Bookmark pen holder – quick & easy scrap busting project

Hello, my crafty friends!!! I have a fun and quick project for you that requires a minimum amount of fabric! Better look for scraps because this is a perfect scrap busting project.
Do you like to read a book or take notes in your journal during travel? I do, but most of the time, I forget to take a pen/pencil with me, so I am forced to make notes on my mobile, which is not ideal. Hence the idea for today’s project, a bookmark pen holder. Having a bookmark pen holder is great not only because I can keep a spare pen with my book/journal, but also because I can mark a specific page I want to go back to. I know this is bad, but to remember where I have finished reading a book, I fold a page corner 😲. I have tried using bookmarks before, but I tend to lose them! Now I do not have to worry about it anymore!

I have created two sizes of the bookmark pen holder, small and large. I keep the smaller one with a book with two frixion pens, so if I want to mark something specific in my book, I can easily erase it later. The larger size can hold up to five pens which is fantastic if you want to keep various colours.

There are also two options for the closures. You can either use a press snap, which is my prefered option because it is more secured, or add a loop. You could also try magnetic snap, button, Velcro, elastic and more! Whatever option you choose, make sure that the fabric is stable enough so it will not break during use.

An elastic on the back makes it easy to wrap the bookmark pen holder around a book/journal.

Since all edges are left raw, I highly recommend using a non-fraying fabric for this project, such a cork, vinyl or faux leather. If you prefer cleaner edges, then why not try to use an edge coat.

If your fabric is lightweight or very drapey, cut two pieces and glue them wrong sides together. For medium/heavyweight fabric cut only one piece, but I would advise stabilizing the area around the press snap.

Depending on the size of your pen/pencil you might need to make the bookmark pen holder wider/longer, so cut the pattern pieces in half and add the extra amount that you need.

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Video tutorial available on YouTube

To make the bookmark pen holder first download the pdf pattern (link above), then head over to my YouTube channel so you can watch the tutorial and sew along with me!!!

I would love to see your versions of the bookmark pen holder so don’t forget to tag @allsewpetite #allsewpetite on social media and if you haven’t done so already join the Allsewpetite – makers group on Facebook.

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