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See the Miscellaneous section for more instructions, hints and tips.

When one bookmark is not enough, this is the way to go.

Bookmarkers are handy for use in school books, catalogs, nature guides, and the Bible. It is also handy for marking songs or readings in church books. They also make great gifts for mothers, grandmothers, or anyone who enjoys reading.

Use it to mark pages you frequently reference or to mark several important pages in a book.

These are really easy to make.

The leather needs to be thin so that it doesn't take up too much room in the book. It only needs to be about 1/4" to 1/2" wide and 4" long. The size is not that important. The leather can be found in craft stores. But you may be able to get scrap for free from businesses that make or repair leather furniture or customize vans or airplanes.

You can also use a piece of fancy ribbon instead of the leather. Make it about 6" long.

The ribbon needs to be 1/4" wide and long enough to extend several inches out the bottom of the book. If you make them 18" long, that should be long enough for almost any book. You can always trim them shorter. Use different colored ribbon to make the bookmarkers easier to use. Four to six ribbons should be enough, but if you need more use a second bookmarker in the front of the book.

To make the bookmarker, cut the ribbons to the desired length.

Apply glue to the top 1/2" of the right hand side of the back of the leather. This will place the ribbons closest to the binding of the book.


Line up the ends of the ribbon and apply glue to the end 1/2" between each of the ribbons.

Press the ribbons together so they neatly stack up and then press them onto the back right side of the leather.

You don't have to, but it is best to clamp it together. Use stiff plastic (a bottle lid works well) on the side with the glue. If you use something flimsy it will stick to the glue and tear. Clamp with paper spring clamp, 'C' clamp, vise, or even a heavy weight.

Let the glue dry and carefully remove it from the clamp so you don't pull the ribbon off.

To use the bookmarker, place it inside the back cover of a book. The ribbons can then be used to mark the pages desired. Trim the ribbons to the desired length.

To open to a marked page, slide the ribbon to the outside edge of the book and open it. If you try to open the book while the ribbon is near the middle of the book, it will be much harder and may rip the bookmarker or tear a page.

For a thick book like the Bible, you may want to use one bookmarker in the front and one in the back of the book.

Since the bookmarkers are not part of the book they can easily be moved from one book to another.

You might be interested in making a leather bookmarker


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