Crochet A Bookworm Bookmark

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Crochet A Bookworm Bookmark

Crocheting A Bookworm – An Easy Gift For Book Readers

bookworm1I know lots of people who read real books and not the electronic kind. One of the things book readers love and never have too many of, are bookmarks. If you’re like me, sometimes I have two or three (or more!) books going at the same time.

These cute little bookworm bookmarks are easy to crochet, cute as a …well, worm…and are welcomed as a gift. My grandkids even had to have one, and they love their electronics. One of the girls wears it in her hair, so you get the picture of their versatility and uses!

These crocheted bookworms are simple and easy to make, even for someone who is a crochet beginner.

On this page I will share this pattern and tell you how you can use it at a flea market or bazaar to increase your sales.

All Photos Are From Family Album *All Rights Reserved* Do NOT copy.

Cute Little Bug Eyed Worm – Makes A Great Bookmark
This is one that I kept for myself because I favor the color red.


I made several of these in lots of different colors, but I feature this one because it is particularly striking with the red color and the black and white bug eyes. You can make the tail as long as you want it so it works for big or small books. Also the pompom of the end of the tail is not necessary, I just like it that way. Skip that part if you like.

Good Item For Craft Fairs and Bazaars

How To Draw A Crowd To Your Booth

bookworm3Here’s the story of making money with Crocheted Bookworms. A few years back, a friend and I rented a booth at a Craft Bazaar to sell handmade things. We were looking to make a little extra money for Christmas.

She sews and makes some beautiful things. I’ve never been one for sewing and it’s frustrating for me. But give me yarn and a crochet hook and by golly, I can turn that into something special.

I had a number of large crocheted items for sale at the booth, but the thing that brought the people into our area in the first place, was a big basket of cute rainbow colored bookworms staring out at the crowd. People flocked in to the booth and bought other items, and in addition, almost every one of them bought at least one bookworm. We more than made enough Christmas money that day. So if you’re looking for a project that’s quick to make, cute to see and draws a crowd, this Crocheted Bookworm is just what you need.

Be sure to display them so people can see their little “bug” eyes. See the pattern below for crocheting details.


What You Need to Make Crocheted Bookmarks

1 skein yarn of your preferred color
1 Size H Crochet Needle
Bug eyes (available at Craft Stores)
Craft glue (Elmer’s is fine!)


  1. Make a chain approximately 12″ long (longer if you are making this for a large book.)
  2. When chain is desired length, turn. Yarn over the hook and put hook into second chain from hook. Draw the skein yarn through 2 loops and then through the remaining 2 loops on the hook. Do this same procedure 5 more times in the same chain.
  3. Go to next 5 chains and repeat the above procedure, putting 6 double crochet stitches in each chain. As you crochet you will notice the corkscrew begins to form, and that’s what you want to happen.
  4. When you have completed this you will have 36 stitches total for the body of the worm, leaving a long chain.
  5. Slip stitch the last of the corkscrew stitches to the chain and fasten off.
  6. Weave the remainder of the yarn back through the body of the bookworm and into the chain.
  7. If a Pompom is desired for the end of the tail, find a good stiff piece of cardboard and wind the yarn around it (don’t pull too tightly) several times. Clip, then run a short piece of yarn under the wound yarn and tie off very tightly. Slip the pompom off the cardboard. Trim so that all the pieces are the same length. Tie this Pompom onto the end of the tail of the Crocheted Bookworm.
  8. Make two small dots of glue on what will become the eyes of the bookworm and press one of the bug eyes firmly into each dot. Allow to dry thoroughly before using.

Cute, Funny and Useful

Whether it’s a grown up or a child, they’ll love these bookworms. They work well, cost practically nothing to make, and cause smiles no matter what book they lurk in. Try ’em out, see what you think.

Cute Note To Attach To Bookworm Bookmark

I wrote this on a little note, used a single hole punch in the corner and attached it with a snip of yarn to the base of the worm. It’s very cute to give to someone who’s a shut-in, or who just reads a lot of books.

I am a funny bookworm,

I work so hard you see,

I mark your place,

Put a smile on your face,

Every time you read.

~ Nancy Hardin

You may use this if you like on any you please.

Other Bookmark Patterns

If my little bookworm bookmark is not to your liking, perhaps you might like other patterns for crocheted bookmarks. Granny squares make a nice bookmark, and other patterns are nice for bookmarking too. I happen to like the bookworm because it’s cute, and it doesn’t have a thick substance to damage the book when it’s closed.

How To Crochet A Corkscrew

This video shows how to make a corkscrew – This is similar to the Crocheted Bookworm body.

This technique is similar to the one I will give you to make the Crocheted Bookworm. The only difference is she is making just a corkscrew like a decoration for another purpose. If you are making the bookworm bookmark you will want to make the beginning chain longer or shorter as the size of books differ. Make a fuller body by using the double crochet stitch. The corkscrew should curl naturally. When you have the bookworm’s body the size you want, simply fasten off and work your yarn end into the body of the worm.







Nancy Hardin is a highly experienced writer and author. A retired journalist, she is also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a wealth of experience in many fields. In addition, she is a retiree veteran, having spent many years in the Women’s Army Corps. She is also an experienced ghostwriter and you can see more about her skills at the The Writers’Door. You can visit Nancy’s website here and discover more of her work at this site.

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  1. Thank you very much for the directions. My dog, Kevin.
    is a therapy dog and we go to many libraries and the
    children read to him. They will absolutely love receiving these great bookmarks.

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