Sunday, September 09, 2012

finishing cross-stitched bookmarks

When the time came to finish my cross stitched bookmarks, gluing felt to the back just didn't seem finished enough...

Here's the technique I came up with.

With a rotary cutter and ruler, trim the finished piecee 1/2" larger than the stitched area.

Cut a piece of quilting cotton slightly wider and longer than the stitched area. Fold under the short ends and press.

Layer the cotton on top of your stitched piece, wrong sides together. Fold the long edges of the cross stitch fabric 1/4" over the raw edges of the cotton. Press. The short edges will be fringed later.

With the stitched side facing up, use your sewing machine and matching thread to sew around the whole rectangle, two squares outside of the stitched area. Fringe the short edges.


Denise :) said...

Wow, Michelle, that really does give them a nice, finished look!! Very pretty! :)

Needled Mom said...

Those are just lovely. They would make wonderful gifts.

Anonymous said...

Lots of hours and lots of love in those bookmarks...and a lovely thing to use. They are beautiful.

KaHolly said...

Beautiful!! You've certainly been busy!


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