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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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When you're done quilting, turn the postcard over and apply a medium amount of craft glue to the back.

At this point, you'll need a cardstock postcard of some kind to glue to the back. I made one using the page layout software on my computer-and that way, I was able to include the invitation text. You could also cut a plain piece of cardstock and hand-write your invitation on it. Or, if you have some old postcards that you don't like the design of, use those-only the back will show.

  Press the cardstock into the glue.

Your cardstock should measure 1/4 inch less on all sides than your fabric postcard-so for my sample, it measures 3-3/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches. Press the layers together, centering the cardstock on the fabric. Place a heavy book over the postcard for about 20 minutes while the glue cures.

  Zigzag-stitch around all four edges again.

Use your sewing machine to zigzag-stitch around all four edges of the cardstock. Again, I like to do two rows of stitching.

What about other embellishments? As I was making my postcard, I really wanted to sew on some buttons. But if you plan to send these through the mail, it's probably best to avoid adding too many extras that might get caught in postal processing machines. Instead, think about embellishments like fabric paints, Stickles, collaging fabrics with Fabric Mod Podge, or sewing several fabrics together in a patchwork.

I'd recommend weighing your finished postcard on a postal scale, or asking someone at your local post office to do it. These might require more postage than a typical postcard-and it's best to find that out in advance!


Add an address and postage, and your postcard is ready to mail.

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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.
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.
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 blog. Thank you so much!!

Sarah J Doyle
Posted: 9:03 pm on May 1st
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