Tutorial Tuesday: Reverse Applique Bookmarks

Today’s tutorial is a remarkably easy one and I’m almost ashamed to present it to you. But after stitching happily all evening long on Sunday and putting it together yesterday I decided to share the fun anyway. After all, if you don’t want to make one you don’t have to, right?

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You only  need a few things:

  • some felt
  • scraps of fabric
  • embroidery floss
  • a bit of ribbon
  • sewing kit

You simply hold the fabric to the back of the felt while you make a shape with your embroidery floss. I used 4 strands and did really easy stitches like split stitch, couching and running stitch.

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Here’s what the back looks like:

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When you’ve added all the fabric and stitches you want, take a tiny pair of scissors and CAREFULLY pull the felt away from the fabric. Snip into it, then cut your shape out:

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Trim your felt down to your bookmark size. Now all you need is a back. And when you have the back, you can tuck a couple of ribbons in between the tops and stitch over them to keep them in place.

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I made the one on the left using running stitches of 4 embroidery threads and a leftover ribbon embroidery length. Then I wiggled my scissors to make the waves. I used pinking shears on the reverse applique bookmark, but you don’t have to!

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That’s it! A perfect gift for that book lover you know.

Well, I better go – have a whole list of stuff to do today!

© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

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8 Responses to Tutorial Tuesday: Reverse Applique Bookmarks

  1. Ruth says:

    What a great idea! The perfect super-quick handmade gift to give along with a book.

  2. ElfRenee says:

    Cute!! I love it.

  3. CeLynn Peeler says:

    super cute & easy too! my favorite kind of project :)

  4. Karima says:

    Hi from your newest follower, now google,network and facebook following, Karima x
    Saw you on smwyg linky

  5. Antonella says:

    Great idea! It looks nice and easy – even if you are like me and don’t sew – lol… I stopped over from the Answer is Chocolate BFF Link Party where I’ve linked up too… pop on over if you get a chance.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  6. Carol says:

    What a fantastic idea. Great gift and a great way to use up scraps. Thanks so much for linking up to this week’s BFF party!

  7. kelly @ glitter says:

    What a great tutorial!I’m visiting from 101 summer sewing tutorials roundup. Have a great day! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com

  8. Linda says:

    Hi I Really Like your great tutorials!!!

    I Link to you on my Blog,


    Thanks for sharing :-)

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