Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!
Recently, I participated in an Instagram-based modern fabric postcard swap. Check out the great pictures under the hashtag #modernfabricpostcardswap!
Several people asked me how I made my cards so I thought a step-by-step tutorial would be helpful to post here on my blog with some pictures.
Fabric postcards are quick and easy to make and you can use leftover scraps from other projects. You can piece them traditionally, paper-piece them, or use applique. My one suggestion is to not embellish the cards with any 3-D type materials if your intent is to mail the card by itself. You don’t want the postal machines to get jammed up!
These cards are suitable to mail by themselves. You don’t need to put them in an envelope, and you only need 1 first-class stamp for domestic postage. If you are mailing them internationally, you’ll probably need a little more postage.
Here are the 3 postcards that I made for the swap:
- (1) 4″ x 6″ piece of white cardstock (or white fabric)
- (1) 4″ x 6″ piece of Heat n’ Bond lite (or any light weight, double-sided fusible)
- (1) 4″ x 6″ piece of Timtex interfacing (or any firm, one-sided fusible)
- (1) 4″ x 6″ fabric top (any technique)
How to Make the Fabric Postcard
Step 1: Piece the fabric top of your postcard using any technique – improvised piecing, paper-piecing, applique. No pattern needed just use your imagination! I often start with a focus fabric and then build from there.
Step 2: Press your fabric top to the Timtex interfacing. I use a towel to protect my ironing board from any adhesive.
Step 3: Quilt the fabric top to the interfacing to give it structure and stability. You can straight-line stitch or practice your free-motion quilting. It’s up to you!
Step 4: On the white cardstock or white fabric, write the word “POSTCARD” across the top portion on one side. Add a divider line and address lines. If you use white cardstock, then any archival thin-tipped marker works well. I use a Micron pen. If you use white fabric, practice on a scrap first because you may need a special fabric marker.
Step 5: Press the Heat n’ Bond lite (double-sided fusible) to the backside of the white cardstock or white fabric.
Step 6: Peel off the paper from the remaining side of the Heat n’ Bond lite.
Step 7: Stack the quilted postcard top onto the cardstock so that the remaining fusible side faces the back of the Timtex interfacing. You are essentially making a “postcard sandwich” much like layering a quilt. Press.
Step 8: Stitch around all outside edges of the postcard to seal it. You can use a zigzag stitch or a satin stitch. I like to use a zigzag and go around the whole card two times.
Step 9: On the backside, you can write your note and the lucky recipient’s address. Add a sticker-style stamp, and drop it in the post box!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Fabric postcards are fun and addictive to make, and you’ll be an expert in no time!