Quick & Simple DIY Macrame Bookmark Ideas

A Collection Of Free Bookmark Patterns For All Ages & All Skill Level Crafters

DIY Macrame Bookmark Patterns

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Bookmarks are an essential tool for avid readers as they help never lose track of the reading material. Plus, they can make a cute accessory to the favorite books on the shelf. For all those who are keen on literature, we have compiled a beautiful collection of 10 handmade macrame bookmark crafts. Whether you want to make one for yourself or plan to gift it to someone special, we are sure you will find something that peaks your interest.

Here, you will find all sorts of different patterns, from simple macrame knots and designs to more advanced and sophisticated knotting techniques. All the projects you see below are quite easy to make and they are suitable even for complete beginners and children. Therefore, even if you have never tried macrame art before, do not worry. You will also discover information on preferred supplies, with 100% natural macrame cords made of cotton or hemp topping the list due to their remarkable properties. Exceptionally durable and equally flexible, these types of cords are ideal for knotting. They are gentle on the hands, making them a perfect craft material for kids.

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1. Hemp Cord Macrame Bookmark For Beginners

Create this super easy handicraft in just about 30 minutes by following the instructions posted by our Creatively Beth. Hemp cord used here is 100% natural, eco-friendly, and made with AZO-free dye. The cordage is polished, meaning stray fibers are eliminated and strand consistency can be maintained during the crafting process. About 1mm thick, this hemp cord is perfect choice for macrame, jewelry making, scrapbooking, crochet, and so on.
Hemp Cord Macrame Bookmark For Beginners
Simple And Elegant Macrame Bookmark By Mei Kwee Chong

2. Simple And Elegant Macrame Bookmark By Mei Kwee Chong

For book lovers who want to try macrame techniques and craft a stunning bookmark by themselves, check out this project by Koel Magazine. It is a perfect DIY craft for those who have never tried this knotting technique before, as it is fairly easy to recreate. With just a few supplies and instructions, you will be able to make this unique piece for yourself or book lovers in your life.

3. Stylish DIY Bookmark for Novice Crafters 

This amazing, elegant bookmark makes a perfect gift for someone important in your life who likes to read books. This is a budget-friendly project, as the only supply you will need is a cotton cord. For full video instructions on how to make it, watch the video tutorial. What is even better about this activity is that you can use this same knotting pattern to create one-of-a-kind bracelets or keychains.
Stylish DIY Bookmark for Novice Crafters
Diamond Pattern Bookmarks

4. Diamond Pattern Bookmarks

Visit Love to stay home website for directions on how to make a diamond pattern bookmarker. It is fairly easy and quick to reproduce, as you will need to recreate only a few basic macrame knots, with very little cord. For this project, you can use a 4mm cotton rope, for example. 

5. Marking Tool With A Tassel 

This lovely creation from Trini ID is made of 100% cotton rope. The natural feel of recycled cotton introduces a dash of elegance and beauty to the book you are reading. This is a perfect gift for students, bookworms, and teachers, but it can also be used as a wedding favor or party favor. Classic, intricate pattern is mixed with the tassel that adds an amusing flair to the design. Check out the full video tutorial.
Marking Tool With A Tassel

6. Two Color Bookmark For Beginners

Get creative and try crafting this two-color pattern piece by Macrame School. These gorgeous diamond designs can also be used to make bracelets, straps, wall hangings, shelves, and so on. For details on how to create this dual-color handicraft, watch this step by step video tutorial.

7. 3 Designs For All Skill Level Crafters

Crafted by Ceri has instructions on how to reproduce these macrame projects for 3 different competence levels, from the simplest to the most advanced. For the easiest project you will be using basic knotting techniques, and for the most advanced one you will be using classic knotting techniques. All 3 designs are created by making a knot called a square knot.
3 Designs For All Skill Level Crafters
Boho Style Book Accessory

8. Boho Style Book Accessory

This particular item is created completely of basic, beginner-friendly macramé knots. The marker from Creative macrame ideas is made with 100% natural hemp yarn, a premium quality product for eco-friendly crafting. Hemp fibers are known for exceptional strength, durability and sustainability.

