How to Make a Fabric Postcard Party Invitationcomments (8) August 9th, 2013
Next, cut two pieces of fusible web in the same size as the acrylic felt. (If you're unfamiliar with this wonder material, it's a kind of glue mesh that you heat with an iron to bond fabrics together.)
Stack all those layers up in the order you see here: Friendly Felt on the bottom, then a piece of fusible web, then the acrylic felt, then the other piece of fusible web, and the woven fabric on top. (Be sure to remove the backing papers from the fusible web first.) Match all the edges and make sure that acrylic felt is centered between the other layers.
Follow the package directions to fuse all the layers together. Be sure to place a pressing cloth over the postcard when you iron it-the Friendly Felt shouldn't touch your hot iron.
Once the layers are fused together, use a sewing machine to zigzag-stitch around all four edges of the postcard. I like to make two rows of zigzag, but one is also sufficient. You can use matching thread or contrasting thread-whatever you like best.
If your woven fabric has a tendency to fray, apply some Fray Check to all four edges. Allow it to dry.
Now for the fun part-quilting! I find that the Friendly Felt slides beautifully over my sewing machine's feed dogs, so I can maneuver it easily to stitch intricate patterns. You can quilt to match the pattern on the fabric, as I'm doing here, or quilt an overall pattern. You could also do some machine embroidery. There are so many possibilities! Just cut the ends of all threads close to the postcard's surface.
(Incidentally, I'm using metallic thread to quilt this postcard because I like how it adds a little sparkle to the design. You can quilt with any color-or colors-of thread you like.)
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