May Free Design: Embroidered Bookmark

May 1, 2018By Joanne BankoFree Design of the Month, Holiday, Projects 12 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

The Brother Free Design for this month is a beautiful decorative buttonhole. In this project you’ll find a Free Bonus Design and a blank bookmark design file. Combine the two designs together, add some lettering to personalize the bookmark, and you have the makings of a great little gift. Why not make one for Mom to help her celebrate Mother’s day?

Materials and Supplies

Click Here to Download the Brother Free Design of the Month

  • Design size: 1.81” High X 0.99″ Wide

May Free Design of the Month

Steps to Create Book Marker

  1. Transfer free rose buttonhole design and bonus bookmark (appliqué) design to your machine. Open bookmark design. Add buttonhole design. Rotate buttonhole design 180 degrees to the left so that the buttonhole is at the top and the majority of the flowers are at the bottom. Next, center the buttonhole at the top of the bookmark. Add lettering to fit as desired. See Figure #1.
Figure #1
Tip: You may want to save design combination in case you need to stop before you finish.
  1. Tightly hoop two pieces of the water-soluble stabilizer in 5 X 7 hoop.
Note: This design is stitched in a special order. Be sure to follow the directions so the design elements are hidden on the backside of the bookmark, the buttonhole goes through all layers and the satin stitching on bookmark is last.
  • Begin by stitching the Appliqué Material placement line. See Figure #2.
Figure #2
  • Tape first appliqué piece over the line making sure it covers completely with approximately ½-inch margin all around. Be generous with taping the raw edges, taping close to the raw edge on all sides.
  1. Stitch Appliqué Position next. See Figure #3.
Figure #3
  • Remove tape. Carefully trim excess fabric beyond the straight stitching. See Figure #4.
Tip: When performing this step, be sure you do not distort the fabric in the hoop.
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Figure #4
  1. Skip forward to advance to leaves around buttonhole. Stitch leaves and roses, skip buttonhole, and then embroider lettering. See Figure #5.
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Figure #5
  • Return to the beginning of the combined design and skip to the Appliqué Position. Carefully remove the hoop from the machine and place it upside down on a flat surface. Without distorting fabric, tape second appliqué piece in place on the backside of the hoop generously taping so tape overlaps by approximately 1/2-inch. See Figure #6.
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Figure #6
  • Change bobbin to match upper thread. At this point you will achieve the best results by increasing your upper tension slightly.
  • Generally, it is good to increase upper tension by one whole number to balance the satin stitching on the raw edge. Note that this may vary from machine to machine. Be sure to return to normal tension once satin stitching is finished. Place hoop back on machine. Stitch the Appliqué Position. Remove from machine, remove tape, and carefully trim as you did for the top piece. See Figure #7.
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Figure #7
  • Advance to Appliqué to stitch the tack down and satin outline. Now return to the buttonhole. Advance to buttonhole and stitch last to finish. See Figure #8a and #8b.
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Figure #8a
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Figure #8b
  1. Remove from hoop. Trim excess stabilizer.

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  • Gently wash out excess stabilizer. Let dry and press. Open buttonhole and insert ribbon at top of marker. You are finished! Enjoy!


  • Stitch entire design on felt hooped with tear-away. When finished apply interfacing to the back to cover the stitches. Trim close to satin stitching and open buttonhole from the topside. As an alternative you could fuse a piece of fabric over the back using a fusible webbing product designed for appliqués.


  • I could not download the blank bookmark design. Could only reach a 404 error page.
    I was able to download the free May design. Thanks for the cute projects.

    • Hi Lynette,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      I apologize for the bad link on the latest Free Design blog. I will reach out to the appropriate department and remedy this situation. I will be back in touch.


      The Brother Sews Team

    • Hi Lynette!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write. It’s nice to know that you like the projects. You should be good to go now if you click on the link for the free bookmark design in the supply list. Let us know if you need any more help.

  • What a versatile and useful little project! It is suitable for any occasion with the personal text you suggest. A special “Thank you” for anyone, “”Study hard!” for a student, etc. Great instructions, Joanne, as usual.

  • Thanks, Joanne! I am making tote bags for some friends to carry to Bible study; this will be perfect done in linen, with a Bible verse embroidered on them!

    • You are welcome Maggie!

      Wow! Your idea for adding a verse is wonderful!!! You are right. Linen would make a beautiful book marker. I like to purchase linen in packages sold for hand embroidery. The finer the count the better as the details show up nicely on fine count linen. Happy Sewing and thanks so much for sharing your ideas 🙂

  • I just downloaded your bookmark for mothers. I have alot of scrap material and I would like to use this bookmark just using different pieces of fabric without the writting. Is this okay for me to use your bookmark design that way? I sell items at small craft shows.
    Thank you in advance
    Phyllis Stanley

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