Fabric Postcard Tutorial

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The instructions are for a 4 x 6 inch crazy quilted postcard, but the design possibilities are limitless using any technique. More ideas can be found on the links below. 

 Materials list:

  • Timtex®- 4 x 6 inches or two layers of heavy stabilizer
  • Postcard backing –4 x 6 inch light colored plain fabric
    • You may need two pieces to cover your embroidery on the back
    • 4 ½  x 6 ½  inch piece of batting
    • 6-8  3×5 inch fabric scraps
    • Variety of threads, embellishments
    • Glue stick (optional)
    • Template
    • Pigma® pen or Fine Sharpie® or fine fabric marker
    • Basic sewing supplies

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Basic steps:

  • Your batting piece becomes your “stabilizer” for your piecing/appliqué
  • Cut a 5 sided piece of fabric as your center focus fabric or use template included in the PDF file
  • Using a glue stick, tack your fabric, right side up in the center of your batting scrap as shown below:

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  • Place next fabric on top of center fabric, right sides together, aligning along one edge:
  • Stitch ¼ inch along the edge

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  • Open up seam, trim outside your batting, though accuracy is not critical at this point
  • Stitch across the seam with decorative thread and design03-DSCN6714
  • Continue in the same manner around each edge of your center focus fabric

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  • Trim excess beyond the next seam line and outside the batting edge as you go

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  • Add ribbons and trim as desired as you go along
  • If any corners do not get covered or have too much of one color, other pieces can be added for more interest.
  • Once your postcard design is completed, trim your batting piece down to 4 x 6 inches

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Assembling layers:

    • Layer in this order
      • Layer backing fabric, right side down on table
        • Use two layers if needed to cover up stitch bleed through
      • Place Timtex® on backing fabric
      • Place postcard right side up on the Timtex®

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  • Glue baste layers together
  • Straight stitch close to the edge of your postcard all the way around using a decorative thread to stabilize the layers

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  • Stitch around the postcard again using a narrow zigzag setting. I used a “2.4” width and “1.5”density

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  • Stitch again with a “4” width and “.75” density

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  • Use  a Pigma® pen, fine Sharpie®, a fabric marker or stamp to create a postcard back16-DSCN6759Finished

15-DSCN6757Postcard can be mailed through the US Postal Service, though extra charges may apply

For more postcard ideas visit these posts:

More tutorials can be found here.

Click for a printable PDF instruction sheet Fabric Postcard Instructions.

Teaching and Learning on the Journey, Jackie