This pretty bookmark is a useful item for any readers in your life. It includes three different traditional pojagi techniques, so it is a great project for expanding your stitching skills.
Make a few to give as gifts to teachers or special friends, and be sure to keep one for yourself!
Materials and Supplies
This bookmark uses lightweight linen fabric. Three different colours are used, but only a small amount of each colour. If you know a dressmaker, they may have access to scraps that you can use.
Size 8 or size 12 perle cotton is used. One colour is needed for the stems of the flowers, and another is needed for the other seams.
In pojagi sewing, all the seams are visible and a contrasting colour of thread is traditionally used.
You will also need a small amount of regular sewing thread in a colour to match the flowers.
- Hera marker
- lightweight cardboard for templates
Making the templates
From the cardboard (like a cereal box), cut out the following pieces:
- 2-1/2″ x 10″
- 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
- 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
Mark the dimensions on the templates so that you can use them again in a later project.
Stitching the stems
Cut a piece of linen that is at least 3-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ for the upper part of the bookmark. Do not mark it to size until after the embroidery is done.
With the hera marker, mark the three stems by pressing firmly with a back and forth motion.
Make the stems three different lengths, and keep them in the middle 2″ of the fabric. Let them be a bit wavy and organic. Don’t worry about using a ruler.
After marking with the hera, finger press to set the creases into the fabric.
Stitch the stems with the overcast pinch stitch. Stop the stems about 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric.
Pull the stitches firmly to add dimension to the stitching.
With the flower fabric, make three rolled fabric flowers.
Tack these onto the bookmark at the top of the stems using regular sewing thread.
Place the flowers at different angles for interest.
Using the 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ template, mark the edge of the upper piece with the hera marker. Pinch the seams to set in the creases, and trim 1/4″ away from the creased lines. Those will be the stitching lines.
Check out this tutorial for more information on marking for the pojagi seams.
Assembling the bookmark
Prepare pieces for the backing fabric using the 2-1/2″ x 10″ and 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ templates.
Join the smaller piece to the upper bookmark piece using the unlined pojagi seam method.
Stitch the front and back pieces together using the same pojagi seam technique.
Enjoy this bookmark and play with different colours to make more.
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Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.