9. DIY Macrame Tutorial For Real Beginners 

We are sharing a video guide from Migo Creates that is aimed for true beginners. If you have never tried this technique before, don’t worry. Using just cotton cord and beads, in under half an hour you can have this bookmarker completed without too much effort.
DIY Macrame Tutorial For Real Beginners
DIY Tassel Fringe Book Marker

10. DIY Tassel Fringe Book Marker

In this video by Macrame School you can find the instructions and learn how to make a beautiful macrame bookmark with tassel fringe and some beads as embellishments. You will master some basic knots resulting in a unique pattern you will love. Perfect for beginners!

The History ff Bookmarks

The earliest records of bookmarks date back to 6th century AD in Egypt. It was made of leather and it was attached to the cover of codex. Throughout history, its name hasn’t changed as much, however the weight of the marking tool used to be quite heavier back then. In the 15th and 16th century, a variety of new styles have been introduced, from silk ribbon, paper, cord, embroidered, and so on. Modern-style bookmarks appeared in the 18th century when people began reading more. They were designed as detached-style items, as we know them today.

If you're interested in creating a one-of-a-kind bookmark by yourself, grab some cord and follow our instructions above.

Have Questions About Macrame? We Have The Answers!

1.  How do I secure the cord for knotting?
Before you start your project, it is important to secure the cord since it has to be fastened while you are working. There are two methods you can try, based on your personal preferences and the nature of the project. You can either work vertically or horizontally.

If you prefer to knot vertically, it would be best to hang the cord by a loop or dowel and fasten it to a chair, a doorframe, or a rack. Find a place of suitable height so it does not put too much strain on your wrists and arms while you work. If you feel any type of discomfort, make sure you take a break or find a different place to work. 

If you wish to work on your project horizontally, try clipping it on a clipboard, hooking it around a table leg, or fastening it to any surface with masking tape. Once you have secured the cord, you are ready to begin work.

2.  What are the most common macrame knots?
If you are just starting out on this macrame journey, or if you want to practice your skills, you may need to familiarize yourself with different types of knots that are used for macrame crafting. Before you start your project, learn more about the most common knots, such as lark’s head knot, half square knot, square knot, spiral knot, half knot spiral, gathering knot, half hitch, double half hitch. For images and instructions on how to create specific knot styles, visit 7 simple macrame knots you should know.
3.  What are some basic macrame supplies?
It is important to read through the instruction for your project in order to acquire all the necessary supplies. Here, we will list some of the most common supplies that are typically used in macrame DIY crafts. Basic macrame materials usually involve macrame cord (hemp, cotton, embroidery floss, nylon, clothesline, etc.), sharp scissors, measuring tape, and additional supplies (dowels, beads, rings, keychains, paper clips, embellishments, etc.)
4.  How do I wash and care for my macrame handicraft?
In case there is very little or no dirt at all, use mild soap and water to gently clean the affected area and then leave to air dry. Make sure you do not rub too hard when washing in order not to loosen up the knots. If you want to wash it thoroughly, you can put it in the washing machine, at gentle cycle (30°C). Always use a mesh bag for sensitive items when machine washing. You should also clean the handicraft regularly by wiping it off with a damp cloth and shaking off the dust from time to time. If the knots do loosen, you can try tightening them by pulling the thread while holding the knot between fingers.
5. How do I choose the right cord for my craft?
One of the most important things in knotting is what kind of cordage you are using. When it comes to cords, there are two different options: natural fibers and synthetic fibers. Natural fibers are usually earth-friendly and include materials such as hemp, cotton, or wool. Synthetic fibers are acrylic, nylon, or plastic and are mostly used for outdoor projects.
6. What is the best thickness of cord for bookmark crafts? 
If the instructions of your project do not clearly state the recommended thickness of the cordage, you should aim for the cord diameter of 3mm to 6mm. For smaller items preferred thickness is between 0.5mm and 2mm.