How to sew a heart-shaped bookmark

Learn how to sew a heart-shaped bookmark for a fun Valentine's Day sewing project. Use fabric scraps for this cute beginner sewing project.

I love reading. I might even love it more than sewing! I hope to encourage my children to love reading, so any little fun thing I can do helps them.

For Valentine's Day which is approaching, I made little heart corner bookmarks. They can use them and remember that mommy loves them and they (hopefully) love reading!

What fabric should I use to make a bookmark?

The best fabric to use for bookmarks is quilting cotton. It's easy to find, easy to sew, and it's available in every print and color imaginable. Since these bookmarks are small, you can use all your favorite fabric scraps!

How to sew a heart-shaped bookmark

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How to sew a heart-shaped bookmark

How to sew a heart-shaped bookmark

How to sew a heart-shaped bookmark


  • Quilted cotton fabric scraps
  • Remnants of lightweight interface
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Cut four 3.5 inch by 3.5 inch squares of fabric for each bookmark you will make. Cut two squares of iron-on interfacing of the same size.

I made both sides of the hearts the same color and the backing the same color.

cut out squares of fabric and iron-on interfacing

Apply the interfacing to 2 of the fabric squares: one to a heart piece and one to a support piece.

fabric interfaced fuse

On the back of the uninterfaced heart piece, draw the top of the heart. I made a modular heart shape.

draw the shape of a heart upside down

Pin the heart pieces right sides together with the drawn side facing you.

pin the heart pieces right sides together

Sew the top of the heart, but not the bottom two sides.

sew the top of the heart

Cut the seam allowance at the top of the heart to reduce the thickness. Clip it on the inner point of the heart.

cut the fabric and attach to the tip

Turn the heart right side out and carefully pierce the ends.

turn right and highlight points

Press the hearts flat.

press flat

Sew the top of the heart to keep it secure and look nice.

topstitch the top of the heart

Pin the heart to the corner of the interfaced back. See how the heart will be in two seam allowances, but will stay outside the other two seam allowances? This is the shape and location you want.

pin hear in a corner

Place the remaining square on top, right sides together. Pin all layers together.

Sew around the square, pivoting at the corners with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch hole for turning and backstitching when you start and when you stop.

sew around the square and leave a hole for turning

Cut corners to reduce clutter.

cut corners

Turn the bookmark right side out and bring out the corners. Press the bookmark flat.

Stitch around the edges to close the hole. Make sure you don't sew over the heart. You need to detach the top of the heart to use it as a bookmark. You have finished!

sew around the edge to close the hole and tighten the edges

If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!

How to sew a heart-shaped bookmark

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