Cutwork Felt Bookmark from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond

on March 11 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 75 Comments

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Aimee Ray is back with another fun project from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More. Aimee shared the Mushroom Pincushion from the book last month, and she’ll be back in April with another project too! We love Aimee’s; the classic Doodle-Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners is a favorite in our sewing libraries, and the Farmer’s Market Tote Bag from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs is a favorite project here at Sew,Mama,Sew!

In Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More, Aimee shows you how to experiment with a variety of techniques. There’s a wonderful Redwork & Crewel section, a pretty exploration of Sashiko and so much more. Today’s Cutwork Felt Bookmark shows you how to reinforce cut panels with stitches!

You can win a copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More with your comment below. Tell us what you’re stitching!

Cutwork embroidery involves cutting windows into your fabric and reinforcing them with special stitches.

If you haven’t tried Cutwork before, it is easy to learn using felt. This bookmark is designed to adjust to fit books from about 7- 10 inches, but you can alter the pattern to fit any sized book.

What You Need:

  • 1 – 2 ½ x 12 inch piece, and 2- 2 ½ x 5 inch pieces of green or orange felt
  • 2 – Pieces of Velcro, 3 inches long
  • Bookmark template
  • Embroidery floss
  • One skein of light green 772 or one skein each of aqua 3817, orange 3853, yellow 3855

Overcast Stitch, Stem Stitch, Satin Stitch

1. Trace the bookmark template onto the large piece of felt and cut it out.

2. Use the Overcast Stitch around the holes. First stitch a row of Running stitches around the cutting pattern, then cut out the center piece of fabric. The hole will usually end up larger than the space you cut, so keep your cutting 1/8 inch inside the pattern line. Starting at the back of the fabric, bring your needle and floss up at the edge of the hole, down through the hole over the edge, and back up again right next to the first stitch. Repeat along the edge, completely covering the raw edge of felt.

3. Finish the design with the Stem and Satin Stitches.

4. Stitch the short pieces of felt to either end of the long piece, overlapping them ¼ inch.

5. Sew two rows of Velcro to either end of the bookmark. Wrap the bookmark around your favorite book and secure the Velcro in the back.

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75 Responses to Cutwork Felt Bookmark from Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond

  1. nlp says:

    I am fascinated and also considering what you will be talking about below.

  2. Aileen Prather says:

    I love the Doodle Stitching Book. I currently have it checked out of our public library, so to have one of her books in my private library would be a dream come true! Thanks for the opportunity.
    I am currently working on a felt book cover (Bible) with hand embroidery. It is going to be a special gift for a lovely young woman for her HS graduation in May.

    I love your blog by the way. This is the third time I have gotten here from other sites this week. I like your style, girl!

  3. I am currently making a cute bootie.

  4. Chris says:

    I am stitching some cute food pics to make some snack bags.

  5. Lee says:

    I am stitching a nook cover for my daughter. Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. I just finishing stitching up the last part of some stackable boxes I found on your site, though it wasn’t really decorative stitching. Someday I’ll get back to making Hooplas, but who knows when that will be?

  7. Charlotte in Ga says:

    What a great project. Im currently working on a quilt but need to start up some handwork. Something that will travel well. This looks like it would be great. Thanks!

  8. Rachel says:

    I am currently stitching a handkerchief with a teapot center motif, teacups and teabags alternating in each corner. The motifs are from the second Doodle Stitching book, the motif collection. I love this book!

  9. Jill D says:

    I’m currently working on doggie bandannas for my pups!

  10. Mara says:

    Just learning how to do emboidery, thanks for the so cute idea.

  11. Maria G. says:

    I wish I had come across sewmamasew 3 decades ago. The stitching and embroidery ideas provided on the site are simply priceless. Last week, I tried one of the cutwork embroidery ideas on my husband’s diary and he simply fell in love with it.

  12. Danijela says:

    Wow,this looks amazing,perfect for spring.I am making some spring ornaments.

