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How to Make a Cross Stitched Bookmark for Valentine's Day

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Handmade Valentine's Day gifts are a creative way to share your sentiment with a loved one. Not only are handcrafted gifts affordable, but these also allow you to express your creativity. Try making a card for a friend, or even create a cross stitched bookmark, which is a great gift for people who love to read. Notice how you always lose your page while reading, well then you need a bookmark! Cross stitched bookmarks are easy for people of all ages to create, and here are the supplies needed for this craft:

  • a scrap of plastic canvas mesh
  • pink yarn
  • white yarn
  • a permanent marker
  • scissors
  • a bookmark

Here is the lovely Valentine's Day bookmark I created for a loved one.  An aesthetically pleasing gift for those who are on a budget.
Here is the lovely Valentine's Day bookmark I created for a loved one. An aesthetically pleasing gift for those who are on a budget.

Step One: Cut Out The Bookmark Shape

Cut out the bookmark shape out of the plastic canvas mesh.
Cut out the bookmark shape out of the plastic canvas mesh.

The first thing I did was to take an old bookmark and a permanent marker to trace around it onto a scrap of the plastic canvas mesh. Next, I cut out the bookmark shape and then I drew a heart at the top. As you can see there are a lot of tracings on this leftover mesh from other projects, but I am only going to focus on filling in the heart shape with white. The color surround the white heart is a shimmering pink yarn I picked up the other day.  The entire focus behind this project is being green and using supplies on hand.

Step Two: Begin Stitching On The White Heart

Here I begin to stitch on the white heart.
Here I begin to stitch on the white heart.

Use the scissors to cut off enough white yarn that will not be too cumbersome to stitch. Personally I like to cut off about twenty inches of yarn for cross stitching, but you have to see what works best for you. Thread the yarn through the tapestry needle and begin filling it in with half cross stitches, which is the stitch that is most common for cross stitching on canvas plastic mesh. There are many other stitches you can use on plastic canvas mesh, and I suggest checking a book out of the library to learn about these other techniques.  See, I told you this was a very affordable, and cost effective gift and project.  How many people can say their gift is a labor of love?

Step Three: Continue Stitch In The Heart

Here I continue to stitch in the white heart, which will look nice with the pink background as a contrast.
Here I continue to stitch in the white heart, which will look nice with the pink background as a contrast.

Continue stitch on the white heart using the half cross stitch technique.

Step Four: Finish Stitching The Heart

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Here I finished stitching the heart.Here is the completed heart.  As you can see it begins with a separation at the top, and become fuller towards the middle.  The heart tapers towards the bottom, and is a very simple shape to cross stitch on free hand once you get used to it.  I still
Here I finished stitching the heart.
Here I finished stitching the heart.
Here is the completed heart.  As you can see it begins with a separation at the top, and become fuller towards the middle.  The heart tapers towards the bottom, and is a very simple shape to cross stitch on free hand once you get used to it.  I still
Here is the completed heart. As you can see it begins with a separation at the top, and become fuller towards the middle. The heart tapers towards the bottom, and is a very simple shape to cross stitch on free hand once you get used to it. I still

During this step in the process I finished stitching in the heart. After using the permanent marker to draw the heart on the mesh I get a feel for stitching on the shape, and next time around I will be able to do it free hand.

Step Five: Begin Stitching On The Pink Background

Here I began stitching on the pink yarn that will surround the adorable white yarn heart.
Here I began stitching on the pink yarn that will surround the adorable white yarn heart.

The pink yarn I am used for this project has a lustrous shine, which will give the bookmark a truly festive and fun look.  Here I began to stitch around the heart itself.

Step Six: Continue Stitching Around The Heart

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Here I have continued to stitch around the heart.Stitching around the bookmark is pleasant because I can see my creation coming to life.During this step in the process I have completely stitched around the bookmark, and I must admit it is coming along very nicely!
Here I have continued to stitch around the heart.
Here I have continued to stitch around the heart.
Stitching around the bookmark is pleasant because I can see my creation coming to life.
Stitching around the bookmark is pleasant because I can see my creation coming to life.
During this step in the process I have completely stitched around the bookmark, and I must admit it is coming along very nicely!
During this step in the process I have completely stitched around the bookmark, and I must admit it is coming along very nicely!

Since I like to get the back side of the bookmark as neat as possible I have decided to stitch around the white heart, which will cause less bumping on the underside.

Step Seven: Keep Stitching The Pink Yarn On

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Continue using the half cross stitch technique down the length of the bookmark.The bookmark is looks very appealing with the lustrous pink color being stitched on.Here the bookmark is now halfway cross stitched on, and looking very nice indeed.
Continue using the half cross stitch technique down the length of the bookmark.
Continue using the half cross stitch technique down the length of the bookmark.
The bookmark is looks very appealing with the lustrous pink color being stitched on.
The bookmark is looks very appealing with the lustrous pink color being stitched on.
Here the bookmark is now halfway cross stitched on, and looking very nice indeed.
Here the bookmark is now halfway cross stitched on, and looking very nice indeed.

Step Eight: Almost Finished Cross Stitching On The Pink

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Here the book mark is over half way cross stitched.As I sew on the yarn it is very rewarding to know I am creating this bookmark with my hands.Stitching over the tracings from other projects also shows how scrap plastic canvas mesh can look nice, once it is covered with yarn.The bookmark is almost complete here.The half cross stitching technique is almost as easy as coloring, and just as relaxing.Here the bookmark is almost completed.
Here the book mark is over half way cross stitched.
Here the book mark is over half way cross stitched.
As I sew on the yarn it is very rewarding to know I am creating this bookmark with my hands.
As I sew on the yarn it is very rewarding to know I am creating this bookmark with my hands.
Stitching over the tracings from other projects also shows how scrap plastic canvas mesh can look nice, once it is covered with yarn.
Stitching over the tracings from other projects also shows how scrap plastic canvas mesh can look nice, once it is covered with yarn.
The bookmark is almost complete here.
The bookmark is almost complete here.
The half cross stitching technique is almost as easy as coloring, and just as relaxing.
The half cross stitching technique is almost as easy as coloring, and just as relaxing.
Here the bookmark is almost completed.
Here the bookmark is almost completed.

As I continue to stitch on the pink yarn I am very enthralled to see my bookmark take shape.  Glance at the photos above to see how easy it is to create this project.

Step Nine: The Compled Bookmark

Here I have completed stitching in the bookmark.
Here I have completed stitching in the bookmark.

The bookmark will make a lovely gift for Valentine's Day, especially for the bibliophiles in your life!  Enjoy and get creative today!

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      prettydarkhorse 

      22 months ago from US

      It is also durable. Thanks.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Mary! I hope you enjoy this craft.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      One of my favorite things to do is Counted Cross Stitch. I've never worked with canvas; will have to try that. This Hub was excellent because you showed step by step instructions. Great Job!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Appreciate your comments KoffeeKlatch Gals!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sweetie Pie, nice clar instructions. Great pictures to go with them.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi beadydani,

      You can get the plastic mesh at any crafting store. I actually bought a package of plastic mesh from the Walmart crafting department awhile back, and these six sheets have lasted me along time. I decided to recycle a scrap piece and turn it into the bookmark pictured above. Thanks so much for your sweet comments.

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      beadydani 

      8 years ago from London, England

      Very stunning, great gift idea too. I am a sucker for any form of heart shaped jewellery or accessories. I am actually going to make this for myself as I read a lot!

      Where can I get the plastic mesh you mentioned.

      Thank you for sharing. I hope to see more of your work.

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