This quick and fun tutorial will show you how you can make your very own embroidered corner bookmark. Using some felt, fabric, and a few embroidery supplies, you can make this highly customizable bookmark in an hour or two! You can follow along with the pattern in the tutorial or use the instructions to create your own design!
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Embroidered Corner Bookmark
Supplies You’ll Need
- patterned fabric
- wool felt – purchase on Etsy
- embroidery floss
- 4 or 5 inch embroidery hoop – purchase on Etsy
- embroidery design – get the bee PDF pattern here
- embroidery needle
- sewing machine (optional, you can also sew everything by hand)
- embroidery scissors
- water soluble stick n stitch – purchase on Amazon
- printer or a marker to manually trace the design
- a sewing awl
- a pencil or water soluble marker – purchase on Amazon
There are a variety of ways that you can create these little book corners. You can make the entire thing out of a fabric or felt, or you could make it with backing paper following this pattern. However, I chose to use a combination of materials: patterned fabric for the back and felt for the front!
I would recommend using high quality wool felt instead of the acrylic felt that some craft stores sell. Wool felt is way more durable, easier to embroider on, and it doesn’t stretch out as much as the acrylic felt sometimes does.
Creating The Book Corner Backing
Cut out two 4 x 4 inch squares of fabric and placed them right sides together.
With a sewing machine, sew around the outer edge of the fabric, leaving a 1/4 in margin and about 1.5 inches unstitched so you can turn the fabric right-side-out.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand sew the fabric with a running stitch, whip stitch, or a back stitch!
Then, trim the corners at a diagonal. This will allow the corners to be crisper.
Turn the fabric right side out. Using an awl or a pencil, poke the corners out.
Press the fabric with an iron.
Top stitch around the border of the square to finish it. (You can use a back stitch if you’re doing everything by hand.)
Transferring The Design
Transferring embroidery patterns to felt can be a bit more challenging. Tracing through felt is near impossible because it is a bit thicker than cotton or linen fabrics. The surface is also fuzzier so embroidery pens and markers don’t always show up super neatly.
It’s easiest to complete the embroidery in a hoop, so you will want to leave enough felt around the design so you can put it in an embroidery hoop.
Embroidering The Design
Now you’re ready to stitch the design! You can create your own or follow along with the bee embroidery pattern which is a downloadable PDF that includes the design as well as the template and instructions for sewing the backing. The design uses the technique of thread painting, which uses the long and short stitches to blend colors together to make the bee look semi-realistic. It’s an easy pattern that’s great for any level of stitcher!
The easiest way that I have found to transfer designs is using water soluble stick n stitch. This stabilizer comes in sheets of paper that fit in your printer, so you can print the design out directly onto the paper. Peel off the backing, stick it on the felt, place it in an embroidery hoop, and you’re ready to start embroidering.
Once you’ve finished stitching the design, carefully cut out the felt in the shape of a triangle. (The pattern has this outlined to make it easy!)
Submerge the felt in warm water to dissolve the stabilizer. If you’re having trouble getting all of the stabilizer off, place it under warm running water and gently rub the embroidery.
Allow the felt to air dry for a few hours.
Assembling The Embroidered Book Corner
Once the felt is completely dry, you can place the design in the top right hand corner of the fabric square and attach it using a blanket stitch.
And that’s how you can create your very own embroidered corner bookmark!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you want to learn even more ways to create functional, or even wearable embroidery, check out some of these tutorials below.