Fabric Postcard Tutorial

11 03 2013


For EBHQ members making fabric postcards for the Voices in Cloth 2016, with a special thanks to Sue Mary Fox, whose great experience in making these postcards is documented here. 

I hope you have as much fun making these as we did when we all got together to learn the techniques.

Please make 5 for the guild, if you feel as though you’d like to help out. 

Note: EBHQ will provide the fast-2-fuse and the printed “Postcard” backings at monthly meetings and Drop-Ins.  E-mail me if you would like me to send you a pdf to make your own postcard backs.

Some tips before you start:

–We expect these postcards to be mailable as is.  This means that the edgings should be only those indicated here in the tutorial.  Anything else, like bias binding or other edge embellishment will not work, since ithose cards would need an envelope to go through the mail.

–Also to ensure mailability, please do not add beads, buttons, rick rack, bows, charms, or other three-dimensional items to the surface.  Save these for the ones you make for yourself to hand-deliver to friends or family.

–Take time with your first postcard to get used to the process.  The ones you make after that first one will be much easier and much more fun.

Materials for 4″ x 6″ postcards:

–fast-2-fuse interfacing—Double-sided fusible stiff interfacing, medium or 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

–card stock or paper backing designated with “Postcard” and “First Class Letter Postage”.  We have printed these so that purchasers will be aware that a regular postcard stamp will not be enough for mailing.  First class letter rate postage should be used.


Step 1–Create Background


Fuse fabric or a good combination of fabrics to one side of the 4″ x 6″ piece of fast-2-fuse.

NOTE:  place a release paper under the card so it doesn’t fuse to your ironing surface.

–extend fabric pieces over the edge, to be trimmed later, so that white does not show

–choose horizontal or vertical card orientation

–if you like the fabric combinations, make 2 or 3 more

–when fusing combinations, overlap the fabrics just a tiny bit, so no white shows through

Step 2–Embellish


–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


Note;  no special needle needed

— use an overall pattern

–try the decorative stitches on your machine

–experiment with fancy variegated, metallic, rayon, or other fun threads

Anything added in Step 2 should have some stitching as well.

Trim edges.


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 (using a release paper so your iron doesn’t melt the printing) , and straight stitch in the ditch on the front to secure the paper.

photo-66 Front



Method 2–Fuse paper to back of card and sew with a loose zigzag stitch around entire card.


(Click on photos to enlarge.)


Any questions???  Contact susandague@yahoo.com

Bring finished postcards to monthly meetings or to a Drop-In.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


HOT TIP  for making the postcard process easier:

My new favorite sewing machine foot, called an Open Embroidery Foot, which makes applying decorative stitches to the body of the cards and the zigzag stitches to the edges of the cards SOOOOOO much easier.  You can actually see exactly where you are sewing.

The foot for my machine looks like this:






5 responses

11 03 2013
Sonia Callahan

Wow…. you really got it together for this tutorial. I think I can follow the directions easily.While at SF Show,I looked at post cards for sale and I didn’t much care for the ones that were left.Yours are far more interesting. Now I know what kind of fabric to put aside. Sonia

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29 01 2018

Thx for the kit tonight @ EBHQ mtg! I read the tutorial and have a question:

Under Step 2, “Some tips before you start,” rick-rack is called out as a no-no b/c it adds height to the postcard, making it potentially un-mailable. However, Step 3, “Materials for 4″x6″ postcards,” rick-rack is listed as a possible piece of decoration on a postcard.

The question: **Is rick-rack allowable or not?** I’d like to use some, but not if it will disqualify the postcard from being mailed.

Thank you for all your support for the guild! (and the library…)


30 01 2018

Actually depends on the size of the rick rack. If you love it, use it. The card can always be slipped inside an envelope for mailing.

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