Learn Fishbone stitch with our step-by-step guide
Learn fishbone stitch and embroider a thoughtful gift for an avid reader with Mollie Johanson’s botanical bookmark.
Free botanical embroidery bookmark pattern
Tracing the leaf design
Download and print the Free fishbone stitch botanical bookmark pattern template
Place the main fabric right side (RS) up on top of the template. The design should be positioned centrally beneath the fabric.
Trace over the outlines lightly in pencil or with an erasable pen.
Working the leaf embroidery
Use three strands of stranded cotton for all the stitching as this will fill the design area well. If you want to use a different thread then practise a few stitches first on spare fabric.
Embroider each leaf in fishbone stitch using two shades of green. The leaves on the right are worked in dark green and the leaves on the left in light green.
To stitch the top leaf with both shades, work with both colours at the same time using two needles, alternating between the two sides.
Stitch the centre line in chain stitch using grey stranded cotton.
Making the bookmark
Trim the embroidered linen to 18×6.5cm (71/8×25/8in), making sure that the design is placed centrally.
Pin the front and back of the bookmark with RS together.
Fold the ribbon in half and pin it at the centre of the top of the fabrics between the layers with the raw ends matching up with the fabric edge.
Sew the fabrics together using a 5mm (1/4in) seam allowance, trapping the ribbon loop in place as you go, and leaving an opening in the centre of one long side for turning.
Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
Turn the bookmark RS out then fold the edges of the turning gap to the inside.
Stitch around the edge of the bookmark with running stitch using three strands of grey stranded cotton.
Keep your stitches close to the edge to decorate and hold the turning gap closed.