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How to Make a Fabric Postcard Party Invitation

comments (9) August 9th, 2013     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Quilt a fabric postcard in a snap, and then send it off in the mail. They make beautiful invitations!
You can quilt along with the design printed on your fabric, as Ive done here, or quilt an overall pattern. Metallic thread adds a little sparkle, if you like.
I mailed one to myself to see how it would hold up. It came back to me in beautiful shape!
Quilt a fabric postcard in a snap, and then send it off in the mail. They make beautiful invitations!

Quilt a fabric postcard in a snap, and then send it off in the mail. They make beautiful invitations!

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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Sure, Evites are easy, but if you're planning a special celebration, why not do it up right and mail out some really unique invitations? These postcards are a great small quilting project, and they travel beautifully through the post. (See the one at the top there? I mailed it to myself and it still looks great!)

What you'll need:

  • Sheet of Friendly Felt (see note below)
  • Scrap of print fabric
  • Scrap of acrylic felt
  • Fusible web
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Fray Check
  • Craft glue
  • Cardstock (or postcard)
A note on felt: I'm using something called Friendly Felt for this project-it's usually stocked next to the felt squares at my local big-box craft stores. You might also check the kids' craft section. Friendly Felt is made from postconsumer plastic bottles. It's stiff, like lightweight cardboard, so it makes a perfect base for this postcard design.

 

  Cut pieces of Friendly Felt, acrylic felt, and print fabric.


Begin by deciding on a size for your postcards. If you're mailing them, then it's wise to research standard postcard sizes as defined by your country's postal regulations. I'm using a 4-1/4-inch x 6-inch size here.

Cut one piece of Friendly Felt and one piece of woven fabric in postcard size. Then cut one piece of regular acrylic felt that's 1/4-inch smaller on all sides (so for my sample here, that's 3-3/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches). This acrylic felt will be completely hidden in the finished postcard-it will provide the padding for the quilting. So you can use up leftover colors in your stash.

  Stack the felts and fabric with layers of fusible web in between.

 

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Comments (9)

Criativa writes: so cute.Thanks.
Posted: 8:22 am on December 29th
samsstuff writes: Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial. Maybe we can bring back snail mail, with fun cards like these :)
Posted: 6:23 pm on May 20th
db318 writes: oops. http://fromblankpages.blogspot.com
Posted: 6:56 pm on October 2nd
db318 writes: I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! :) I shared this on my blog!

from blank pages...
Posted: 6:55 pm on October 2nd
Cheriezel writes: My only comment is if you are going to actually mail these to your invitees, is that you allow EXTRA time for them to be delivered. Often with unusual forms of mailings (like something with texture) it has to be hand canceled/processed.


Posted: 10:35 am on May 9th
amysewcreative writes: What a fun idea! I just realized this would be PERFECT to use as a "freebie" when promoting my new online studio or at summer outdoor markets! I'll also feature this idea in my blog, which is tutorials for creative uses of fabric and thread.
http://amydesignsmusings.blogspot.com/
Thanks!
Posted: 10:04 am on May 9th
bralla writes: Another cool new idea - I am doomed. If I find many more craft ideas that I HAVE to try - I'll have to quit my job!
Posted: 12:29 pm on May 2nd
davidandkeithdotcom writes: Can't live without fusible web!! I like to use it in making appliques. Great product!
Posted: 9:39 pm on May 1st
SarahDoyle writes: This is AWESOME! And what wonderful graduation announcements / invitations the post cards would make. We have featured this project at our http://SewingBusiness.com blog. Thank you so much!!

Sarah J Doyle
http://PatternsThatFitYou.com
Posted: 9:03 pm on May 1st
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