Magnetic Bookmarks with Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty.

Today we have a guest who’s new to The Southern Institute, although she’s not new to me!  You might have followed me over to I’m Feelin’ Crafty awhile back for the Charlie’s Soap Container project.  If not, then get ready to meet a wonderful blogger, Louise!  I’ll let her tell you how we “met”…

Hey there! I’m so excited to be guest posting over here at The Southern Institute today. I found this wonderful blog when I saw her super easy cape project. Of course I tried it and it turned out wonderful, but the more important thing is I started following her blog and somehow found she also has a soft spot for the same laundry detergent that I use. We started emailing, become ‘blog’ friends, she shared on my blog, and now I’m honored to be invited here to share. Yes, it all started with super hero capes and laundry detergent!

Today I wanted to share my tutorial on a magnetic bookmark. I saw something similar and in good Feelin’ Crafty fashion, I said, ‘I can make that.’ So here it goes!

Step 1: Materials:
Scrap Fabric
Sew-In Magnets (or any magnets will work really, but I like the sew-in ones)
Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter

Step 2: Make the front and/or back. For mine, I did a patchwork side and a one piece side. So Step 2 is to set up the patchwork side. Lay it out and sew it together. So if you want to do the patchwork piece, this step is for you. If not, it’s kinda like the choose your own adventure books (remember those as a kid??) move on to Step 3.

Step 3: Cut the front and back sides to both be 2.5” by 6”.

Step 4: Sew pieces together, right sides together, leaving about a 1” hole.

Step 5: Trim the corners and pull the ends through.

Step 6: Now that it’s right side out, iron the seams flat.

Step 7: Insert the magnet. I try to keep it on one side of the stitch allowance so that it fits down at the bottom just right. Also, don’t forget to make sure that you have your magnets facing right before you sew it closed! You don’t want the magnets to repel each other, because that won’t help you save that special page you were reading.

Step 8: Topstitch. Another tip… The magnets liked to attach themselves to my sewing machine and not let the ‘teeth’ pull the fabric through. So I try to remember to hold the magnet up a little bit as it gets close to the metal teeth on my machine. So, if you are using the sew-in magnets, the magnet will be sewn in while you are topstitching. If you have a regular round craft magnet, you’ll want to also topstitch just above the magnet to keep it in place.

Step 9: wahlah! You’re done! Turn off the sewing machine and pick up a book. You will no longer have to try to remember where you left off!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you over at I’m Feelin’ Crafty soon! And thank you, Jenny, for having me!

Thank you, Louise!  I love this project!  We are big readers in our family and this is just the thing we need.  I’m adding it to my ever-growing list of “must do” projects!  

Make sure you visit I’m Feelin’ Crafty and show some love to a fellow blogger, you won’t be sorry!  Have a great day!


  1. Anonymous says:

    The photos aren’t showing up. :-(

  2. I’ve had a couple of comments saying that the photos are not showing up in this post, but they are loading fine for me… I’m looking at them right now. I’m not sure what to tell you, except that they take a little bit longer to load. I’m so sorry if they are not loading for you, but since they are fine on mine I don’t know what I can do about it. :(

  3. Jorgelina says:

    Pics showing for me, only that they take a while to load and if you scroll too fast it looks as if they weren’t there

  4. Anonymous says:

    May 12, 2012
    Your photos don’t show up for me, on my iPad.

  5. I’m so sorry if the photos aren’t showing up… unfortunately there is nothing I can do. They load fine on my computer, though some are finding that they take a bit of time to load.

  6. Paige Walker says:

    Is it ok to sew these on a computerised machine? I have heard that you should not put magnets near such machines as they can interfer with the computer side of the machine.

    • Jenny Yarbrough says:

      Oh wow, that’s a good question! I would not risk it. You might want to call the manufacturer to be sure.

  7. Megan says:

    I couldn’t find a button to email you directly, so I’ll ask here and hope you see it soon! Where do you get your sew in magnets? I’m hoping to make a bunch of these bookmarks as favors for a book exchange party this weekend, so I need to be able to find these magnets in a store instead of ordering them online. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  8. Geri says:

    Very cute, will make some for myself and 10 yo granddaughter and for gifts. Thought though of making a small “Pocket” on the bookmark then inserting magnet, then hand stitching to finish. Just a thought, will be trying this later. Thanks for the idea


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