Winter Cross-stitch bookmarks make a great gift this holiday season. Free pattern for three different bookmarks including Buffalo Check!
On the Third Day of a Crafty Christmas…
December is a perfect month for cozy hand sewing! These winter cross-stitch bookmarks are a quick project and they make a wonderful gift! Cross-stitching has always been a favorite hobby of mine since my mom taught me in high school. This past year I started it up again and am so happy I did.
A few months ago I created autumn bookmarks with fun tweed, herringbone and buffalo check patterns. I really had a lot of fun stitching them – they were so quick compared to larger cross-stitch projects! My goal is to make a set of bookmarks for each season. These are my winter/holiday ones!
This set of bookmarks feature a Scandinavian sweater pattern in red and white, a fun zig zag in red, green and white (that reminds me of a Christmas sweater), and another buffalo check -because I love buffalo check!! You can get the set of pre-punched bookmarks I used at Joann Fabrics or I’ve also included the Amazon link for them at the end of this post. Download the free pattern and get started!
Supplies Needed For Winter Cross-Stitch Bookmarks:
**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
- Scandinavian Sweater Print: White, Red (DMC 498)
- Buffalo Check: Black, Red (DMC 321), Burgundy (DMC 815)
- Holiday Zig Zag: White, Red (DMC 321), Green (DMC 909), Dark Green (890)
- 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 for 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 the stitching 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, embroidery floss or some red and white baker’s twine and they are finished – ready to use with a great book or gifted to someone special!
I had so much fun making these and I’m excited to continue this series of cross-stitch bookmarks for the rest of the seasons this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with another DIY project for Day 4 of a Crafty Christmas!
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