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Embroidered Cardstock Bookmark

Free project instructions for creating an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Free project instructions for creating an embroidered cardstock bookmark.


Leave your mark and craft something special for the readers in your life! Project instructions below will show you how to work with designs that have been specially digitized for cardstock, allowing you to make bookmarks that are truly beautiful and unique. Find out more!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Heavy-weight cardstock, handmade paper or watercolor paper (65lb or heavier)
- Accent paper (for the back of the bookmark)
- Medium weight cutaway stabilizer (2.5 oz or more)
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- 75/11 sewing needle
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors
- White craft glue or permanent double sided tape
- Pencil
- Ruler
- 1/4 inch single hole punch
- cord or ribbon hanger

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- M33475, Reading Stack Bookmark (Cardstock)

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Cardstock embroidery designs have been specially digitized to be embroidered onto paper. Only use designs labeled as cardstock designs, or the embroidery may just cut the paper rather than sew onto it.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

When selecting paper, choose a heavy-weight cardstock (65lb or heavier), handmade paper, or watercolor paper. When using paper with shorter fibers (such as cardstock) the needle perforations will be more visible around the embroidery, but it will still work well.

Paper with longer fibers (such as handmade or watercolor paper) will hide the needle perforations better as the fibers can move more. This makes the holes left by the needle less obvious on the long fiber paper.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Cut a piece of paper that is larger than the design. For example we cut our paper to 6.75" by 3" to cover our design (which was 2" x 6").


Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Hoop a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer. Make sure it is tight in the hoop with no wrinkles.


Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the embroidery file.

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.

The first thing to embroider will be a 'Dieline' or 'Outline' stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer where the paper piece will be placed.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

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

Spray the wrong side of the paper with temporary spray adhesive. Place the paper over the sewn dieline, and smooth it into place.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Next, place the hoop back on the machine and embroider the "Cut line." This marks the area on the paper piece where the finished design will later be cut out. It also holds the paper piece in place.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

After the paper piece is sewn in place, follow the color change sheet, and embroider the inner details of the design.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

When the embroidery has finished, unhoop the stabilizer. Using scissors, carefully cut along the inner edge of the "cut line." Cutting right along the inner edge will remove the cut line from the edge of the paper, leaving a clean edge around the front half of the design.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

After cutting out the shape, turn over the design and trim the stabilizer close around the embroidered design. This will keep the stabilizer from being seen between the two pieces of paper, and make it easier to glue together.

When cutting, be careful not to cut the paper or the embroidery.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Cut a piece of the accent paper bigger than the embroidered bookmark. We cut another piece at 6.75" by 3". Then use white craft glue or permanent double sided tape to adhere the accent paper to the back side of the main paper. Doing this will hide the stabilizer and backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Make sure the glue has dried completely before cutting the accent paper to shape. Once the glue is dry, carefully trim the accent paper by following the edges of the front embroidered paper. In the end you want both the front and accent back paper to be cut to the same shape with flush edges.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

These next three steps are optional. They allow for an accent ribbon or hanger to be added to the design.

First, use a 1/4" single hole punch to put a hole into the center top of the design. This will be where the ribbon or hanger will go.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Cut an 8" piece of ribbon or cord.

Free project instructions for an embroidered cardstock bookmark.

Then thread the ribbon through the punched hole. To make a hanger, tie the ribbon into a loop at the top.

Free project instructions for creating an embroidered cardstock bookmark.



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Products used in this Project:

Reading Stack Bookmark (Cardstock) $1.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.00" x 6.00"

Blossoming Bookmark (Cardstock) $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.00" x 6.00"

Reading Pals Bookmark (Cardstock) $1.99

Available in 1 Size:

2.00" x 6.00"