BOOKMARKED! Free Pattern!

Rose Stem -Bookmark
Rose Stem -Bookmark

I quilted this bookmark as a gift for an unknown recipient in Japan! I used scraps (some as small as ¾” square!) of my precious Fossil Fern Fabric (by Bernatex) to piece the rose stem. It was totally improvised on a piece of fusible fabric stabilizer 2.5″ X 9″. When I discovered it could not be done in a single piece, I made a diagonal cut below the upper leaf, and pieced the lower leaf separately. The bud was an afterthought!

I have made a paper piecing template for the bookmark which can be downloaded here Bookmark -Rose Stem Paper piecing Templates. Remember to print the templates in the landscape mode of your printer! The instructions can also be downloaded separately as a .pdf file, as I have not been able to work out how to put the instructions and templates in a single file Bookmark -Rose Stem -Instructions L It is presumed that you know how to do foundation paper piecing! There are several great tutorials available online too!

( I used QuiltAssistant free software by for making the pattern! I absolutely love it!)

Foundation Paper Piecing Template – Rose – Bookmark (2.5″x 8″)



Fabric Requirement

  • Scraps of light coloured fabric for background (Coded 1)
  • Green for leaves – I used three shades of green (Coded 6, 4 and 3 – dark to light)
  • Scraps in any colour of your choice for the flower and bud – I used 5 shades (Coded 9,2,7,8,5 – dark to light).
  • 2″ wide strip fabric for binding – 25″ long
  • 3″ X 9″ piece of fabric for back
  • 3″ X 9″ piece of heavy batting. You could use a double layer instead, if you do not have heavy batting.

Piecing and Binding

  • Print Paper piecing templates file. Remember to print this in landscape mode! There are 4 templates, A,B, C and D.
  • Reduce machine stitch length to 1 or 1.5 before you start piecing. You can trim the seam to about 1/6″, as the pieces are so small. Finger press to flatten after joining each piece. Do not trim the fabric that extend beyond the edges at this stage.
  • Using master template given below as guide, join the pieced templates.
  • Layer with batting and backing and quilt closely on background to highlight the flower and leaves. It would look even nicer hand quilted, I think!
  • Trim to 8″ X 2.5″
  • Binding
    • Double the binding strip length wise.
    • Cut 2 lengths X 9″ and 2 lengths 3″
    • Attach first to the longer sides and hem/ sew to the back. Trim binding at the ends.
    • Fold shorter edge of binding inside before you attach it to the width of the bookmark for a neat finish.

*Suggestion – Trace templates on to fusible stabilizer and use that for foundation piecing, as it may be difficult to remove paper from such tiny pieces.*

Master Template
Rose Stem Bookmark Master Template

So go ahead, make your own bookmark!

Quilted Bookmark 2.5
Quilted bookmark – Rose Stem

…and do link back to share your bookmarks if you decide to make them!

Bookmark -Rose Stem Paper piecing Templates – Please print in landscape mode

Bookmark -Rose Stem -Instructions 

Update : November 2016. 

I recently had the ocassion to make this bookmark and have revised the master template and added some details to the instructions. I used the freezer paper method to piece the templates and could avoid having to take off tiny bits of paper after piecing! As you can see, I also did a button hole stitch on the edges instead of binding them.