  13. wendy says:

    another fab project from Aimee. I’m currently working on a couple of cross stitch panels, I’ve also got a stalled crewel work piece I need to get back to, that’s it for hand embroidery at the minute

  14. carol says:

    currently working on a quilt for myself a green and cream bears paw and cross stitching a red tail hawk for my daughter.

  15. Judy Allen says:

    I just finished an alphabet quilt for a 5 year old who was diagnosed with leukemia. She will be in the hospital for several months. I’m now working on flannel pillocases for her. Found a cute Hello Kitty flannel fabric.

  16. Kathryn says:

    I’ve been working on a band sampler that is a round robin with by embroidery group. These bookmarks are so much fun – I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

  17. Liz Hahn says:

    I’m stitching the Party Fox kit from Tako Fibers!

  18. Prachi says:

    Lovely bookmarks ! I am currently making some placemats with cross-stitch.

  19. Heather Miles says:

    I’m currently working on my Hoffman challenge project which I’m dreadfully behind on.

  20. jenny says:

    love it!! i’m currently working on embroidering some temari balls 🙂

  21. Karrie Smith says:

    I REALLY want to learn embroidery and I almost bought a book by her last week. I really hope I win 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  22. Debra Lee says:

    Love the pincushion!

  23. Hannah says:

    I was just hired to embroider a fleece blanket. It will be the first time I’ll have embroidered on anything but cotton, so it should be interesting.

  24. Llama ran says:

    I am knitting a baby cardigan and always looking for embroidery for embellishment
    But I love the cut work, that looks so fun to try!

  25. Deb H. in PA says:

    What a neat book. I would love to win. I am stitching the betsy’s Closet in stitches quilt.

  26. I’m embroidering a tooth fairy pillow for my daughter’s best friend. Adding the binding to my Christmas Quilt and piecing a quilt top for my daughter’s bed. Busy busy!

  27. Tamie says:

    This is a great handwork project. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Katie says:

    I’m working on a sampler for my mom. Thanks!

  29. SueBE says:

    Right now, I’m blocking a piece of knitting and crocheting a baby blanket so I’m looking for a new stitching project.

  30. kelly p says:

    How sweet! I just cut out a gaggle of puppets — bunnies and star wars — and now I need to find the time to stitch them up!

  31. Amber says:

    I’m still working on tea towels. I’d love to graduate to some new projects. This bookmark and book, look fantastic!

  32. Erin says:

    These bookmarks are so cute!

  33. Cute project! I am working on a baby quilt right now.

  34. Sheri says:

    I am working on bags for a craft show.

  35. Alice Simons says:

    Love the simplicity of these bookmarks.
    At the moment I am learning how to draft patterns with my daughter so not much time for stitching.

  36. Glenys says:

    I’m gonna patch up my socks! There’s a hole in it 🙁

  37. Carmen says:

    No stitching right now – just knitting and crocheting

  38. Susannah says:

    I’m making an apron for my mother in law. 🙂

  39. Jessica says:

    I’m making some felt masks for my kids and next up is a new quilt and pillows for my living room

  40. Caroline B says:

    I would love to make these bookmarks.

  41. Bellamy says:

    This tutorial is so cute! Definitely going to have to give it a try. Currently I’m embroidering on a baby quilt for my niece. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  42. Emaline says:

    What a lovely idea! It makes the felt look so pretty!
    I love the doodle stitching book! So many good ideas!
    I’ve been making some knitted winter accessories for my 1860’s china doll. So fun! But now I am all inspired to embroider!

  43. jessicac says:

    Love the cutwork, must put that on my to-do list! I have some fabric to make new hot pads, but haven’t even started yet!

  44. chibidani says:

    I’m working on a cross-stitch of a Geisha.

  45. Jen says:

    So fun! I’m making a peplum top for my daughter right now, and then moving onto embroidering something for a personalized baby gift for my cousin

  46. Allison C says:

    I’m making a gray and white gingham lap quilt for myself and am planning lots of hand embroidery baby bib designs for the little bun in my oven.

