DIY leather bookmarks

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After a busy year, I’m keeping this DIY super simple. It will make the perfect teacher gift or a handmade present for a fellow bibliophile. My son has his annual Market Day at school tomorrow – all items have to be home made, which I quite like. It’s a nice antidote to this digital age of plastic and technology. So we came up with an inexpensive idea for one of his items to make and sell, involving a bag of leather offcuts I bought from Woodheads Leather Merchants. Their bargain bins are filled with offcuts that you buy per weight. Rummaging through, we found the perfect inspiration for his Market Day item – rectangles of soft leather in colourful sorbet shades. Then we chose different coloured leather thong, sold per metre, and a roll of neon orange waxed cotton thread.

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We ‘bookmark’ aplenty on the computer. Now it’s time to bookmark your books for real. Continue reading to see how easy it is to make these leather bookmarks…

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you’ll need

  • rectangles of soft leather
  • a leather punch tool
  • eyelets
  • an eyelet/grommet tool
  • leather thong in various colours
  • waxed cotton thread

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Make a hole top and centre on the leather with the leather hole punch. Fit an eyelet into the hole and fasten it using the eyelet setter tool.

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Cut strips of leather thong and the waxed cotton to lengths of about 20cm. Double it up and thread through the ‘right’ way of the eyelet.

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Thread the ends through the loop in the thong/cotton and pull to tighten.

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Hey presto. In a matter of minutes you’ll have a pretty stack of handmade leather bookmarks to give to friends and family. Who doesn’t love a home made present?! It’s an easy DIY – my son helped me to make his bookmarks for his Market Day. Even Kipper got involved.

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all photography by Megan Smith

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