It had been a while since I’d made any new bookmarks, (or done any sewing, for that matter,) so I pawed through my fabric stash over the weekend and turned out a new model, using this tutorial.
I’ve seen corner bookmarks around a lot in book photography, but I’ve never used one, and I was curious. Would I like them better than the more traditional style?
Short answer: no.
The tutorial was easy to follow, and the finished product only took me fifteen minutes. I have no issue with the construction of the bookmark, and since there are a million cute fabrics out there to choose from, this style of bookmark definitely gets a high score for customization and Aesthetic Potential™.
But it’s bulky. Even made from my thinnest quilting cotton and thinnest interfacing, it’s still kind of huge.
Here it is, being shown on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I grabbed two books off of my unread shelves mostly for the color coordination, but they make decent example cases. Perks is a smallish, but not mass-market, paperback. Its pages are flimsy, and the weight of the bookmark, which seems like nothing on its own, is way too much for these pages to handle.
Okay, so how does it hold up on a standard hardcover instead? Flight Behavior makes it look great on the open page–the size of the bookmark is far more suited to a larger book. Inserting a single page into the corner, even with the heavier, higher-quality paper, still seems risky, but wrapping the fabric over a thin sheaf of pages instead seemed to work well.
I thought this was going to turn out all right in the end–I could certainly reserve this bookmark for hardcovers only. Then I did the book-in-the-purse test several times; most of the books I read will travel with me somewhere.
This bookmark failed miserably. It came off when I put the book into my purse. It came off when I lifted the book out. It came off when the book was jostled around inside the purse as I moved.
The extra thickness separates the pages so much that mere friction won’t hold the bookmark on against the forces of gravity or agitation.
Conclusion: it’s adorable but impractical.