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Thread: How to Make a Fabric Postcard

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    Senior Member CookieZenmilk's Avatar
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    How to Make a Fabric Postcard

    Materials:

    Peltex 72 - a 2-sided fusible stiff interfacing.
    Fabric scraps
    Sharpie marker or pen
    Steam-a-Seam fusible or whatever you use

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    Instructions:

    Cut peltex interfacing 4 x 6"
    Cut background fabric 4 x 6
    Cut light colored fabric for back of postcard 4 x 6


    Draw out shapes on scrap paper. Trace shapes onto fusible.

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    Iron shapes onto back of fabric scraps
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    Cut 4 x 6 background fabric (black), cut 4 x 6" piece of peltex (middle), Cut 4 x 6 light colored fabric for address side (white)
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    Lightly iron background fabric to one side of peltex. Don't press too hard as other side of peltex will stick to ironing board

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    Cut shapes out and iron to background. Stitch down (optional). Use a light colored bobbin thread so it doesn't show on backside of peltex.
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    Iron light colored fabric onto back of peltex. Now you can press firmly adhering all together.

    Stitch around edge of postcard to finish.

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    Draw details on back of card. Draw a line down the middle to separate address side/message side.

    All done! You made your first postcard.

    This card requires a 65 cents to mail. If you put it in a clear envelope, you must put the stamp on the outside of the clear envelope. The post office will have to hand cancel the envelope. You can also slip it into a regular white envelope and mail that way. I do not put embellishments that stick up on my postcards. I don't want to be responsible for breaking a machine at the post office.
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    Nice tutorial CookieZenmilk. Should help give other people some good information. And, your pictures are wonderful. I do mine this way (for the most part) as well. Hope you don't mind, I posted a link in the September Postcard Swap to here.
    Last edited by Judith1005; 09-18-2016 at 06:09 AM.
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    ​Great postcard tutorial!

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    thanks for taking the time to post a tut
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    You did a great tutorial
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    Thank you!!

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    Thanks! I have some of the printed post card backing that I have never used(but always plan to). It has the mailing info printed on one side and fusible on the other. Don't remember the brand...will have to dig it out!

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    Like!!!! A lot!!!!
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    What I cute idea! Thanks for posting. Some distant grandchildren will be getting a postcard!

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    Nice tutorial CookieZenmilk. I use peltex myself and love how it is fusible.

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    CookieZenmilk was the monthly postcard hostess on another
    website years ago.

    LOVED the "wacky" holiday themes that we would get to pick
    from.

    IF I can locate the pictures of the ones I made (and received),
    will post some other ideas.

    I will post in the "general chit chat" section.
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    Thanks for the tutorial - it is really cute

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    Great tutorial-thanks for posting it.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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    Wow! Thank you for the tutorial. Even I could do this

    I should see if I can get working on some Christmas postcards (after I have a couple other projects done).
    If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough!

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    Thank you for taking the time to post this. I love it and do mine pretty much the same way. Thank you!
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    Thanks for the post card tutorial! I love your pumpkin bag thread catcher. I think a clear envelope would look cute. I love this idea for using up my tiny scraps!

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    Thanks for great help and resources--will be appreciated by post card group and others---

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    found a postcard from my wacky swap i used to host. this was "happy fortune cookie day"

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    this was "illustrate a song". Can you guess which song?

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    this was a funny take on halloween! shield your eyes, lol

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    Cheeseburger in Paradise. Really cute cards. Love all of them
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    Thanks for the tute!
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    Great cards Cookie, they really get the brain to thinking. I love the Halloween one. It's a hoot. lol And, the song one is really spot on and the I can't believe how spot on you got the fortune cookie one to look.
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    Great tutorial. My friend, Bonnie Sable, wrote a book, years vack on these. Your tutorial gives quick good instructions.

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    i have another method for finishing off the edges of my fabric postcards. it gives it a colorful look. tutorial to follow:

    i iron steam-a-seam fusible on the back of my fabric.

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    i then cut 3/4" strips

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    i cut two 6" long strips and two 4" strips

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    i then fold them in half lengthwise. if the fusible backing paper comes off, great...take it all off.

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    now go to ironing board with your postcard and butt the edge of the postcard

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    and iron it carefully to the front, don't burn your fingers. turn postcard over and iron to the back.

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    do this on all sides

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    and you are done. no need to stitch it down.
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    this is the back of the postcard.
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    this is the front of the postcard.

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    I think it is a great way to finish a fabric postcard.
    Last edited by CookieZenmilk; 02-09-2017 at 11:49 AM.
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    Beautiful. And edgy! Thanks much. I like a wrapped look.

    (When I first joined a PC swap & Judith sent me a postcard, I almost fainted at the perfection of her edges, satin stitch.)
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