A Book-Lover's Dream: DIY Monogrammed Bookmarks

If you like big books and you cannot lie, then you need to get your hands on this fat-tasseled, fringe-covered bookmark, stat. The faux leather material feels luxe (while also being totally vegan-friendly), and a sweet, gold foil monogram makes it extra personal.

DIY Monogrammed Pleather Bookmarks

What You Need

  • 1.66 MM faux leather fabric sheets
  • Spray matte finish acrylic sealer
  • Embroidery floss
  • E6000 jewelry and bead adhesive with precision applicator
  • Gold foil alphabet stickers
  • Awl
  • Scissors

1. Prepare the Tassel

To start your tassel, you'll need to form the loop where the tassel will hang from the finished bookmark. Cut a small piece of pleather roughly half a centimeter wide and 1 centimeter long. Add a drop of glue to one end of the pleather and pinch both ends together, creating a loop.

After setting aside your loop to dry, cut a strip of pleather roughly 4 inches long and 2 inches thick. I applied a piece of painter’s tape to the pleather and used it as a guide to cut out a straight line with a consistent width. This piece will roll up to become your tassel.

But first, it’s fringe time! Apply a strip of painter’s tape to the pleather so that it covers about a centimeter of the material. Then, use a scissor to cut up to the start of the painter’s tape. This will ensure that the fringe looks uniform.

2. Roll It Up

Once you cut the fringe into the tassel, apply a line of E6000 glue near the uncut edge and glue the little leather loop into the corner. Pro tip: Using a strong glue with a jewelry applicator tip will help with precision and prevent a sticky disaster!

Tightly roll up the pleather to create the tassel, and let dry.

3. Create Your Bookmark

Now we move onto the bookmark itself. Making it is easy — just cut a piece of pleather that’s the width of a strip of painter’s tape (a little under 2 inches) and roughly 7 inches long. Then, use a strip of painter’s tape as a guide to cut a little fringe into the bottom of the bookmark.

Slowly push the awl through the top center of your bookmark. This will be where your tassel attaches.

4. Add Embroidery Floss

To attach your tassel to your bookmark, you need embroidery floss. I made my floss and tassel the same color, but feel free to mix and match here. To create the tassel string, thread the embroidery floss through the awl hole and knot it.

Now pull each end of the embroidery floss through the tassel’s loop and double-knot it. Trim any excess thread.

5. Make It Yours!

I used sans serif, gold foil letter stickers for a modern monogram look, but feel free to experiment with script letters or extra thick fonts, which are easy to find in lots of colors.

To create the monogram, simply apply the sticker near the top of the bookmark. To make sure it stays in place, apply a thin coat of matte finish acrylic sealer in a well-ventilated area (I opted to take mine outside and spray it on a piece of cardboard).

Once all your glue is dry, you're ready for your next page-turner!

December 28, 2018
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