How to Make Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

Last Updated on June 4, 2022 by Ellen Christian

If you’d like to learn how to make a ribbon embroidery bookmark, keep reading. Check out this easy silk ribbon embroidery bookmark tutorial.

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Simple handmade Christmas gifts are always high on my list of craft projects to work on.  I do love to craft but I don’t have a lot of time to work on large, complicated crafts. I prefer simple handmade Christmas gifts that I can complete in an afternoon. 

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

 Silk ribbon embroidery is a craft that looks like it takes much longer than it actually does.  You can do silk ribbon embroidery on cross stitch material, embroidery material, clothes, pillows, and even on heavy card stock to create a beautiful silk ribbon embroidery bookmark.

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

What type of silk ribbon do I need?

Silk ribbon embroidery is a hand embroidery technique that uses 100%  pure silk ribbon and six strand cotton embroidery floss.  The stitches are sewn using a crewel needle which has a larger eye that makes it possible to thread the silk ribbon through it.

You need 100% silk ribbons when you do embroidery. This set is a great starter set that has a wide variety of colors.

It’s very important when you are creating the stitches that you make sure to keep the ribbon flat, smooth, and loose. do not allow it to curl and fold or your designs won’t come out correctly.

There are many different types of stitches you can make.  I’ve been doing silk ribbon embroidery for a while and still tend to stick to the basic silk ribbon embroidery stitches.

Simple Handmade Christmas Gifts


If you'd like to learn how to make a ribbon embroidery bookmark, keep reading. Check out this easy silk ribbon embroidery bookmark tutorial.

Where to buy silk ribbon for embroidery

You may be able to find it in your local craft store. But, I usually get mine from Amazon.

Simple Handmade Christmas Gifts

Using the basic silk ribbon embroidery stitches, choose a design that works well for your bookmark.  You can do a random flower pattern all over the bookmark or only at the edge or only on one corner.  

Simple handmade Christmas gifts

It really depends on what you like. I’m going to create a series of looped flowers on my silk ribbon embroidery bookmark. 

Simple handmade Christmas gifts

For the center of the flower, I am using different colored brads. You can leave it blank if you prefer.

Simple handmade Christmas gifts


Yield: 1

How to Make Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bookmark

If you’d like to learn how to make a ribbon embroidery bookmark, keep reading. Check out this easy silk ribbon embroidery bookmark tutorial.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty moderate


  • A variety of pure silk ribbons in 18″ lengths
  • Crewel needle
  • White embroidery floss
  • Heavy cardboard stock for the bookmark back
  • Brads (optional)


  • crewel needles


  1. Thread the silk ribbon through the crewel needle.
  2. Make a small pencil dot in the center of where the flower will be.
  3. Using the outer color of the ribbon, pierce the paper bookmark toward the center.
  4. Gently create one side of the flower petal. Do not pull the ribbon tight.
  5. Pierce the top of the petal and pull the ribbon through slowly. Do not pull tight.
  6. Pierce the bottom of the petal toward the center to complete the first petal.
  7. Continue making 4 or 5 petals.
  8. Use a different color ribbon and create the inner color of the petal.
  9. Repeat the process, being sure to stay inside the outer color.
  10. Complete the flower.
  11. Use the same process to add 2 or three leaves.
  12. Add a colorful brad in the center.

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