Create a Quick and Easy Cross Stitch Bookmark

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    Gather Supplies and Determine the Size of Fabric Needed

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    Cutting the Aida Fabric. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Are books your life? Do you dive in to a new adventure every time you turn the page? Why not cross stitch a bookmark to save your place when you just have to put that book down. This is a quick and easy tutorial that is perfect for teaching someone how to cross stitch. 

    Read all instructions before beginning this project.

    For this project you will need:

    Choose a...MORE pattern for your design that will be suitable for a bookmark. Determine the finished design size of the pattern.

    To determine the size you should cut your fabric, determine exactly how wide your finished bookmark will be, then cut the fabric at least twice as large. For example, if the finished bookmark will be 1 1/2 inches wide, cut the fabric 3 inches wide by the length of the design.

    The bookmark in this tutorial is six inches long, but choose any length suitable for your design.

    Cut the fabric to the proper size, then center and stitch the design.

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    Clip Any Stray Floss Ends and Straighten Lose Stitches

    Image of Completed Cross Stitch Design
    Clip Any Stray Floss and Straighten Lose Stitches. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    For this bookmark, I repeated the Mini Heart C pattern seven times using cross stitch and several cross stitch variations.

    After you stitch your design, clip any stray floss ends from the back of the design.

    Make sure the front of the design is neat and there are no loose stitches.

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    Fold the Excess Fabric to Cover the Back of the Cross Stitch Bookmark

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    Center the Design and Fold the Fabric. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Fold the extra fabric on each side of the bookmark to cover the back. Be sure that the design is centered exactly on the front. An easy way to do this is to count the Aida squares on each side of the design. If the number of Aida squares matches, the design is centered.
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    Iron the Fabric Flat

    Image of Ironing the Bookmark
    Iron the Cross Stitch Bookmark. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    After the design is centered, iron the fabric to form the bookmark shape.
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    Fringe the Edges (Optional)

    Image of Fringed Aida Fabric
    Fringed Aida Fabric. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Create a fringed edge for your bookmark by removing two-three rows of woven threads from the Aida fabric. If you want a smooth edge for your bookmark, add some fray preventative to the back edge of the fabric to prevent ravelling.
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    Hold Bookmark Together With Glue or Interfacing

    Image of Ribbon on Back of Bookmark
    Add Ribbon to Back of Bookmark. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    To keep the parts of the bookmark from flapping open, you will need to use fabric glue, fusible interfacing, or a similar product. Follow the manufacturers instructions for the product you choose.If you use glue, use a small amount. Too much glue will soak to the outside of the fabric and mar your design. It may also cause the fabric to curl as it dries.If you do not want the edge of the fabric to show on the back of the bookmark, cover it with a small piece of ribbon.
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    Example of a Completed Straight-Edged Cross Stitch Bookmark

    Straight-Edged Cross Stitch Bookmark
    Straight-Edged Bookmark. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The completed bookmark with a straight edge may be the look you desire.
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    Example of a Fringed-Edge Cross Stitch Bookmark

    Fringed-Edge Cross Stitch Bookmark
    Fringed-Edge Bookmark. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    I prefer the fringed-edge bookmark. Aida lends itself to creating a simple, easy fringe.If you are concerned about the fabric raveling, use a small amount of fray preventative or stitch a line of back stitch or running stitch one square above the fringed edge with floss the same color as the fabric or the stitched design.
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    Materials and Stitches Used for Cross Stitch Bookmark Project

    Image of Heart Design Stitched with Cross Stitch and Variations
    Hearts Stitched with Cross Stitch and Variations. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This project was stitched with two strands of DMC 3051 on Khaki-colored Aida fabric using the free Mini Heart C Cross Stitch pattern.

    Stitches used for the first three hearts (top to bottom):
    Cross Stitch
    Four-Sided Stitch
    Laced Cross Stitch

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    More Stitches Used for Cross Stitch Bookmark Project

    Image of More Hearts Stitched with Cross Stitch and Variations
    Stitched with Cross Stitch and Variations. Photo © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This project was stitched with two strands of DMC 3051 on Khaki-colored Aida fabric using the free Mini Heart C Cross Stitch pattern.

    Stitches used for the last four hearts (top to bottom):
    Cross Stitch
    Star / Couched Cross Stitch
    Smyrna Stitch
    Cross Stitch