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Apr 26, 2017

Want to Use Up Those Fabric Scraps?

Hello!

So what have you all been up to lately? Doing any projects of your own? I found something new to try the other day!

I guess these have been around for a while, but I just came across them recently and decided to give them a try. I am not new to quilting, having made a few quilts in the past. It's just not something I find fun on a large scale. However, this was fun! A little peek....


Now the big reveal...lol


If you're still wondering what it is - - here's the back


These are super simple to make and are a bit unique, which I love. Here's a picture tutorial of some of the steps. 

I cut out a piece of scrap fabric a bit larger than 4 X 6 inches. Then I cut a piece of quilt batting and a piece of interfacing at 4 X 6 inches. I used the thick interfacing you can use for purses. It's got a pliable but firm texture and is perfect for this. I think Peltex or Timtex would work.


The interfacing is the base layer of the postcard, the batting goes on top and then the fabric.

*The image below shows it from the back side. So the fabric is face down. (naturally that's the way I decided to photograph it, just to confuse you).


I just pinned it together in a couple of spots to hold it in place and began sewing by following the lines in the pattern. Once I was done stitching, I turned it upside down and cut off the excess fabric. Here it is right side up.


At this point you can either put a tight zigzag stitch around the outside of the postcard, or put a fabric border around it. Some people stitch around the card first - I don't think there's a wrong way to do it.

I used a strip of fabric around the whole postcard. 

It's about an inch and a half wide to start, then folded in half (to 3/4") and then I turned one half under once again (3/8") and pressed it well. Then I stitched it all in place.


The postcard back template was a printable that I found on the net. It was actually a bit bigger than 4 X 6, but it was easy to cut down. 


I used embellishment tape to put it in place, but honestly, it's not really the best option. You could write on fabric with a fabric pen and create your own back and just stitch it on.

Some people send these as a postcard, but if I were sending it, I would opt to use an envelope. You should also be mindful of how thick you make it if it's going in the mail. 

I'll add mine to a gift as a unique gift card. I'll leave it blank so they can regift it to someone. 

It's like a gift within a gift. :) 

I will be trying some with patchwork quilting on them for something a little different. Here's a few that others have made:








Pet on Flicker: 




Well, it looks like the options are many! Whether you want to make simple fabric cards or spend a little more time on them, they would be so appreciated! Have some fun and try a few today! 

Blessings,
Carmen

2 comments:

  1. What a terrific idea-must get some of those made for sure.

    Thanks for sharing

    Love Chrissie xx

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