Qatar Sewn Bookmark Flag {Tutorial}

We crafted this sewn bookmark that looks like the Qatar flag on day 29 of our Ramadan crafts challenge, as we learned about the country of Qatar today.

Now seemed like a great time to continue our quest to learn about all the different countries in the Arab League. We settled on Qatar, which became a member in 1971.

Qatar (Arabic: قطر‎‎) is located in Western Asia, on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is boarded by Saudi Arabia to the south and surrounded by the Persian Gulf.

The capital is Doha and a popular tourist spot is the Khor al Adaid (“Inland Sea”), an area of rolling sand dunes.  To see other stunning spots visit Qatar the beautiful.

The flag of Qatar is maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side. It was adopted on September 3, 1971 and is the only national flag having a width more than twice its height.

The shade of Qatar’s colored portion is referred to as ‘Qatar maroon’. The history of purple dye in the country dates back several centuries. The white portion of the flag symbolizes the peace procured from signing anti-piracy treaties with the British.

We made the flag into a bookmark by sewing rick rack onto a piece of felt.


Rick Rack
Thread and sewing machine

We know that the flag has 9 white points, so we made our white rick rack a little longer for the overage and then cut it off. We then cut the felt fabric to the size of the nine points.

We sewed two rows of  white rick rack and then added the red.

We folded over the extra overhang and sewed the edge clean, cutting off any extra fabric.

Now our bookmark is ready to hold our place in one of our favorite books!

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.