Many bookworms have probably encountered a similar issue when marking a page in a good novel… Dog ear or bookmark? Maybe a piece of scrap paper or an old business card? Whether you’re an avid reader or you know someone who loves to read, a personalized bookmark is more than a functional gadget, it’s a special addition to someone’s favorite book. Plus, there are not many things better than getting cozy with a good story and a bookmark meant just for you.
In the Hoop Embroidery Bookmark Tutorial & Video
By the end of these 10 easy steps, you’ll have created the perfect embroidered gift (or maybe save it for yourself).
Click the video below to watch an easy-to-follow bookmark tutorial you can follow if you prefer.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your bookmark:
fusible no-show mesh backing
water soluble backing (dissolve-away/ wash-away)
pre-wound bobbin to match the outside border color of the bookmark
Fabric: Light weight canvas, heavy cotton or twill
Step 1: Fuse no-show mesh to your fabric
Take the fabric you want to use for your bookmark and lay it so that the wrong side is facing up. You’ll also want to iron down the fabric first so that it lays completely flat onto your surface.
Place the fusible no-show mesh backing onto the fabric with the fusible side down. Iron the two pieces together.
This will be the decorative front of your bookmark
step 4: Load the b file and sew out the back of the bookmark
Here, you can add lettering or customize however you wish.
Step 5: Remove your hoop and carefully cut out the front and back of your bookmark
Cut as closely as you can to the outside edge without cutting the stitches.
Step 6: Secure your tassel to the bookmark
Take the back of your bookmark (maybe it has a name embroidered on it) and lay the embroidered side down on a table. Use a small piece of invisible tape to secure your tassel to the bottom-center of the design. Make sure to leave enough space between the tassel head and the embroidered border.
Step 7: Use adhesive spray to stick your bookmark pieces together
Take adhesive spray and spray the back of both pieces of your bookmark. Then, carefully line up the bookmark pieces and stick them together.
Step 8: Run the placement line for your bookmark
Take a piece of water-soluble backing and hoop it into a 5”x7” hoop. You’ll also want to change the bobbin in your machine to a bobbin that will match the outside border color of your bookmark. Use the “C” file and run the placement line for your bookmark.
Then, lay down your bookmark as perfectly as you can within the placement line. Run the second color of the “C” file. This will secure the bookmark and embroider the border which will hold the bookmark together. If you find that your tassel is getting in the way, simply tape it down.
Step 9: Cut out the water-soluble backing from your bookmark
Remove your bookmark from the hoop and cut the water-soluble backing around the bookmark. Try to cut as close as you can without cutting into the stitches. Make sure the tassel is out of the way as you cut off the backing.
Once you finish cutting around the bookmark, flip it over and cut out the backing from the inside of the bookmark’s border. Cut as close as you can to the inside of the border without cutting the stitches.
Step 10: Dissolve the water-soluble backing from your embroidered bookmark
Almost done! Take a bowl of warm water (as warm as possible, but not boiling). Add a drop of dish soap and dip your finger into the water. Slide your finger around the edges of the bookmark to dissolve the water-soluble backing. You will need to repeat this step until the backing is completely removed.
That’s it! Your new bookmark is ready to hold your place in your next page-turner.
Embroidery Legacy In the Hoop Bookmark Designs and Patterns:
So, you want to make an embroidered bookmark, but don’t know what design to use?
Our family business has been active in the embroidery industry since 1958. We’ve done everything from running two commercial embroidery factories (where we produced more than 10 million pieces of embroidered goods per year) to digitizing logos for dozens of fortune 500 companies (including Coca-Cola, Disney, and yes ironically enough…. even John Deere). Today lead by John Deer, the world’s most awarded digitizer and the last living Schiffli master digitizer still alive teaching in North America, our small business is still family-owned and operated. Through quality education, designs, and software, our mission is to help train the next generation of embroiderers and pass on the embroidery knowledge we’ve acquired over the past several decades.