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Leather Corner Bookmark

Here's a novel idea for bibliophiles: a blanket-stitched corner bookmark slipped onto a journal or a new read.

leather bookmarks paired with books

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2020

Introduction

Learn how to make a blanket-stitched corner bookmark made from leather—it's the perfect handmade gift for bibliophiles since it can be slipped onto a journal or a new read. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of handmade gifts and handmade gift ideas for book lovers.

materials

  • Ruler

  • Pen or pencil

  • Leather (Furries Lambskin Buckskin, in White, Gray, and Taupe, $8.50 for 60 sq. in., furries.etsy.com)

  • Needle

  • Upholstery thread (Coats & Clark Extra-Strong Upholstery Thread, in Natural $3.50 for 150 yd., joann.com)

  • Fabric shears

  • Thimble (optional)

steps

  1. Using ruler and pen or pencil, mark 2 triangles on wrong side of leather, with two equal sides measuring 1 5/8 inches and a third side measuring 2 1/4 inches. Cut out triangles and place together, wrong sides facing in.

  2. Mark 6 holes on each short side of both triangles, 1/8 inch from edge, spaced 1/4 inch apart.

  3. Sew triangles together using a blanket stitch: Thread needle with an 18-inch piece of upholstery thread; knot ends together so thread is doubled. Starting at one corner, make a hole at first mark by pushing needle through both triangles, just far enough to go through, then pulling it back out. Remove top triangle, and push needle through hole in bottom triangle, wrong side to right side. Place the second triangle back on top, so knot is sandwiched between them. Wrap needle around to front and push all the way through first hole, pulling thread almost taut but leaving a small loop. Pull needle through loop and pull taught so that the stitch lies atop the leather’s edges. Continue stitching in this manner until you reach the last hole.

  4. To finish, bring needle through last hole on bottom triangle again, so needle and thread are between leather triangles. Pull needle under last stitch to outside of triangle. Cut and knot together ends of thread. Tuck in knot.

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