Make an Adorable Cross Stitch Bookmark
Are books your life? Do you dive into a new adventure every time you turn the page? Why not cross-stitch a bookmark to save your place for when you just have to put that book down. This is a quick and easy tutorial that is perfect for teaching someone how to cross-stitch.
For this project you will need:
- Aida fabric (the sample above uses 16-ct)
- Cross stitch pattern
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery floss
- Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting board
- Fabric glue or fusible interfacing
- Thin satin ribbon
Cut the Fabric and Stitch Your Design
Choose a pattern for your design that will be suitable for a bookmark.
To match the bookmark in this tutorial, cut the fabric to 3" x 6-1/2".
Stitch four sets of hearts, working with DMC 353, 352, 351, and 349.
You can make your bookmark any size you want, and you can customize the size to fit your pattern. To determine the size you should cut your fabric, decide the width of your finished bookmark, and then cut the fabric twice that, plus 1/4".
For example, on a 1-1/2" wide finished bookmark, cut the fabric 3 1/4" inches wide. Cut the Aida to the length you want your bookmark, including the fringe.
After you cut the fabric, center and stitch the design.
Clip any stray floss ends from the back of the stitching.
Make sure the front of the design is neat and there are no loose stitches.
Fold and Iron the Cross Stitch Bookmark
Fold the extra fabric on each side of the bookmark to cover the back and overlap a small amount. Make sure that you center the design exactly on the front. An easy way to do this is to count the Aida squares on each side of the design to be sure they match
After you fold the sides in, iron the fabric to form the bookmark shape.
Fringe the Bookmark Ends
Create a fringed edge for your bookmark by removing as many rows of woven threads from the Aida fabric as you'd like.
The sample has a longer fringe at the bottom than at the top, but you can make them the same if you wish.
If you want to ensure that the fabric doesn't unravel more than you want, use a small amount of fray preventative on the back of the fabric. Alternatively, you can stitch a line of backstitch or running stitch one square above the fringed edge with floss the same color as the fabric or the stitched design.
You can use this same technique on the ends without creating the fringe for a straight-edged bookmark.
If you want to make your bookmark with even weave linen instead of Aida cloth, create a fringed edge with simple stitches that prevent further fraying.
Glue and Finish the Bookmark
Keep the back of the bookmark from flapping open, with fabric glue, fusible interfacing, or a similar product. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the product you choose.
When gluing, use a small amount close to the edge. If you use too much glue it will soak to the outside of the fabric and ruin your design. It may also cause the fabric to curl as it dries.
Finish your bookmark by covering the raw fabric edge. Cover the seam with a thin piece of satin ribbon glued in place.
Put Your Cross Stitch Bookmark to Use
Place your bookmark between layers of wax paper in case there's any exposed glue. Then rest some heavy books on top to keep it flat while it dries.
Once it's finished, your bookmark is ready to hold your place when it's time to put your latest book down.
Of course, a project like this also makes a great gift. Because this cross stitch bookmark is quick and easy, you can make them for friends and family, mail them along with cards, or tuck them inside a book you're giving or lending.