Tutorial/Postcards

Fabric Postcard

 Scraps!

We all have them. Some quilters cut them up into various sized squares or strips, some quilters hide them in a basket, some quilters make Yo-Yos from them, some quilters use them in miniatures, some quilters make Crazy Quilt Blocks from them, some quilters donate them to schools or beginner quilters.  I have done all of the above.

One thing for sure is that few quilters throw them away. The price of fabric is too high.

Today, in my effort to tame the scrap monster that lives in my sewing room I am making Fabric Postcards.  I don’t know if you have seen these adorable, and functional little things, but after you read this post, I can almost guarantee that you will want to make one or four for yourself.

These a perfect for cheering up an old friend, or just to let a lonely college student know that you are thinking of them.

Okay, here we go.

Our Mission: To make a Fabric Postcard

Materials Needed:

  • Scraps of fabric, all sizes and colors. They don’t have to be cottons.
  • flannel or batting scraps  7″ x 5″ is a good size
  • Cardstock or other heavy weight paper. You also need a sewing machine that can straight stitch and zig-zag and thread.  A rotary cutter, ruler, mat and an iron are also helpful, but you could probably get by without them.

    Procedure:

    1.  I start with either a piece of batting or a piece of flannel. It has to be larger than 4″ x 6″ . (I actually like 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ )     This is your foundation for the postcard fabrics.

    2. Sew you fabrics onto this foundation in any way you like.

    * They can be string pieced.

    * They can be crazy patch pieced around a center fabric.

    * They can be fused on.

     

    This is one way to make your postcard. I started with a center piece and added pieces randomly in a crazy quilt style around the center.

    You just keep adding pieces around and around until you have covered the entire piece of flannel. If you have lots of small pieces you can “pre-piece” them by sewing them together before you sew them to your foundation.  See bottom right in the picture below.

     

    When you flip it over it will look something like this.

    Pretty messy, but that is okay because we are going to hide it…….

    postcard back

    3. You want to make sure it is bigger than your postcard. I cut a 4″ X 6″ rectangle from a piece of card stock. You can get several from one sheet.

    Postcard backing

    4. Make sure there is room all around your card.

    ****Important Tip: Don’t cut your fabric down to size and try to sew it to a card. It will stretch and not fit well. Leave you fabric bigger and plan to cut it after  you sew it to your card. ****** Learn from other people’s mistakes, It saves you so much time.

    5. Change the settings and sewing foot on your sewing machine.

    Of course your machine is going to be different,

     but I offer what I do as a guideline and it may help you a little.

    I change the foot to a zig-zag foot.

    I use a zig- zag stitch.

    I set the stitch width at 3.5

    I set the stitch length at .75

    I set the needle to end in a down position. This is wonderful for turning corners.

    machine setup

    stitching

    5. Zig Zag stitch all the way around your card. It doesn’t need to be perfect. It goes very quickly.


    Here you can see what it looks like after you have stitched all around the postcard.

    You can see that I don’t use too tight of a zig zag stitch. This is a personal choice.

    Finished Stitching

    Finished Stitching

    (Yes this is another postcard. I make lots of these!)

    Trimming

    6. Carefully trim away the excess fabric. Take your time and go slow. You don’t want to cut into the stitching.

    Finished Postcards

    Another Sample

    7. Turn the card over. Write the address on the right hand side and your note on the left. Stick a postcard stamp on the upper right hand corner and drop it in the mailbox. It will make someone’s day!  It works, I use them all the time!

    Have Fun!

    I would love to know what you think. Have you ever made a fabric postcard? Do you think you will make one now? Any suggestions?  :)

     

2 comments

  1. Mary Brandt says:

    Really wonderful designs and such a good idea. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. Nice job!

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