DIY Bookmark With Book List Pocket: +10 Extra Design Ideas

DIY Bookmark template | Bookmark with a "book list pocket" | Teal NotesOn any given year, how many books would you say you read?

If you’ve answered ZERO for any one of your recent years then you’re not alone. It can be hard to start and stick to reading habit. Because it feels like something you HAVE to do instead of GET to do.

And today I finally finished creating my bookmarks with a ‘book list’ pocket. And I must say, just looking at them makes me want to get back to reading (currently reading Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist).

As usual (hey, I love my job) I had a ton of fun creating and making many versions of this bookmark until I got it juuuuussssssttt right.

And now I’m excited to share it with you too!

DIY bookmark with list pocket

The first thing I had to get right for these bookmark templates was the size for each part of it and making sure it all lined up.

When you download your template below (the download comes with all three patterned templates so you can pick your favorite) you’ll see that each template comes with two pages.

When you go to print, make sure you’re printing both pages double sided, so you end up with one cardstock template that’s patterned on both sides.

Once you cut out the template it’s pretty self explanatory. You simply have to fold it in half and then fold in the flaps and glue (more details on how to do that below!)

DIY Bookmark template | Bookmark with a "book list pocket" | Teal Notes

[ingredients title=”Supplies”]
  • Sturdy cardstock
  • Yarn in your favorite colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • A printer
  • A hand held hole puncher
[/ingredients] [directions title=”Directions”]
  1. Download the printable template file below (it will come with all three different bookmark patterns and pocket insert)
  2. Open file with Adobe Acrobat Reader (It’s a simple PDF reader) and select the pattern you want to print out
  3. When printing make sure you print out both pages (front and back) double sided on your cardstock
  4. Then cut out and fold template in half and then fold flaps inwards so as to glue them on and create a type of ‘pocket’
  5. Use a hole puncher to hole punch the top of your bookmark. Notice I didn’t add a marker for where you should hole punch your bookmark. you can do it in the middle or off the corner. It’s totally your call.
  6. Create your bookmark tassel (learn how to create homemade tassels here) and thread through your hole punch
  7. Print out the ‘books I’ve Read This Year’ insert on cardstock double-sided, cut it out, and stick it inside your newly formed bookmark pocket
  8. And you should be left with a bookmark where you can list ALL the books you’ve read for the year!


DIY Bookmark template | Bookmark with a "book list pocket" | Teal Notes

You can either choose your favorite template to make or make all three of them and hand them out to your friends (or your book club).

My personal favorite template is the swatches template, because it looks like I took a paintbrush and decorated the whole bookmark. But really I created the pattern from scratch on Illustrator.

More DIY bookmark templates

DIY Bookmark Free Template

If I were to go on a bookmark making spree and create all the ideas floating around in my head…well there wouldn’t be any space to put them all.

A fun future version of this type of bookmark with a different spin would be cool to create. Now that I think about it I’m sure I could create a ‘holiday themed’ bookmark and put out the free template for that! Wow, ideas, ideas! They never stop coming.

How did you like the bookmark? I’d love to know in the comments. But first, I thought I’d round up a batch of other creative bookmark ideas made by other creatives.

More DIY bookmark ideas

If you’re looking for more craft ideas, here are a few more of my favorite handmade bookmarks to check out from around the internet:

Corner bookmarks

Corner bookmarks are a genius way to keep your place in a good old book. I wish I would have come up with the idea myself. This version of corner bookmarks is seriously cute with a kawaii inspired look.

Pom pom bookmarks

To create some kickass pom pom bookmarks, you’ll want to have yarn handy. I like using a pom pom maker to create pom poms of all sizes. It always makes the process easier and less messy.

​Origami bookmarks

When I was younger I used to love origami, though I never really learned how to create it properly. Origami bookmarks are a great idea though.

Bookmarks made out of paint chips

Paint chips are useful in more ways than one. Making a bookmark out of them is a pretty useful one. This idea is gorgeous and you can make it in just a few minutes.

Ribbon bookmarks

Ribbon bookmarks look really fun to make. It’s also a great chance to create a bookmark out of ribbon you might have lying around. All you’d need to add is a big enough paper clip.

