Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Any time I’m in a secondhand shop, I always peruse the linens section- and not just for vintage bed sheets, I swear! Every now and then, I’ll happen across some vintage embroidery- perhaps a table runner, or napkins…or some other piece that is too precious to pass up.

Vintage linens for repurposing /

Vintage pretties, on the cheap.

But many of those thrifted embroidered treasures have not aged well…be it stains or holes.

Vintage linens for repurposing /

…and that’s why they donated it to Goodwill.

Even with those flaws, though, I still feel compelled to purchase them even if they simply get stowed away in a plastic bin for who-knows-how-long. Because, really, what am I going to do with something moth-eaten and threadbare?

Well, I’ve finally figured out a way to salvage some of the pretty embroidery while avoiding the blemishes…by making heart-shaped bookmarks! They are like little page pockets that the corner of a page can be slipped into, marking your place…weighing down a recipe page…or just a sweet way to revive the prettiest of needlework!

The secret to making a page pocket is the 90° right angle at the bottom- to fit a book page just perfectly. So, to create my pattern/template, I simply used a piece of paper so that the right angle part was done for me! Add to that a ruler, pencil, and scissors, I was ready to start. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposing vintage linens into page pocket bookmarks by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s do this!

With my piece of embroidered linen laid out in front of me, I placed the sheet of paper over the embroidered section I wanted to salvage…right next to a large hole.

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Determining the pattern/template…

I could feel the embroidery under my piece of paper and marked with a pencil on each edge of the paper to denote the size bookmark I wanted to make. Using a ruler, I adjusted my markings ever so slightly to make them even (in this case, 3 ⅛” up from the corner), and then sketched the rounded tops of a heart.

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Bookmark Heart is traced.

Then, I cut out my heart shape, rounded the corners just a tad and pinned it to my embroidery.

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My heart pattern with the 90-degree bottom.

I used my heart-shaped pattern in two places on my piece of embroidered fabric and cut out two individual hearts.

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Time to cut out the embroidery bits!

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Two hearts that will create a pocket…

To add body to the fabric (it was vintage linen, after all), I pinned my fabric hearts to some stiff interfacing and cut out matching hearts.

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Firming up the fabric…

I stitched each heart to its matching interfacing on my sewing machine, and then put the two hearts together, with the interfacing sides facing each other, and pinned them together.

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Ready to finish this up!

Back to my sewing machine! But I only stitched the two halves together along the straight edges…creating a wide-mouthed pocket…and carefully pivoting at the bottom of the heart to keep my right angle straight.

When all was said and done, I had a sweet little bookmark…and my book page fit perfectly in the little pocket!

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Ta-da! An unusually-shaped, but doubly effective bookmark.

Vintage embroidery bookmark pocket by Sadie Seasongoods /

Sweet little bookmark on my great-grandfather’s 1882 copy of Walden.

I know it may seem like a lot of work for a bookmark- I mean, we’ve all used receipts, gum wrappers, and expired coupons as bookmarks, right? But for those of us that want to salvage pretty embroidery, it’s definitely a worthwhile effort…plus, the page pocket can weigh down pages in cookbooks to keep them open to the recipe you’re interested in. Bonus use!

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  1. Sweet idea

  2. Oh I LOVE this! Such a great idea! I’ll have to snoop around our linen closet and see if there is anything I can use to make some!

  3. The sewing pixie says

    What a lovely idea,i love to use old and damaged embroideries but never thought of this.Thank you.

  4. This is such a clever idea! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  5. This is such a great way to use those dainty handkerchiefs and what not! I love antique shopping and DIYs, so this might have to be my next project.

  6. I have a few of these lying around, I should send them to you as I am talentless at a sewing machine! Lovely idea.

  7. Fonda Rush says

    Pretty! And definitely worth the effort!

  8. So sweet! I love vintage embroidery.

  9. swatkins827 says

    Creative way to use less than perfect embroidery! Love the idea. PINNED!

  10. Beautiful idea , I was wondering if the fabric would fray so have you thought of using iron on interfacing or stiffener ?carmel

    • Daisy Debs says

      Yes I,d be worried about the fabric fraying too.
      It does look so pretty though and I might have a go ….maybe machine zigzag stitch around the edge or embroider a button hole/ blanket stitch edging around the edge : ) Thanks for sharing this lovely idea !

  11. I absolutely LOVE these page pockets! I have a lot of old linens and doiles but no way to get to my sewing machine. I don’t even like to sew anymore after 30 years of doing it! Are you going to sell these in your shop?!

  12. very sweet indeed,glad you took the time to show us how you did it

  13. Jann Olson says

    Love this sweet idea! I’ve made some cute hearts out of vintage linens, but I love this pocket! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. This is such an adorable idea! Thanks for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty and I hope you’ll link up with us again next week!

  15. These are gorgeous! I love vintage pieces. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday:-)

  16. This is precious. I love saving old embroidery. Thanks for posting. Hello from Idea Box Thursday.

  17. These are beautiful! And I have to admit, I’m one of those people that uses the expired coupons…guess I should take a little time and make something like this. Thanks for the idea and sharing it with Inspiration Thursday! See you tomorrow!

  18. marriannad says

    Excellent and innovative idea! I would never have thought of this. You are a genius. Since this is my first visit to your blog, I don’t know if you just got a new sewing machine or have rediscovered your love affair with your sewing machine. And, yes, I too love my sewing machine even though I don’t spend as much time playing with her as I used to.

    • Thank you so much! I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half, but have just had my sewing machine since this past Christmas! I have another sewing project coming live on Tuesday- I hope you’ll come back! 😀

  19. Adorable!! I may be biased as a librarian, but I LOVE this project!! 😀

  20. That’s the sweetest upcycle I’ve seen, great idea – Chris 😀


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