Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Project - Layered Felt Winter Bookmarks

Oh dear!  Here it is January and I'm still using my bat bookmark from fall!  I was so busy with Christmas, I didn't even notice.  Here are three new designs in case you also need a more seasonally appropriate bookmark - a snowman, a penguin, and (if you're already sick of winter and dreaming of escape) a tropical beach.

*felt - I used regular colors of felt, except for the Southern Lights above the penguin.  I used a piece of tie dye purple and blue felt I bought at Hobby Lobby.  If you don't have one of those near you, they also sell it in their on-line store here.
*embroidery floss
*thin ribbon
*hole puncher
*felt or tacky glue
*book mark patterns here

The general instructions for making layered felt bookmarks are on the autumn bookmark post page here.

1.  Cut out all pattern pieces -  cut the palm tree top from the trunk on the dotted line.

2.  Cut out the following pieces of felt (these are the colors I used):
*two 2" by 6" rectangles of each color - turquoise, white, and blue
*one penguin shape from black
*one penguin stomach from white
*two penguin feet from orange
*three fish from any color
*one piece cut from tie dye felt to represent southern lights
*one palm tree trunk from medium brown - add about 1/4 inch to the top
*one palm tree leaf top from green
*two small circles from brown for coconuts
*one water from white
*one sand from light brown
*one sun from golden yellow
*one circle for inner sun part from orange
*one snowman shape from white
*one hat from black
*two arms from brown
*one scarf from purple
*one triangle for carrot nose from orange
*cut three white small circles for snowballs
*cut two small black circles for buttons

3.  Layer pieces on book mark backgrounds and attach with small dots of glue - blue background for snowman, white for penguin, and turquoise for beach.

4.  Using two strands of embroidery thread, attach all pieces with a blanket stitch.  Make x's for texture on the palm tree trunk, make snowflakes in the sky on the snowman marker using straight stitches, and use french knots (3 wraps) for eyes on the penguin, fish, and snowman.  See this post for embroidery stitch instructions.

5.  Punch holes in the top of bookmark fronts and backs.  If your hole puncher is really sharp, you'll be able to do both layers at once.  Otherwise, punch the front piece, line up the back piece and punch it second.

6.  Cut ribbon to the length you want and loop attach through the holes.  Attach fronts to backs with a blanket stitch using all 6 strands of floss.  Be sure to take a stitch through the knot of the ribbon to keep it from coming undone.

In case you're wondering, the book I'm marking in the opening photo is Sasha Kagan's Crochet Inspiration - one of my go-to books when I need inspiration!

Happy Creating!  Deborah


  1. Those are SO sweet! I love the penguin! Thanks so much for this, I'll be spreading the word.

  2. thanks so much for the tutorial, your bookmarks are lovely. I was wondering what the book was! I actually thought that it had a blank left page that you'd put the samples on... !