Two Methods 1 result – Method 1 is the simple way to make postcards, Method 2 is a little more complicated.
Blank Card Pelmet Vilene Scraps of Fabric
Sewing Thread Bondaweb (or 505 spray glue)
Printer Paper (for method 2)
- Cut a piece of Pelmet Vilene to approximately postcard size-you can trim this exactly at the last stage.
- Cut a piece of background fabric about the same size.
- Bondaweb this fabric to the Pelmet Vilene.
- Decorate this ‘sandwich’ any way you like using applique, patchwork, Angelina fibres, quilting or embroidery stitches etc.
- Once you have completed your design attach the card to the back using bondaweb or 505 glue spray – you can trim the Vilene/fabric sandwich to fit at this stage.
- Zig-zag all the way around to secure the card to the design-MAKE SURE YOU DON”T USE TOO CLOSE A ZIG-ZAG STITCH as it will perforate the card if you do.
- Cut pelmet Vilene to postcard size.
- Attached wadding to the Vilene using 505 spray glue
- Attach fabric background or prepared fabric picture to the wadding, again using 505 spray glue.
- At this stage you can either machine quilt the prepared picture or appliqué a shape onto the background.
- Insert a piece of plain printer paper behind the Vilene to make a firm surface.
- Attach a piece of plain calico by zig-zag/satin stitch all round the edges – twice, with either a thread to match the calico or a thread that goes with the picture.
- Start sewing the edge half way along one side (not at a corner). When you turn a corner make sure the needle is hard up against it. If you are using a craft foot you may want to release the weight of the presser foot, depending on how thick the card is. Don’t drop the feed-dogs.
- First round use 3.5 stitch width and 0.2 length. Second time round use 4 stitch width and 0.2 stitch length. You may want to adjust this according to your sewing machine.
- Pull ends of threads through and finish off the way you think best, on the back. Using a stiletto or kebab stitch helps to hold the postcard in awkward places.
- The calico can be stamped to look like a postcard OR you can use a waterproof pen and draw the lines on the calico.