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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Embroidered Felt Bookmark

Save a spot in your favorite book with a Hand-Embroidered Felt Bookmark!

Embroidered Felt Bookmark

For me, there's no such thing as too many bookmarks. I love having a collection of them on-hand whenever I'm reading, and love finding new ones to share with my book loving daughter. As a fun fabric-scrap project, I decided to give an old piece of felt new life with a bit of embroidery floss. This is a good project for teens and embroidery beginners to try, because you can practice so many types of stitches on it. It's the perfect size to save a spot in your favorite book, and would be a thoughtful handmade gift for your reader friends.

Coats + Clark Anchor Embroidery Spools

This embroidery thread from Anchor is my go-to for embroidery. There are 438 solid colors and 12 multi-colors available, and the best part is is that they come on SPOOLS! The spools have 25% more floss than skeins, and the floss rolls smoothly off the spool. It also makes clean-up a breeze when you're done because you don't have to wind the thread back onto a card. Simply put the spool away!

Embroidered Felt Bookmark Supplies

To make your own Embroidered Felt Bookmark, you will need these supplies:

Use sharp scissors to cut a 3.5" x 5.5" rectangle out of felt. Because there are so many embroidery floss color options, you can actually use any color of felt. I would recommend choosing your felt first, and then select floss colors that contrast enough to "pop" off of the felt color. For my bookmark, I used a dark gray felt and embroidery floss in bold primary colors.

Embroidery with Red Floss Thread

Draw or write your pattern right onto the felt with a pencil or temporary fabric marker. Unwind a length of embroidery floss from the spool, and thread all six strands onto an embroidery needle and tie a knot at the end.

Stitch along the drawn guides using your favorite types of stitches. To keep this bookmark simple, I went with a backstitch. When you come to the end of your thread or letter, tie a knot in the thread and trim.

Embroidered Felt Bookmark

I decided to use a different color of embroidery floss for each letter, and then stitched a white border all the way around the bookmark. For some extra flair, you could make your own tassel out of floss and attach it to the top of the bookmark. For a different look, practice using all kinds of stitches in different colors. The most important part is to have fun and be creative, right?

If the back of your project looks messy, or you just want to cover up the stitching, glue another rectangle of felt or coordinating fabric onto the back using fabric adhesive.

Embroidered Felt Bookmark on Stack of Books

Gently hand-wash the bookmark to remove the pencil or temporary fabric marker (refer to your packaging instructions). Sandwich the bookmark between two small towels to absorb the excess water and let it dry. Once dry, the bookmark is ready for use!

Handmade Embroidered Projects

Me & My Inklings and Creatively Beth also made some creative embroidered projects using Anchor Spooled Embroidery Floss, so be sure to go check out their tutorials!

As always, I would love to see your creations! Share yours on InstagramFacebook, or leave a comment/photo on the project pin on Pinterest! #AFMCrafts

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Embroidered Felt Bookmark

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