Tuesday’s Tutorial: Stocking Stuffer For The Bookworm

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Today’s tutorial is a Macrame Bookmark perfect for a student or someone who loves to read or write. It has a Winter theme with snowflakes and Snowmen and would make a great Christmas stocking stuffer.


Supplies/Tools Needed to Make Bookmark

  • 6 yards of 2mm braided macrame cord
  • 4 medium sized buttons with 2 holes
  • 2 silver snowflakes
  • scissors
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • large hole metal tapestry needle

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Directions to Make Macrame Bookmark

Step 1.

Cut 1 cord 1 1/2 yards long. (Filler cord)
Cut 1 cord 4 1/2 yards long. (Tying cord)

Step 2 – Adding Buttons and Snowflake.

Find the center of the 1 1/2 yard cord.

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String one end of cord through the 1st button, silver snowflake and 2nd button. Center so cord ends measure evenly. (See photo)

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Pull cords tight so buttons fit tight against silver snowflake like a sandwich.

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Step 3 – Adding Tying Cord.

Find center of 4 1/2 yard cord and position it UNDER the filler cords. Tie one Square Knot (SK) with the tying cords, the longer cords. Slide knot up close to the buttons.

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Step 4 – Tying the top Square Knot Button.

Drop down 1/4″ and tie a Square Knot Button consisting of 7 square knots. In a row. This is called a Sinnet. SK Button will hold a pen or pencil.

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Take filler cords (the middle cords) and go up and through the holes created. Front to back. Pull down to form a Square Knot Button.

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Tie one SK under the SK Button to secure it.

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Step 5 – Tying Square Knot Sinnet.

Tie 12″ of square knots. In a row. One after the other.

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Step 6 – Tying the Bottom Square Knot Button.

Drop down 1/4″ and tie a Square Knot Button consisting of 7 square knots. Same as you did in Step 4.

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Tie TWO square knots under the SK Button.

That completes the knot tying and now you will bury all cords except ONE FILLER CORD. That cord will be used to string the last buttons and silver snowflake. Using the large hole metal needle, bury one cord at a time, from the back, going up through the knotwork. (See photo)

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Step 7 – Adding Bottom Buttons and Snowflake.

String cord through buttons and silver snowflake per the photo. Pull cords tight so buttons fit tight against the silver snowflake like a sandwich.

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Step 8.

To finish off cord end: Tie around base of the cord or hand sew together. Trim cord end.

All done. Finished and ready to enjoy for yourself or to give as a gift.

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Bookmark measures 14″.

Variations: Make longer or shorter by adjusting cord lengths. Use whatever buttons or decorations preferred. Omit bottom square knot button if wish.

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7 comments on “Tuesday’s Tutorial: Stocking Stuffer For The Bookworm

  1. Judah says:

    That is so pretty! Love it!

  2. Manny says:

    Donna, thankyou for this tutorial. I like it! πŸ™‚ It’s so simple, and yet so cool. The part that got my attention was the ring you created to hold the pen, or pensil. Donna, I’m a little bid exited today, because I order my first Macrame book. It’s titled: “The Macrame Book.” by Helene Bress. I haven’t seen the inside, nor I know how this book is for a begginer. I am hoping I can understand it and able to fallow through on some of the projects. Thankyou for your tutorials. You have nice clear pictures.

    I tell you Donna. The other day I learned how to do the alternating half hitching on a ring. I had some twisted multicolor cord number 18 on hand. The one that constructors workers use. I used it to make a pair of earings for my daughter. I had a couple of rings about the size of a quarter in the shape of a heart. The earings came out great! and the multicolor cord gave it a unique rainbow personality. πŸ™‚

    Peace,
    Manny.

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Manny, I have that book. It is from 1972 and is excellent for a beginner to learn how to tie knots. Has great illustrations. Though all of the inside is in black and white, you will still be able to pick up how to macrame. Glad to hear you are making stuff. Keep at it!! Let me know if you need help.

      For some really nice macrame projects, check out these books at Kings Kountry. I have most of them.

      http://www.kingskountry.com/bks-enjoy-macrame.htm

      • Manny says:

        Donna,

        Thankyou for the link. Lots of goodies there. Some good prices too. I also want to thankyou for offering your help to me. I might take your word on it one of this days. πŸ˜‰ You are very knowledgeable in Macrame.

        Peace,
        Manny.

  3. crystal says:

    Great photos, as always, Donna! I love the color scheme here. There’s just something about blue with silver snowflakes! πŸ™‚

    I know you though…. you are already thinking of variations – like red and green with santas or reindeer, maybe?
    or red and black with penguins! πŸ˜‰

    • don_mae says:

      You DO know me!! Yep, I already have some ideas for bookmarks for kids. I just have to get them made. Thanks for the other ideas!!

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