Hand Stitched Bookmarks for Kids

Hand Stitched Bookmarks

School is almost out for us and I am hoping, as I always do but also always seem to fall short, to have my kids read a lot this summer vacation.  A fun way to get kids involved in reading is to have them make their own bookmarks.  I put together this bookmark tutorial for the girls in my Activity Days group.  They are 10-11 years old and I would say that this project was at an intermediate difficulty.  I thought it would be easier for them and maybe it would have if I had explained it better.  I didn’t think it was that hard and maybe I will try it with my daughters and see if they can catch on quicker.

DIY Summer Reading BookmarksI used my Silhouette CAMEO’s rhinestone setting to make the holes in my flower shape.  The rhinestone settings are in the designer edition software.   If you don’t have the designer edition or don’t have a Silhouette, you could use a needle and poke holes along the image that you want to stitch.  I had cut out the bookmark template with the holes already and just had the girls pick their embroidery thread colors to stitch their flower bookmarks with.

Hand stitched bookmarks for kids tutorial

1. Start by wrapping the end of the embroidery floss in tape.

2.  You can start with the stem or with the flower.  Allow plenty of thread slack and start to stitch through the holes using a backstitch.  You can see in step two that I have started to do the stitch down for my flower stem.  Instead of starting in the first hole, I come up through the backside of the second hole and then lace my thread down through the first hole.  Next I would bring my thread up through the third hole and lace it back down through the second and so on.

3.  Turn the bookmark over and use the two ends and tie the loose threads in a knot.

4. Switch colors for the stem and stitch with a backstitch. Complete steps 2 and 3 for the stem as well.

5.  Tie a little tassel to the top of the bookmark.  Cut some pieces of embroidery thread and fold them in half.  Insert the folded edge into the front of the bookmark.

6.  Take the tail of the tassel and put it through the loop that you made in step 5.  Pull carefully to secure.

DIY Easy bookmarks for kids


Some tips that I wish I would have really reiterated to the kids when I helped them make these bookmarks is:

-Get a generous length of embroidery thread and make sure to pull it through carefully all the way each time.  We had to re-thread a few bookmarks because they didn’t leave enough thread.

-Have all the kids start at one place, either the flower or the stem.

-Run through a few examples of backstitching before having the kids start on their own bookmarks.

diy bookmarks for kidsI had all these supplies on hand so making these bookmarks didn’t cost me anything.  You might have most of the items already on hand.  If not, here is a supply list:

Bookworm Gummy worm treat

The whole activity consisted of the girls discussing some books for a summer reading list and then making the bookmarks.  At the end of the activity I sent the girls home with a cute little Keep Reading Bookworm gummy worm treat.   A great activity to kick off summer reading!

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  1. Love this idea Lisa! Pinning and am going to do this with my kids this summer. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is amazing!!!! Like completely amazing!!! I knew that my machine could do rhinestones, but I have never been interested in figuring out how. But you have opened up a whole WORLD of ideas. Please link up to our link up party this week, I would love to feature this project!!! I super duper love it and will now have a great craft for my girl scouts at our next meeting!!!!!!

  3. What a great stitching project for kids! And brilliant tip with tape wrap, didn’t think about that trick at all!