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.

How To Tie A Macrame Square Knot Button

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Isn’t this macrame purse really pretty.* Though the pattern is decades old, it still works today. Maybe with a different handle. Just wanted to show you what a row of Square Knot Buttons looks like.

Follow along with my tutorial and you can make your own Square Knot Buttons.


How To Tie A Macrame Square Knot Button

Step 1: Find the centers of 2 cords and reverse larks head onto a ring.

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Step 2: Tie Square Knots (I have tied 6) to begin your SK Button. Drop down about 1/4 inch to create an opening for filler cords (the 2 middle cords) to go through.

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Step 3: Continue tying square knots. (I tied 6)

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Step 4: Take the 2 filler cords (the 2 middle cords) and push through the opening created in Step 2. One cord per hole. Front to back.

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Pull middle cords down firmly, tight against the back. A circle of square knots is formed.

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Here’s the side view.
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Here’s the front view.
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Step 5: Tie one square knot with the outer tying cords UNDER the circle of knots to hold button in place.

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Congratulations!! You have just created a Square Knot Button.

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The number of square knots needed to create a button is optional. Use whatever you wish to create the size button you want. I usually use 5 or 6.

If you are creating your own pattern or design, throw in a few of these for variety. Also SK buttons are a quick way to use up longer lengths of cord if for some reason you measured incorrectly and cut cords too long.


Here are photos of a plant hanger with SK Buttons.

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* Picture of Womanly Treasure and Girlish Pleasure found in Macra-Mates, Mother-Daughter Purses. #7411 Plaid Enterprises 1980.

Made More Macrame Plant Hangers

Friday, May 29

Made more plant hangers in the last couple days.  A light blue one. In the same pattern as the gray one I posted the tutorial for.

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Also made a 5 ft lavender plant hanger with square knot buttons. I’ll have to show you how to make the buttons. They are cool, quick and easy to make.

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Plus the SK button is perfect for the “cord switch”. Which is necessary to control cord lengths and ensure you don’t end up with yards and yards of leftover filler cords.

I have a dark brown one almost finished. I cut the cord years ago. I don’t even remember what was planned. I just know that 16 cords of 4 yards each were already on a ring tied with a wrap knot. So… I got started making “something”. It is so far turning out nicely. I am making up the design as I go. It will be a short plant hanger since I only have 2 yard cords to work with. Should be good for hanging on the porch or some spot requiring a smaller plant.

Pictures for the brown one coming up soon. Just wanted to tell you what I am working on now.