While stashbusting, I found that I have an abundance of Christmas fabric. I'm not sure why, especially since several of them are not high quality material. I suspect that I had big crafty plans for them when I made my purchases. Either that, or fabric really is reproducing on my shelves!
While writing this post, I realized my link to the basic instructions for fabric postcards has been taken down. I guess Deb really did give up blogging.
You will need:
- Cute fabric for the front
- Any embellishments you'd like to add
- Something for the middle. You can use batting. I like Timtex Fast2Fuse Heavyweight or Peltex 72 - double sided fusible is best so you don't have to fuse your own, but it is sometimes hard to find. I got mine on my visit to A Scarlet Thread.
- Fusible web if you couldn't find the double sided fusible.
- Pressing sheet so your iron and ironing board don't get gunked up (yes, that's the technical term)
- White muslin or other neutral backing fabric that you can write on
- Pigma pen or other fabric safe pen
- Sewing machine, coordinating thread, etc.
Then I cut them out more precisely and fused them down to the white muslin. Cut them out and stitch a narrow, tight zig-zag stitch around the edges. I chain pieced these and just left them in my machine for whenever I had a spare 5 minutes to whip out a few.
Now you can add your message to the back. For those I don't expect to get back, like the ones I will put on cookies or pet treats, I just wrote a general "Happy Holidays from Quiltin' Jenny" type message. For our immediate family, I wrote to and from messages so I can reuse them each year.
The very last thing is to add any embellishments that are dimensional. I chose not to spend the time on that for this project, but for a birthday postcard they really add a lot of pizzazz.
What gifts are you making in your studio this week? Please link up for show and tell!