I recently came across a leather artisan who was selling leather scraps and scooped up a bunch for crafting. I couldn’t wait to use some in a project, and what better medium to use for gifts for dads? With Father’s Day in a couple weeks, now is the time to get crafting some handmade gifts. These leather bookmarks are perfect for all the dads you know who love to read. I don’t know about you, but around here the bookmark of choice for Dad is an envelope or cash register receipt. These can style things up a bit.

Make Leather Bookmarks for a Father's Day Gift by Francine Clouden for @makeandtakes.com

Supplies for Leather Bookmarks:

  • A piece of leather at least 10″ x10″. You should be able to find leather at major craft stores, or you can upcycle an old jacket or purse.
  • A rotary cutter and self-healing mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • Large metal eyelets
  • Hole punch and Eyelet setter – I used my Crop-a-Dile
  • Sewing machine with heavy duty needle meant for denim or leather
  • Coordinating thread for stitching.

Make Leather Bookmarks Supplies

Step 1: Cut out your pieces

1. Measure and cut out four pieces of leather measuring 2″ by 8″. I drew cutting lines on the back of the leather to help guide my cuts.

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Use your metal ruler and rotary cutter to cut the pieces out, making sure to use your self healing mat to protect your table.

Then cut two 1/4″ strips, each about 10″ long

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Step 2: Shaping the bookmarks

For the notched bookmark, draw a line 1.5″ from the bottom. Mark a dot in the center of the line, and draw diagonal lines from the corners as shown.

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Repeat on another bookmark piece and cut out the triangular bit as shown.

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For the fringed bookmark, first clip two pieces of leather right sides together. Draw a line two inches from the bottom, and use as the guide for cutting the fringes, about 1/4″ wide.

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Step 3: Sewing the bookmarks.

With wrong sides together, use your sewing machine to carefully stitch the pieces of leather together as shown.

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I had a hard time keeping them from slipping, so I used my rotary cutter to cut off extras, and even up the sides once stitched.

Step 4: Finishing

Punch holes at the top of bookmarks, and use the Crop-a-Dile to set the eyelets

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String through leather strips and tie

Leather Bookmarks for a Father's Day Gift by Francine Clouden for @makeandtakes.comAll done!

Leather Bookmarks for a Father's Day Gift by Francine Clouden for @makeandtakes.com

Make Leather Bookmarks for a Father's Day Gift

Make Leather Bookmarks for a Father's Day Gift by Francine Clouden for @makeandtakes

I’m sure all the book loving dads (and grandads) would appreciate these. Older children can definitely help to make these with you, and you can turn out quite a few in a single afternoon.

And now, I’m off to make myself a bright yellow one for my own books!