1. Fabric for the front; light, plain fabric for the back; and white or cream flannel for the batting
2. the ususal quilting supplies: rotary cutter, mat, quilting ruler
3. postcard stamp and ink pad (or permanent, fine-type Sharpie or a gel pen for fabric)
4. sewing machine and iron
Press all of the fabrics well. Cut out the 3 fabrics 4" x 6". Stamp the front of the plain fabric OR fill in the usual information (see the preceding post).
[If you want to do a bit of quilting, you can put the front fabric on top of the flannel and quilt "as desired." I usually skip this step!]
Put the front and back fabrics right sides together, with the flannel on the other side. Thus you will have a quilt sandwich at this point that is back fabric, front fabric (right sides together), and then the flannel.
Sew around the edges in a 1/4" seam, leaving an opening for turning. Take out of the machine and clip the corners at an angle. Turn the little "pillow case" inside out through the opening. That will put the flannel in the middle for the batting.
At this point I usually pin the opening edges together and top-stitch all around the them, securing the section I left open for turning. Press again. Voila! You've made a sewn-together fabric postcard!
I for convenience just use a regular 1st class stamp on the postcards. Be sure to adhere it firmly! I have a little brayer that I use for this purpose, but the side of you thumbnail also does the trick. When you take them to the post office, ask them to hand cancel them. At first, my "post lady" looked at me strangely, but now she is used to my asking her that. She was also skeptical about whether they would "go through," but all (so far) have been delivered!
Here are two I just made. One finished and one "in process":
|The pink one is the finished one. These two I DID lightly quilt before sewing|
the edges together. The one at the top--school print and light green--have not yet been