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Stash-busting stationery!
This project is a great way to use up scraps of heavy paper and cool woven fabrics. It should cost nothing at all if you have everything on hand. You can easily make a bunch with a yard of fabric and a small pack of cardstock.

You will want to use woven (non-stretchy) fabrics for this so that they won't wrinkle when you sew them. Washing the fabric first is optional, but I would recommend ironing them to get rid of any wrinkles.

Experiment with different kinds of paper. Cardstock is cheap, but the odd size makes it difficult to get a lot of 4x6 inch post cards without creating smaller scraps. I use Stonehenge printmaker's paper because I have a lot of it on-hand, but heavier scrapbook papers would work well, too.

Posted by Monika Gottindottir from Worthington, Minnesota, United States • Published See Monika Gottindottir's 255 projects »
  • How to make a postcard. Fabric Postcards - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut down your paper of choice into a bunch of postcards. Standard postcard size is usually 4 inches by 6 inches, but you can make them any size (just make sure to send them out with enough postage later on).

  • How to make a postcard. Fabric Postcards - Step 2
    Step 2

    Measure out how far you want to divide the "letter" portion from the address section and draw a line there using a pen. Use a ruler or other straight edge to keep the lines crisp and even.

  • How to make a postcard. Fabric Postcards - Step 3
    Step 3

    Coat the blank side of the paper postcard with glue. Use heavy pressure with a glue stick, or use a thin layer of liquid glue. Fabric glue will work the best, but all purpose glue would suffice.

  • How to make a postcard. Fabric Postcards - Step 4
    Step 4

    Stick the glued side of the post card to the wrong side of your fabric scrap.

    Allow the glue to dry completely (about 5 minutes for glue sticks and up to 2 hours for liquid glue depending on type).

    Keep the cards flat while they're drying. You can do this by sticking them under a pile of heavy books.

  • How to make a postcard. Fabric Postcards - Step 5
    Step 5

    With the paper side up, place the fabric-backed postcard under the needle of your sewing machine. Allow for a 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch seam allowance to create a nice border around the card.

    Set your tension to medium and use a short stitch length.

    Sew all around the postcard, turning at the corners.

  • How to make a postcard. Fabric Postcards - Step 6
    Step 6

    Snip off the extra fabric using fabric scissors. Your postcard is now done!

    Now make a whole lot more!

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