Free Heart Pattern Template
- Scrap pieces of fabric or denim
- Ribbon (optional)
- Disappearing fabric ink or chalk
- Sewing Machine or Hand Sewing Needle
- Pinking Shears or Scissors (I used these pinking shears)
- Interfacing (optional)
Download, print, and cut out the heart templates. There will be two different sizes of hearts to choose from, but only use one size for each bookmark.
Trace the heart pattern on your chosen fabrics. You will want two heart cut outs for each heart, for a total of six heart cut outs.
Cut out the heart pieces using pinking shears around the edges. I traced the pattern piece on the fabric with a disappearing ink pen and then lined up the edges of the tips of the pinking shears with the traced pattern. So I didn’t cut on the pattern line, I cut just outside of the traced line.
Pinking shears aren’t necessary, but they are a sewing notion that you definitely want to add to your sewing kit! Your fabric may fray more easily if you use a straight cut with traditional fabric scissors.
Optional: If you would like to stiffen the heart bookmark, you can add interfacing to your fabric before sewing. However, I did not use this method and I found that the bookmark was not too flimsy.
For the top heart, put the two fabric heart pieces together with right sides facing out.
If you would like to add a loop or hanger on your bookmark, insert that between the two layers and pin in place.
I used a piece of ribbon folded in half for two of the bookmarks that I made. For the denim hearts bookmark, I cut a piece of the hem of the pants to insert as a bookmark handle.
Be sure to insert the ribbon far enough inside the heart so that your stitching will secure it in between the layers.
Stitch around the entire heart. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
In my three different heart bookmarks that I made, I used a zig-zag stitch, a normal straight stitch and hand stitching for three different looks.
Place the top heart in between the two layers of the middle heart. Position the heart low enough so that when you sew around the edges of the middle heart the stitches will secure the top heart in-between the layers.
Sew around the edges of the heart.
Place the top two stacked hearts in between the layers of the bottom heart, just as you did in Step 3.
If you would like to add ribbons hanging from the bottom of the bookmark, place the ribbons in between the layers and pin together.
Sew around the edges.
Iron your bookmark to remove creases and to flatten the fabric.
See how I sew this heart bookmark in my YouTube video tutorial:
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