  47. Lynne Tilley says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. I love handwork!

  48. Miranda Evans says:

    I’m in the middle of my first embroidery project- a canvas make-up bag!

  49. Stephanie says:

    how cute! I am currently working on a tote for a lovely swap! thanks for the giveaway I have had my eye on this book!

  50. Lindsay H says:

    I’m embroidering a burp cloth for a friend from high school who just had her baby! I’m making 4, but only embroidering her son’s name on one so she can use them again next baby!

  51. Terri says:

    I’m in the process of making gifts for family and friends…bibs and burp cloths for a friend having a baby and an iPod sleeve for my sis. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. CIndy G. says:

    I am still in the planning stages of an “Embroider the Sky for 2013” project (one French knot a day). I’ve been dutifully recording the appearance of the daily sky (at around 11 am), and will be plotting out the design soon. Then, I’ll be going French knot crazy! I need to start before the end of March so I don’t feel too far behind… Once I get caught up, it’ll be much easier to stay caught up.

    And, I love this bookmark project! I’m going to see what I have on hand for supplies (but I can’t start it until I start my sky project 🙂 ).

  53. Rose says:

    Love the cutwork! I am finishing off a cross-stitch piece of 3 baby owls. I have too many UFOs, and my goal this year was to finish 2, before I begin a new one.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  54. Kayla says:

    I’m just learning how to stitch through a baby bib! But these ideas open up a world of possibilities!

  55. Fenna says:

    I don’t do a lot of handstitching–usually only as embellishments for my sewing so I’d love to learn some techniques to give it a good go!

  56. My current project is a quilt for a friend newly diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s mainly in her favorite color–RED–with some black and a leetle bit of pink for pop. There is some great silk dupioni in there with the batiks and cotton prints, and it’s looking pretty good.

  57. Irina says:

    What a lovely project! I’m learning some embroidery stitches at the moment and this would be a great project to do.
    I’ve been making some of this bags lately:
    Thanks for the chance!

  58. Christine M says:

    I love that cutwork embroidery. I currently doing a stitchery with a sewing them. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  59. Jennyroo says:

    I’m working on a Sashiko pillow top!

  60. I love Aimee Ray’s books. Currently I am stitching a hand embroidery design from Urban Threads.

  61. Seanna Lea says:

    Very cute. It is always nice to see another idea for embroidery.

  62. Cinnamon says:

    I am (still) stitching away on a Christmas elf pattern from Wee Wonderfuls, but I have some AMH embroidery patterns waiting in the wings!

  63. anna gerard says:

    Nothing this week..getting ready to move! Can’t wait to be able to do some handwork when we’re settled.

  64. rikki says:

    I’m working on a plush toy dog for my daughter… it’s a dog made out of fabric with little bears on it…

  65. Lorrie says:

    Such a cute project. I’m sewing up Easter dresses for two little girls this week. And hopefully a couple of bunnies for their baskets.

  66. Gali katz says:

    I’m stitching a cute baby blanket.

  67. MelodyJ says:

    My first stitching project is going to be a tea towel.

  68. Debbie says:

    This would be a cute headband or belt.

  69. Savannagal says:

    Right now I’m shortening slacks. Nothing especially fun. But it needs to be done.

  70. Sarah says:

    I’m stitching (or hand quilting) overlapping running stitch circles in random bright colours on navy shot cotton. I have a couple of doodle stitch books, and I’d love to add to my library.

  71. melissa says:

    I’m working on a sampler.

  72. lynaeve says:

    currently I’m working on a super mario scene.

  73. Tammy says:

    Those are so pretty! I just may have to try my hand at one!

    I have a table runner in the works. It is all pieced and ready to quilt!

  74. Joy says:

    These bookmarks are adorable

  75. Kay says:

    I am cross stitching a lovely Lizzie Kate design, and am about to design some wedding bunting to make for a friend. Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

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