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Fabric Postcards

Stash-busting stationery!

https://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/fabric-postcards-2 • Posted by Monika Gottindottir

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.

You will need

Project Budget
Free

Time

0 h 10

Difficulty

Nice & Simple
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Description

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.

Instructions

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Snip off the extra fabric using fabric scissors. Your postcard is now done! Now make a whole lot more!