I don’t know about you, but I am completely ‘Easter-ed’ out so I thought I would do something a little bit different for April’s blog/pattern. Our household was very lucky to have received a number of beautiful spring themed Easter cards, which prompted me to think about a fabric postcard.
I belong to the UKQU Postcard Swap group and I make a lot of fabric postcards, not just for the swap groups, but also to send for birthday and greetings cards. They are quick to make, infinitely customisable and providing you stay within the Post Office’s size guidelines, cost no more than a 2nd class stamp to send.
This project uses a combination of hand and machine sewing. It incorporates some English Paper Piecing (EPP) and is a nice little scrapbuster to help use up all those little bits in your scrap box. I had a scrap piece just over 6” x 6” of Bee themed fabric in yellows and beiges which inspired me to make up some small hexagons to make a feature on the postcard.
From my scrap box I took:
• A piece of Bee themed cotton fabric approximately 6½” x 4½”
• Scraps of cotton fabric in complementary colours for the hexagons
• 2 pieces of white cotton 6½” x 4½”
I also used:
• 5 x 1” (side) paper hexagon templates
• 3 x pieces of heavyweight fusible interfacing 6½” x 4½”
• A single bee button
• 6” length of 3mm wide complementary ribbon
• Sewing threads
• Spray adhesive
• Quilting ruler and rotary cutter
1. Start by selecting half a dozen or so different scraps of fabric from your scrap box.
2. Take two of the paper hexagon templates and cut them as shown in the photographs above and below.
3. Lay your paper hexagon templates out so that they make a pocket shape.
4. Baste your hexagons without sewing through the papers so that they are easy to remove later and you can leave the basting stitches in.
5. Lay the basted hexagons out as you go so that you can see how the colours look together. You want a random look if you can.
6. Using a very small whip stitch, join the hexagons together to make the pocket.
7. Press the pocket and then remove all the paper templates. You can leave the basting stitches in, there is no need to remove them.
8. Mark and cut 1 piece of fusible interfacing to match the size and shape of the pocket and iron on firmly.
9. Use a little spray adhesive to secure the interfacing-side of the pocket onto a piece of white cotton.
10. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim the white cotton to the same size as the EPP pocket. Sew a button on near the top of the pocket.
11. Sew two lines of stitching along the top of the pocket, using a complementary thread. I used black on the top and white on the bottom throughout this project. I like to use different stitch lengths for each row as it gives a ‘shabby chic’ look to the end result.
12. Take your remaining piece of white cotton and iron on a piece of heavyweight interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
13. Repeat with the bee fabric.
14. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim the stiffened bee fabric to 4” x 6”. Position the pocket and sew on with two rows of stitches.
15. Take the length of ribbon and gauge how much of a loop you need to be able to close the pocket securely. Stitch to the top of the postcard.
16. Use a little spray adhesive to secure the interfacing-side of the bee fabric to the interfacing side of the white cotton.
17. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim the stiffened postcard to 4” x 6”. Sew around the edge of the postcard with two rows of stitches.
You can now put something into the pocket and send it out in the post. Although you can send fabric postcards through the mail as they are, I would always recommend sending a pocket postcard in a cellophane wrapper or envelope, just in case the content falls out in transit! Don’t forget that you will need to use a permanent pen, such as a ‘Sharpie’ to write on your fabric postcard (in case it gets wet in the mail).
I really enjoy making postcards and I hope that you enjoy making this project. If you do, why not pop along and join us in the UKQU Postcard Swap group?