These little wonders have been circulating the world through our postal system much to the bemusement of the post office workers.  I have been teaching the fundamentals of making these quick postcards at CraftAlive shows for a couple of years now and prompted by the postings of a fellow blogger, I decided to give these an airing.

postcards_1In the three shown above there are a variety of techniques used – captured thread with machine embroidery, fused applique with freehand embroidery outlining and captured found objects.

In order to make a card that will survive the rigours of the postal system, it is important to ensure that you use the stiffest possible iron on interfacing TWICE… some techniques I have seen described have suggested cardboard as a stiffener but if your card happens to get wet whilst in transit, it is unlikely to survive.

postcards_4A Christmas postcard with a difference can be created using fussy cut pieces of fabric fused and over stitched onto a backing fabric…a simple project for a beginning stitcher!

I use heavy duty “Heat ‘n Bond” for fusing…. again, the stiffer the better! This is a stiffer grade than that normally used for applique in quilting. For writing the address details and the message on the reverse of the card, I use a Zig Millenium fine line pen size 05 in brown and I always heat set my message for permanancy by pressing with a dry iron.

postcards_2When “capturing” found objects or threads, I use a layer of black bridal tulle – the finest and the softest I can find!  I know it is about three times the price of normal netting but the difference in the quality and the result obtained make it worth while….. and you can get a significant number of postcards out of a metre of tulle when the cards themselves are only 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ big!

postcards_3This is a great way to use up left over bits and pieces of fabric…. with one exception, each one of the butterflies on the above card were missing bits of wings and were unsuitable for the task at hand….by layering those bits, the missing bits were disguised and a card created.

Get out your scrap bags, piles of threads and yarns, ribbons and braids, glitz and glitter, favourite embroidery threads and get stitching!  Surprise a stitching friend today with a fabric postcard in the mail.