Skunk Bookmark

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Skunk bookmark tutorial

This week, Benzie is delighted to bring you a tutorial from guest blogger Jennifer Long of @beesewinspired. Jennifer is the creator of numerous doll and quilt patterns and wants others to feel empowered to sew for themselves. February is “I love to read” month. What better way to celebrate reading and the month of love than with her adorable machine embroidered bookmark?

Hello! This is Jennifer Long of Bee Sew Inspired - modern rag doll designer, educator and Riley Blake fabric designer. As a maker, I enjoy showing family, friends and teachers how much I love them by giving them homemade gifts! It is so rewarding to witness them actually using and enjoying those gifts in their every day lives. Meant for use, this felt bookmark is stabilized and will never tear! Are you ready to make this adorable skunk bookmark with me?

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Project supplies

Supplies:

Embroidery Machine
6 x 10" or larger Embroidery Machine Hoop
Two 9 x 12" sheets of Fuchsia Wool Blend Felt
One 9 x 12" sheet of Black Wool Blend Felt
One 9 x 12" sheet of White Wool Blend Felt
Embroidery Threads
Scissors
Applique Scissors
Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive
Stitch n Sew Sew-In Stabilizer, Medium weight
Skunk Bookmark Embroidery Machine Files(click to download)

*Enter download code BENZIESKUNK at www.beesewinspired.com to get the digital files for free!

Directions:

Each Skunk Bookmark is made in one complete hooping. You will need to have at least a 6 x 10" hoop on your machine. Begin by placing your Stich n Sew stabilizer in your hoop.

Embroidery machine hoop

Stitching the Bookmark Outline

1. Placement: Stitch out Step 1 so you know where to place your felt fabric.

2. Tackdown: Using a coordinating thread color, place the main felt fabric face up over the entire placement stitch. Stitch out the tackdown step.

Placement and tackdown steps

Stitching the Skunk

3. Placement: Stitch out Step 3 so you know where to place your felt fabric.

4. Tackdown: Place the black felt fabric over the entire placement stitch. Using black embroidery thread, stitch out the tackdown step using a triple stitch outline. Use applique scissors to trim closely around the outside perimeter of the skunk applique.

Stitching skunk body

5. Head Detail: Change to a white embroidery thread and repeat the placement and tackdown stitch directions from above for the white fur accent on the head.

6. Tail Detail: Continue using white thread to stitch out the white fur accent on the tail.

Stitching white fur details

7. Eyes and Nose Details: Change to a charcoal thread color and stitch out the eye lashes and nose details.

8. Pink Hearts: Change to a pink thread color and stitch out the heart details.

Stitching details

Stitching Text

9. Text: Using the color of choice for the lettering, stitch out Step 9 to say “I love you so stinking much."

Adding embroidered text

Backing the Bookmark

10. Remove the hoop from the machine and flip upside down. Spray the back of the stitched area with Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive. Press a coordinating piece of felt on the back side of the hoop. Flip the hoop right side up and reattach the hoop to the machine.

Spray adhesive

Finishing the Bookmark

11. Change to a coordinating thread color and stitch the outline finishing step through all the layers of felt and stabilizer.

Adding outline stitches

12. Remove project from the hoop and place on your cutting mat. Use a ruler and a rotary cutter (or straight scissors) to cut around the outside perimeter of the final stitch line, leaving a 1/8” border.

Trimming bookmark border

Your Valentine Skunk Bookmark is complete! Repeat this process to make gifts for loved ones and teachers.

Finished bookmark

Thank you for joining me for this fun and whimsical tutorial. Make sure you sign up for the Bee Sew Inspired Newsletter at www.beesewinspired.com to be inspired with lots of projects, patterns, videos and more!

Finished skunk bookmark

Thank you to Jennifer for designing and writing this tutorial and for the free digital files. You can follow her on Instagram @beesewinspired or visit her website. Stay tuned for more tutorials from Benzie Design!

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