Reverse Applique Heart Bookmark

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

These cheerful Valentine 3-heart reverse applique bookmarks are the perfect project to make for the special someone in your life who enjoys reading. Janome Maker Milinda Stephenson created, digitized and embroidered these bookmarks using the Horizon Memory Craft 15000. Make them for Valentine's Day in February! 

Janome Supplies Required
  • Tear-away stabilizer
  • 2" squares of three contrasting fabrics for reverse applique hearts
  • 8" x 3" felt for bookmark front
  • 8" x 3" contrasting fabric for bookmark back 
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery scissors for trimming reverse applique
  • Spray basting adhesive

Click here to download the .JEF file.

Step 1: Prepare to Embroider

  • Hoop the tear-away stabilizer and place in the machine.

Step 2: Embroider Outline, Place Hearts, Bookmark Front

  • Embroider color 1 - outline stitch of the three hearts and the bookmark
  • After embroidering, you will see where to place your fabric squares for the hearts. You may need to trim your squares to size. Spray each square with spray adhesive and place within the stitched squares.
  • Center the 8" x 3" felt bookmark front over the bookmark outline. 

Step 3: Embroider Sew-Down for Bookmark Front and Heart Outlines

  • Embroider color 2 - bookmark sew-down
  • Embroider color 3 - heart outlines

Step 4: Trim the Hearts, Sew Reverse Applique

  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the embroidery from the hoop.
  • Using embroidery scissors, trim away the heart centers about a 1/4" away from the heart outline.
  • Replace the hoop on the machine.
  • Embroidery color 4 - heart applique

Step 5: Bookmark Backing

  • Slide 8" x 3" contrasting bookmark back beneath the bookmark being certain to center.
  • Sew color 5 - bookmark outline
  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Trim around the heart bookmark front and back to prepare for satin edge.

Step 6: Satin Edge

  • Replace the hoop in the machine.
  • Sew color 6 - satin stitch outline

*Note: If you wish to use ribbon decoration, center the ribbon at the bottom of the bookmark and tape down before sewing color 6. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
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I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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