How to Finish a Counted Cross Stitch Bookmark

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Finishing a counted cross stitch bookmark is relatively easy and you will not need many materials. There are a variety of ways to complete your project, including a no-sew option. Fusible works well when making a cross stitched bookmark. It is a thin adhesive that holds your needlepoint in place and adheres to another fabric, as well as gives your cross stitch some body and stiffness.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Fabric or ribbon
  • Fusible webbing
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

No Sew Finishing Option

  • Trim any long threads from the back of your cross-stitched piece, so that it will lay flat. Trim your cross-stitched piece into the desired size of your bookmark.

  • Trim a piece of fusible webbing slightly smaller than your cross-stitched artwork. Trim a piece of coordinating fabric or ribbon the same size as your cross-stitched artwork. This will be used as the back of the bookmark to hide the underside of your work.

  • Fold raw edges of both the cross stitched piece and fabric toward the back and iron down.

  • Iron the fusible webbing to the cross-stitched bookmark, following the packaging instructions. Iron the fabric or ribbon to the cross-stitched bookmark, sandwiching the fusible webbing.

Sewing Option

  • Trim any long threads from the back of your cross-stitched piece so that it will lay flat. Trim your cross-stitched piece into the desired size of your bookmark, leaving a 1/4-inch edge around the bookmark. Trim the coordinating fabric into the same size as the cross-stitched piece, leaving a 1/4-inch edge around the piece. This will be used as the back of the bookmark to hide the underside of your work.

  • Place the right sides together with the wrong sides facing out. Stitch by using a sewing machine or by hand with needle and thread around three sides of your book mark. Leave one end open.

  • Trim any loose ends and extra fabric along the seams and turn the sewn bookmark inside out through the open end. Iron flat the bookmark, turning under the open end.

  • Hand stitch shut the open end of the cross-stitched bookmark.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you finish your bookmark by sewing, use a coordinating fabric rather than a ribbon. Ribbon works well as a back when you iron it on to your cross stitch with fusible webbing, but does not work well sewing it on as a back for your piece.
  • Follow the fusible webbing instructions. Some cross-stitched pieces with larger holes for the needle point might work best with a piece of parchment paper under the cross stitch when you iron on the fusible webbing so that your work does not adhere to your ironing board.

References

  • Photo Credit red ribbon image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com
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