For EBHQ members making fabric postcards for sale at Voices in Cloth 2014, with a special thanks to Sue Mary Fox, whose great experience in making these postcards is documented here. (And I hope you have as much fun making these as we did when we all got together to learn the techniques. Just make 5; I know you will be hooked.)
Note: EBHQ will provide the fast-2-fuse and the printed cardstock at monthly meetings and Drop-Ins
You will need:
fast-2-fuse interfacing—Double-sided fusible stiff interfacing, heavy weight
Wonder Under—Paper-backed fusible web
parchment paper, release paper, or Teflon coated mat for use with the fusibles
fabrics for backgrounds
fabrics for embellishing—conversation prints, words on fabric, flowers, etc.
other optional items—ribbons, trims, rickrack, rubber stamps, leftover patchwork blocks or scraps
machine sewing threads
cardstock backing designated with “Postcard” and “First Class Letter Postage”
Step 1–Create Background
Fuse fabric or a good combination of fabrics to one side of the fast-2-fuse, which measures 4″ x 6″.
–choose horizontal or vertical
–if you like the fabric combinations, make 3 or 4 of the same
—for fabric combinations, overlap the fabrics just a tiny bit, so no white shows through
–add any of the following using Wonder Under or light fabric glue : ribbons, flat lace, embroideries, images cut from other fabrics
–avoid anything that adds too much thickness
Step 3–Stitch through all layers using:
– an overall pattern
–decorative machine stitches
–fancy variegated, metallic, rayon, or other fun threads
Step 4–Make an edging for the card/affix “Postcard” paper backing
Two different ways (choose the look you want):
Method 1–Stitch dense satin stitch around entire card, fuse paper to back of card, and straight-stitch in place.
Method 2–Fuse paper to back of card and sew with a long zigzag around entire card.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
AND YOU’RE DONE !!!
Any questions??? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring finished postcards to monthly meetings or to a Drop-In.