Washi tape bookmark

I love anything you can make with washi tape. The good thing about washi tape bookmarks is that they’re super easy to make and not messy at all.

Floral watercolor bookmark

You can’t go wrong with watercolors, and as a bookmark craft, it’s no different. If you’re looking to get your summer reading in, consider creating your own watercolor bookmark to keep you motivated.

Unicorn bookmark

This unicorn bookmark is absolutely gorgeous! It’s such a creative bookmark idea and you only need some yarn, some cardboard, and a pair of scissors. You can find the step-by-step tutorial here.

Macrame bookmark

This macrame bookmark is absolutely gorgeous. Tassel bookmarks are some of the prettiest ones you can make. Not to mention it would make a great gift, or even something you can make and sell on Etsy.

Crochet bookmarks

So you probably didn’t see this one coming. But did you know you can crochet bookmarks? Honestly, you can pretty much make bookmarks out of anything: duct tape, gift tags, fabric scraps, craft sticks. You name it, you could probably make your own bookmark out of it in 10 minutes. They would make great gift ideas for a bookworm to read their favorite book.

More Ideas on Teal Notes

DIY Fruit Bookmarks With Free Printable Template

These fruit bookmarks were absolutely fun to make and are bursting with color. If you’re a book lover it’ll definitely be worth putting this DIY bookmark template together. And it also comes with free templates!

DIY Feather Bookmarks With Free Printable Template

I’m not quite sure how I came up with this idea but once I finished a few bookmarks I new I had to put them up on the blog. With a free template, you can easily put together your own paper bookmarks in no time.

Easy DIY Galaxy Bookmark With Free Template

If you love all things outer space then you’ll love putting this free printable bookmark together! It also comes with, yeah you guessed it, a free printable template.

DIY Paper Clip Bookmarks

I made these handmade paper clip bookmarks out of some ribbon I had leftover from other DIY projects. Once you curl up with a good book, you can just grab one of these cute bookmarks to never lose your place. Find the tutorial over on the blog post.

DIY Tasseled Planter For Your Indoor Plants

Need to vamp up a boring planter? All you need are tassels. Lots of colorful ones. I’m pretty pleased with the results, and its still a planter I keep on my desk!

DIY Popsicle Garland

Garlands are an easy way to decorate for a small party, especially when you can just print out a template you can cut out and put together in no time. Check out the blog post for the free download.

Canvas Painting Ideas: 35+ Beautiful Ways To Make Wall Art

If you’re looking for awesome canvas painting ideas, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most creatives ones to serve as inspiration for your own. Painting is a great way to de-stress, and you don’t need to be a genius to do it well.

How To Make Sugar Scrubs

I went crazy creating and experimenting with a ton of different sugar scrubs and documented the whole process. One of my all time favorites is the creamsicle sugar scrub I created with real oranges. But you’ll have to check that out on the blog for more!

DIY Tiered Succulent Planter

This gorgeous succulent planter can add a whole new spin to your succulent collection. And you don’t even need much to put it together. I go through the step-by-step process over on the blog post.

Free Printable Measuring Charts

Printables are a great way to decorate your space, especially when you create a useful one. This measurement printable chart helps you remember basic kitchen measurements you’re bound to need at some point.

How To Make A DIY Printable Planner

If you love paper crafts, you’ll love learning how to create your own DIY planner. Sure, you could just buy one off Amazon, but what’s the fun in that? Learn how to customize and create your own planner pages with this guide.

2 thoughts on “DIY Bookmark With Book List Pocket: +10 Extra Design Ideas”

  1. Hi I love this bookmark idea, I found it looking for bookmarks I could make as Valentine’s for my kids whole class. That said, I don’t want to use up that much ink printing the pattern. I was wondering if there is a way to print just the template on preprinted scrapbook paper? Even better would be able to print then cut them on a cricut, then I could personalize them with names & have them done relatively quickly. Sadly figuring out how to do all that is above my skill level! Any help or ideas would be much appreciated. P. S. I just found your blog & I am in love ♥️

Leave a Comment