Fabric or Crazy Quilted Postcard

Julie Yonge © 2007

   
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Materials:
Muslin (for cq foundation)
Fabrics (not too thick or fragile as you will be using heat to fuse)
Fast-to-fuse
Backing fabric (perhaps postcard design)
Embellishments such as trims, pictures, lace, ribbon, threads, iron on fusibles, motifs, etc.
Pressing cloth

I am going to outline what I believe to be the easiest way to make a fabric postcard. I really like "easy", especially when the results are so delightful. There are other methods involving batting and fusible web, but using fast-to-fuse makes it ultra easy because it already has the fusible on both sides. There are a couple of thicknesses of fast-to-fuse; I would recommend the thinner of the two.

Your postcard should measure 4 x 6 inches. You may want to cut a piece of cardstock to have on hand as a quick go-by. Cut your fast-to-fuse and your backing fabric (or postcard design) to 4" x 6" and set aside. Then cut a piece of muslin for your crazy quilt foundation 4" x 6".

You may actually want to add a bit of allowance to your muslin piece since hand embroidery and embellishment sometimes shrink the foundation piece a bit. I also like to cut a 4" x 6" window out of a piece of card stock or paper so that I can decide exactly where to mark and cut my final postcard area.

Piece your muslin with several fabrics and add your embellishments. In this example I have used hand embroidery, silk leaf trim, lace, a silk photo, some Kreinik fusible iron on thread, and a touch of SRE, but the sky is the limit. Machine embroidery, appliqué, your sewing machine's specialty stitches or quilting can be added. I really like the Kreinik fusible iron on threads for postcards as it comes in a variety of colors and they are quick and easy to use to create design elements.

Once you have finished your embellishments, you are ready to fuse this piece to the fast-to-fuse. Simply place your embellished piece right side up on top of the fast-to-fuse and using a pressing cloth to protect your fabrics and embellishments, press for a few seconds with a hot iron. Be careful not to overdo! You are now ready to fuse a backing fabric to your postcard. You can use any solid fabric you like or you can use a postcard blank printed on cotton or muslin as I have done here. You can find these postcard backs and the fast-to-fuse online at such places as Joggles, or RibbonSmyth. Fuse the backing to the fast-to-fuse in the same method as the front. Once fused, you may want to trim the postcard just a bit to neaten it up if your fusing is not exact - it happens! Then to finish your postcard, machine-stitch a satin stitch around the edge, add a flat trim, hand embroider a blanket stitch or bind the edges as you would a quilt; there are many options.

Fabric postcards can actually be sent through the mail just like any other postcard. But, note that if you have added embellishments such as beads, sequins, things that are raised off the surface, you may need to ask for the post office to hand-cancel your card and it may require extra postage. First class postcards have the following size requirements: No smaller than 3-1/2" high x 6" long and .0007" thick No larger than 4-1/2" high x 6" long x .016" thick

Resources:
RibbonSmyth: postcard backs and fusibles Joggles: fast-to-fuse Kreinik: silk threads and fusible iron on threads

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