First, a supply list:
1. focus fabric for the front of your card
2. a coordinating, light-colored fabric for the back
3. cotton flannel, white or cream colored preferably
4. Steam a Seam fusible product (it comes in packages)
5. rotary cutter, a cutting mat designed to use with these cutters, and a see-through quilting ruler (any fabric store would have these 3 products, which would make this project infinitely easier!)
6. iron (heated to the cotton setting)
7. nice to have, but not essential: a rubber postcard stamp, with a message side and an address side, along with an ink pad
|Cutting the plain fabric, using the rotary cutter, quilters' ruler, and cutting mat|
|flannel, plain fabric,|
focus fabric, cut to size
|the two pieces of Steam a Seam|
cut to size
2. Remove one sheet of the Steam a Seam product. Cut a strip from one side that is 12" x 4". Then cut this strip into two equal sections.
3. From one of the sections of fusible, remove the protective paper, exposing the sticky side. Carefully place the sticky side down on the wrong side of your focus fabric. Keep the protective paper that you just removed.
4. Do the same with the 2nd piece of fusible web, placing it on the reverse side of the plain fabric.
|bonding two pieces of fabric together|
(It's important to use something as a pressing sheet; you don't want to get any stray pieces of the fusible material on your iron.)
6. Now place the other section of the postcard, fusible side down, on top of the flannel-covered section of the other side. You now have a "sandwich" of focus fabric, fusible web, flannel, fusible web, plain fabric.
Iron this "sandwich" again. Press firmly, using the pressing sheets. Turn over, press again.
7. Now take your postcard back to the cutting mat. Trim 1/4" from all four sides, making your postcard measure 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". (Trimming as the last step ensures that all sides of your "sandwich" are perfectly straight, without any "ingredients" of the "sandwich" peeking out!) If you stamped the card, fill the address and message side in as you please! If you don't have a stamp, simply write POSTCARD across the top of the reverse side, and then draw a line down from it, dividing the reverse side into message and address sections.
8. Now you have a fabric postcard, and not a stitch was sewn!
|Two postcards I just made for this demo, one for Malcolm and the other for Dawson, my two Michigan grandsons!|
P.P.S. When you are ready to mail your postcards, press down the stamp very firmly. I use a little brayer for this purpose, but you can also use the side of your thumbnail. (I always have those "forever stamps" on hand, so therefore I use them.) Then, at the Post Office, ask the clerk to hand cancel the cards. The first time I went to our local PO, the clerk seemed a bit dubious about the whole process, but I assured her that I had received some that had come through the mail to me just fine!