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Zoo Animal Bookmark

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Materials
  • 5"x7" hoop
  • Embroidery needle size 80/12
  • Embroidery thread (40 wt.; Robison-Anton poly.)
  • Two 4"x7" pieces of 100% cotton fabric
  • One 4"x7" piece of cutaway stabilizer (2.5 oz.)
  • One 4"x7" piece of low nap quilt batting
  • Water soluble stabilizer
  • 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Computer Software Program (Embrilliance Essentials), optional

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    ITH Zoo Animal Bookmark.  Make story time more interesting with a personalized bookmark of your child's favorite zoo animal.  Choose from 10 different zoo animals.  


    Step 1:
    Read all the directions before beginning the project.   Gather supplies and materials. 
     
    Cut two 4"x7" pieces of cotton fabric.   Cut one 4"x7" piece of medium weight stabilizer.  Cut one 4"x7" piece of low nap quilt batting.  


    Step 2:
    A name may be added to personalize the bookmarks.  A computer software program (Embrilliance Essentials) was used to add a name to the design.  Another way to personalize the bookmark is using a built-in font program found on most embroidery machines.   
     
    Names were added to the design using the  Comic Sans font.  


    Step 3:
    Hoop one piece of water soluble stabilizer.


    Step 4:
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     Load the design on your machine.  Put an 80/12 embroidery needle on your machine.  Check your bobbin area for debris.  Check for an adequate amount of thread on the bobbin.  
     
    Stitch COLOR 1.  Color 1 will be the placement stitch for all bookmarks in the set.  
     
     
     
     


    Step 5:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, but DO NOT remove the project from the hoop.  
     
    Lightly mist the placement stitch area with a temporary adhesive spray.  Gently press one piece of 4"x7" piece of cutaway stabilizer onto the hooped stabilizer.  Surface should be smooth and wrinkle free.                                             


    Step 6:
    Lightly mist the surface of the 4"x7" piece of cutaway stabilizer with a temporary adhesive spray.  Gently press one piece of 4"x7" piece of  low nap quilt batting onto the cutaway stabilizer.  Surface should be smooth and wrinkle free.



    Step 7:
    Lightly mist the surface of the 4"x7" piece of quilt batting with a temporary adhesive spray.  Gently press one piece of 4"x7" cotton fabric onto the quilt batting.   Surface should be smooth and wrinkle free.  
     
    Repeat this step for the back of the hoop.  Turn the hoop over so that the back is facing you.  Lightly mist the water soluble stabilizer with temporary adhesive spray.   Gently press one piece of 4"x7" cotton fabric onto the stabilizer.  Surface should be smooth and wrinkle free.
     


    Step 8:
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    For the giraffe design, stitch COLOR 2.    Color 2 is a small bit of detail at the neck of the giraffe.


    Step 9:
    Stitch COLOR 3.  Color 3 is an outline stitch of the giraffe's body.
     


    Step 10:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine.  DO NOT remove the project from the hoop.  
     
    Trim away excess fabric from around the design cutting close to the stitches.  Be careful not to cut the stitching.  Repeat from the back of the giraffe.  Turn the hoop over so the back is facing you.  Trim excess fabric from around the design.


    Step 11:
    Stitch color changes 4 thru 10.  These steps add details to the giraffe.
     
    Change the bobbin thread to match COLOR 11.  This color change in the design is the satin edging around the animal.  The standard white bobbin thread sometimes shows through on ITH projects around the edges.  
     
    If added, COLOR 12 change will be the name on the bookmark. 


    Step 12:
    Remove the stitch out from the hoop. Trim the excess stabilizer to about ¼” from the edge.  Trim the long threads if needed on the back of the design.  It’s very difficult to clip/remove a stray thread once you remove the
    water-soluble stabilizer.


    Step 13:
    Remove the water-soluble stabilizer by following the directions on the package.  WSS is usually removed by running hot water on the WSS.  Hold the edges under a tiny stream of running hot water just until the WSS is no longer visible around the edges.
     
    Lay the bookmarks on a wax paper or parchment paper to dry overnight.  


    Step 14:
    You finished the bookmark!  Great job!


    Step 15:
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    WTG!  

    beautiful things are made one stitch at a time...
     
     
    Marisa Littleton 


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    Meet The Author: Marisa Littleton
    Marisa Littleton is a retired educator with a love for teaching and learning. Interests include machine embroidery, hand embroidery, quilting, cooking, and antiques.

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