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Lace & Mylar Bookmarks

 

Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
Make reading a good book an even more magical experience with a sparkling lace and Mylar bookmark!

These in-the-hoop bookmarks combine lovely freestanding lace and shiny Mylar for a spectacular look.

Whip up a bunch of bookmarks for your favorite bookworms, teachers, librarians, and one for yourself!

Designs featured in this tutorial are a blend of applique and lace; the applique is the Mylar foil. Can the designs be stitched without Mylar? Unfortunately, that is not possible. The Mylar is necessary to keep the integrity of the lace, so that the design is a "freestanding" one.

Read on for free project instructions!
 

Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 
Supplies Needed:

**Water-soluble stabilizer (Sulky Ultra Solvy or Vilene)

**Small pieces of Mylar (foil gift wrap or foil balloons)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Paper towels

Special Project Notes:

In this project I used the large size of the Once Upon a Time Lace Bookmarks (Mylar) Design Pack.

We found sheets of Mylar at our local party store and at Michaels. It was labeled as "foil tissue." It's generally found in the gift wrap area. You can also use foil balloons.

A note about water-soluble stabilizers and needles:

There are many, many different brands of water-soluble stabilizer available. Some are thin and light, some are fibrous, and some are thick and heavy. It can be confusing to pick the right one for your project.

We've digitized and stitched thousands of lace designs, and have consistently excellent results with Sulky Ultra Solvy (the heavy weight water-soluble stabilizer by Sulky) and Vilene, a fibrous water-soluble stabilizer. We order Vilene from www.pointetopointe.com.

Use a sharp needle (as opposed to an embroidery needle) when embroidering onto water-soluble stabilizer - especially if using the "plastic-looking" kind (such as Sulky Ultra Solvy). An embroidery needle has a larger point, which makes larger holes in the water-soluble stabilizer, leading to tearing and misalignment.


Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 


When you download a lace and Mylar design, you'll find three files. One begins with an "X" followed by 4 numbers. This is the full embroidery file.

The other files end with "_DLFront" and "_DLBack"; these are the dieline files.


To begin, cut the Mylar applique piece to the proper shape and size. Do this using the dieline files. Print the dieline files at full size using embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software, you can create a template by embroidering the dieline files on paper. Simply hoop a piece of paper and embroider the dieline files.

 


Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

To prepare the Mylar piece, we will make a stabilizer, Mylar, and paper template sandwich. Start by spraying a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with a bit of temporary adhesive. Lay the Mylar, right side up, on the stabilizer and smooth in place.
 



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Spray the paper template with a quick shot of adhesive and smooth the template over the Mylar. Cut out the shape and remove the paper from the top of the Mylar. Repeat this for both of the Mylar pieces, front and back.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Now that the Mylar pieces are cut and ready, it is time to embroider the design. Hoop a piece of water-soluble stabilizer.

 


Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Since both sides of the design will show, wind a bobbin for each top thread color used in the design.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine, load the full embroidery file (the file that starts with an "X" followed by 4 numbers), and start the design. The first thing that sews is the lace.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

After each color finishes, stop the machine. Check the color change sheet. If the color changes, remove the hoop and match the bobbin thread to the top thread.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Reattach the hoop to the machine and continue with the design: the next thing that sews is the dieline for the Mylar pieces.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

After the dieline has sewn, stop the machine and remove the hoop from the machine (but do not unhoop the stabilizer). Spray the backside of the front Mylar piece with adhesive.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Lay it right inside the dieline shape on the front side of the embroidery.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Spray the backside of the back Mylar piece with adhesive and lay it right inside the dieline shape on the back side of the embroidery.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Attach the hoop back on the machine and continue with the design.

A zigzag tack down stitch will embroider next followed by some inside elements of the design.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Continue with the design being sure to match the bobbin thread to the top thread when necessary.




Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

When the design has finished, soak it in water, hot from the tap, for about 15 minutes, or until the stabilizer is soaked away.



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Blot it with a paper towel and allow it to air dry. And your lace with Mylar bookmark is complete!



Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.
 

Here is a completed design showing the front. Be aware that the front will look slightly different than the back, as these designs are not 100% reversible.


Free tutorial to make in-the-hoop freestanding lace and Mylar bookmarks.




 

Make the pages of a book shine with a luminescent lace and Mylar bookmark!

They make fabulous hostess and teacher appreciation gifts, as well as fun Easter basket surprises and stocking stuffers.

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