FABRIC POSTCARD INSTRUCTIONS
by Judi Sticklen
Fabric Postcards are great fun to make. You can make them from any technique you like. Want to see how a new technique looks, make a postcard first to see how it works. Maybe you don't want to make a project that way, no problem. You have a sample for the future that hasn't taken you forever. Try a new fabric manipulation technique. Use them as samples as well as lots of fun to swap with friends, and make lots of new friends in the process. Postcards are made 6" by 4".
Stabilizer - Heavy Vilene or Timtex (anything that is very stable). It can be fusible or not, depending on what is available. Pellon or heavy fabric is also acceptable.
Scissors or Rotary Cutter and mat
Variety of fabrics and threads, charms, beads of your choice. You may need some double sided product (like Vliesofix). Bonash is another one to attach pieces to the design.
Plain fabric for the back
Thin batting if you want a quilted look
Rubber Stamps, Paints, Dyes, Papers. Anything else you may desire. This is your project.
Cut your stabilizer larger than 6" by 4" and then mark the 6" x 4" area with a pencil. Pin or iron the batting to stabilizer if that is what you are using. Stitch around the drawn line so this gives you a working area on the front (batting side).
Decide what your design is going to be, I have made a marine theme with this postcard, using applique techniques. Lay your fabrics down as you want then and attach through the layers. Stitch the applique design on. I free stitched the fish on, but satin stitch or dimensional paint is fine.
I added a section of knitting in the corner to form a rock for texture. Some threads added above that form seaweed and stitch them down roughly.
I am happy with my design and I add seed beads for the eyes of the fish. Trim the edges back to the sewing line. Add any hand stitching, embellishing, etc at this stage so the stitching won't go through to the back of the postcard. Stitch the backing onto your postcard and trim again. You should now have your artwork measuring 6" by 4". Seal the edges by stitching, binding, etc.
The back is now clear for writing the address you are sending it to, and stamp, or a message to the recipient if sending in an envelope. I like to put mine in an envelope so it doesn't get damaged in the mail. You are also able to add more embellishments this way.
This is a basic lesson. The principles are the same for each postcard. If using manipulation techniques, you may choose not to include the batting. The ideas are yours. There are no failures, just some you will like more than others. Why not send your friends one for their birthday, instead of a card. You could incorporate their favourite colours, etc.
The most important thing to remember in making these little gems is HAVE FUN. ENJOY.