I have been on a huge cross-stitching kick lately and decided to create these fun cross-stitch bookmarks, perfect for Autumn! I often think of the seasons in terms of fabrics. I think of light and breezy seersucker, madras and linen in the spring and summer. And I think of warm, cozy plaid, houndstooth, and buffalo check in the autumn. With that in mind, I created these three bookmark patterns. The bookmarks are a quick project – as far as cross-stitching goes! You can mix up the colors of each pattern or use the same colors I chose.
Enjoy the free pattern and check out the tutorial below for how to finish off the back of the bookmarks!
Supplies Needed: *Links to the products I used at the end of this post*
- Free Pattern – Link located at the end of this post
- Cross-Stitch Style Punched Book Marks
- Tapestry Needle size 24-26
- Embroidery Floss
- Plaid: White, Burgundy (DMC 3834), Blue (DMC 3765), Tan (DMC 3045)
- Buffalo Check: Black, White, Grey (DMC 169)
- Houndstooth: Black, White, Tan (DMC 3045), Blue (DMC 996), Magenta (DMC 917)
- Cardstock in the same colors as the bookmarks – black, white and tan
To get started, print off the free pattern and choose your embroidery floss colors. I used DMC embroidery floss and chose to use similar colors in each bookmark. The pack of bookmarks I used came in white, tan and black so I made sure my floss colors would work well with the paper colors.
Cross-stitch each bookmark. I used a tapestry needle, which was nice because they are little rounded and blunt instead of sharp and pointy – so you won’t accidentally pierce the paper. I used two strands of floss while stitching.
Once the bookmarks are stitched, it is time to cover the backs of them. This not only looks nice but will also help preserve them from wear and tear.
To cover the backs, simply cut a piece of matching cardstock measuring 1.75″ x 4.25″ and adhere onto the back of each bookmark. I used Scor-Tape to attach the cardstock, which works well since it doesn’t cause any warping of the paper like glue can, and it is super strong!
Finish the bookmarks off with ribbon or embroidery floss and they are finished – ready to use with a great book!
I had so much fun making these I know I want to make more in the future! After working on such a large cross-stitch pattern, it felt good to do a quicker project! I am planning to gift a couple of these, but I’ll be keeping one for myself! :)
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