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Patchwork Bookmark
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating a crafty cut applique trivet in-the-hoop.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.


Cuddle up with a good book and this sweet patchwork bookmark! Your choice of fabrics come together with delicate textured stitching -- and a freestanding tassel stitched in cotton thread to top it all off. Follow these step-by-step instructions to stitch your own!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Small pieces of quilter's cotton
- Water soluble stabilizer (Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Cutaway stabilizer
- Size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle
- Scissors
- Cotton thread
- Embroidery thread

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X15096, Charming Patchwork Bookmark (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Freestanding fabric and embroidery designs have been specially digitized for water-soluble stabilizer. After the stabilizer is removed beautiful embroidery remains.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

When you download the design, you will find multiple files. Some are the embroidery files, and the others are dieline files marked with the letters "DL". Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the correct shape and size.

Open and print each dieline file using an embroidery software. If you do not have an embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

For the back piece only, spray one side of a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Smooth the stabilizer onto the wrong side of the back piece fabric.


Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Then spray the back side of the printed back piece dieline with temporary adhesive, and smooth it onto the right side of the back fabric.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Cut the back dieline shape out of the adhered fabric. Then remove the paper dieline.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Next spray the back side of all of the remaining front paper dielines with temporary adhesive. Smooth them onto the right side of the appropriate fabrics.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Cut out all the remaining dieline pieces.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

There are a couple of different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer. One is clear and plastic, and that brand is Sulky Ultra Solvy. The other is soft and fibrous, called Vilene. Both will work very well. Vilene is used in this demonstration.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. That means it will make smaller holes in the stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Hoop the stabilizer firmly. Make sure it is nice and tight with no wrinkles.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

The tassel in this design is digitized to be used with either 30-35 weight cotton thread or 40 weight rayon embroidery thread. 30-35 weight cotton thread is found under different names, such as mercerized cotton or all-purpose cotton. In this demonstration we used cotton thread.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

As the tassel is seen from both sides, wind a bobbin with the same thread that you're using in the needle.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Attach the hoop onto the machine, and load the embroidery file (not the dieline files).

Use a 75/11 sharp sewing needle instead of an embroidery needle. The sharp sewing needle has a finer point, and it will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be the tassel. When its finished remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

After the tassel has embroidered, all of the front details will embroider next. As the back side of the front details will be covered by the back piece, you do not need to match a bobbin while you sew them.

Instead, wind a bobbin with normal bobbin thread, and use that for this section of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

The next thing to embroider will be a dieline (or outline stitch). This marks the area on the stabilizer where the "front internal" fabric piece will be placed.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

After the dieline has sewn, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Spray the wrong side of the "front internal" fabric piece with temporary adhesive. Smooth the fabric on the stabilizer inside of the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Place the hoop back onto the machine, and embroider the tackdown for the "front internal" fabric piece. The tackdown holds the fabric piece in the place for the remainder of the design. The front internal piece will be covered completely by the other front fabric pieces. It is needed under the front fabric pieces to add structure. The internal piece prevents the other pieces from falling off the bookmark once it is soaked.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Follow the color change sheet until you reach the next dieline step. This dieline will be for the first front piece that will actually show on the finished bookmark.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Remove the hoop from the machine, spray the wrong side of the first visible front fabric piece, and place it inside the sewn dieline. This fabric piece will sit right on top of the internal fabric piece.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Embroider the first fabric piece's tackdown step.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Continue to follow the color change sheet and embroider the next dieline step.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Repeat to remove the hoop from the machine, spray the wrong side of the next fabric piece, and place it inside the sewn dieline. Then return the hoop to the machine, and embroider this piece's tackdown step.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Follow the color change sheet to embroider the remaining front dielines and tackdowns. Make sure to spray and place each front piece inside of its dieline before sewing its tackdown.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

After all the front fabric pieces are tacked down in place, embroider the inner details if there are any. Stop before sewing the "back piece tackdown" step.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Before sewing the "back piece tackdown" step, remove the hoop from the machine, and turn it over so the back side of the embroidery is facing up.

Spray the back side of the back fabric piece with temporary adhesive. Then smooth it into place on the back side of the embroidery, matching the edges up with the outer edges of the stitching.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

All the embroidery from here on out will be seen from both sides.

Wind another bobbin to match the remaining thread colors used in the design.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Return the hoop to the machine. Follow the color change sheet, and embroider the back piece tackdown and finishing seam.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Once the embroidery is finished, unhoop the design and trim away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

The stabilizer's packaging should give instructions for removing the excess. For Vilene, soak the embroidered lace for a few moments.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

Then allow the piece to air dry before pressing it flat with an iron.

Free project instructions for creating a patchwork bookmark in-the-hoop.

To make the tassel lay correctly, iron it with a pressing cloth on top until all of the fringe lays flat and straight.

Patchwork Bookmark (In-the-Hoop)



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