Wednesday, May 19, 2010

make it: no sew fabric postcards

I have a disease. I went to Hobby Lobby today to pick up one item that I needed to finish my eighth craft till Christmas. ONE ITEM! I left with said item . . . I also left with three rolls of fabric remnants. Okay, okay . . . all three cost me less than $3.00 total, but that's not the point. I DON'T NEED ANYMORE FABRIC! In fact, I have enlisted in Service Bootcamp in hopes of reducing my fabric supply. So tell me this: Why can't I resist the call of a great fabric pattern or a simple fabric staple for a super cheap price? I need an intervention. I need help.

In the mean time, here's a fabric postcard tutorial (showing my newest staple additions to my fabric supply - a simple neutral linen) . . . actually, there are two fabric postcard tutorials. Below is the first. It is basically a no-sew tutorial (with just a few optional needle and thread stitches).  Tomorrow's post will include a tutorial for a postcard that does involve using a sewing machine. 

But first, for those who don't own a sewing machine or just want a quick easy project to complete here's the no-sew option.  Remember this is part of my eighth craft till Christmas and goes with fabric stationery, fabric envelopes and a fabric mailbox.  Look at past posts if you are interested in those tutorials.

Get the following supplies:
1 - 4 x 5 inch rectangle of fast2fuse Double-Sided Fusible Stiff Interfacing (picture below)
1 - 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of plain or solid fabric
1 - 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of contrasting fabric
1 package of 1/4 inch double bias tape in color of your choice
embroidery thread or Peel n Stick Adhesive (optional)

1) Again, embroider line down center of fabric rectangle that will be the write-on side. I actually used Peel n Stick Adhesive to make this line on the postcard shown here.

2) Sandwich stiff interfacing in between fabric and iron according to package directions. There will be an edge made up of about a quarter of an inch of fabric all around the interfacing.

3) Trim edges of fabric so that they are even all around.

4) Cut four strips of bias tape - 2 that fit the long sides of the rectangle and 2 that fit the short sides of the rectangle.

5) Sandwich fabric edges into bias tape and use no sew fabric glue to attach all four pieces of bias tape. Put two short sides on first and then long sides.

6)  If you want extra security at the corners where the bias tape overlaps, you can put a few stitches in at each corner.  This is optional.

7)  Also optional . . . use Peel n Stick Adhesive to make a dividing line down the center of the write-on side of the postcard.

Enjoy making these for your children, friends, family or others.  Remember you can send these in the mail as long as you check with your local post office about the current postage needed.  And this is a great way to work at trimming down the pile of fabric you have in your craft area . . . you know you have a pile . . . maybe it's even bigger than mine!

Craft on!


Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

it's contagious I tell you. Just looking at your pretty fabric makes me want to run out to the fabric store....oh no! I think I have the disease too! lol

Papgena Made It said...

I think I have it too, but since in my neiborhood there isn't stores with that kind of offers (looks and price)...

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Postal, baby! Cuuute!

Sonia said...

silly girl, it's scientifically immpossible to go to HL and only get 1 thing.

Al said...

I had to enter fabric rehab a few years ago:) i love this idea - love you blog as well

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

So cute I wouldn't want to mail them. :)

Anonymous said...

I love all your fabric mailing items! I just need to get the supplies to create them for my kids! Oh my...I guess that means I need to go to HL...what a shame! Ha....j/ fav place to go!

Thanks for linking up with PonyTails and FishScales!

Erica said...

Stopping By From New Friend Friday. I actually read all of the posts too! Are we crazy? I love the title of your blog. I make all of my Christmas presents, and always swear to start in January-but somehow end up waiting until November! Lovely blog.
-Mama E

EllensCreativePassage said...

Great idea!! These are so cute, I am going to have to make me some!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

That are adorable! Great job! :)

raggygirlvintage said...

great idea, such a good way to use up fabric remnants!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Fabulous idea! These are adorable and who would not want to recive a beautiful postcard like these in the mail. Fantastic idea! Thanks for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

La-Dee-da crafter said...

My trip to Hobby Lobby last week, I did the same thing. Came home with remnant fabric for $ addicting.
Love these postcards!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Elizabeth Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your postcards today. Love these! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for linking to The Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Cassie said...

This is a great idea!!!
Love it!!!

Mad in Crafts said...

"No-sew" are magic words for me!

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Cheryl@scrapaddict4sure said...

You had me at no sew!

Rebecca @ Better Life Bags said...

Love this! It would be perfect to link up to my new link party called "Scrap Happy Saturdays".

It's basically a place to link to and find lots of projects on how to use up scraps and remnants!

I'd love it if you'd link a few of your projects up!


ShereeSews said...

I like your method for no sew fabric postcards. Thanks for sharing it. If you get a chance, I am listing you on my blog under tutorials.

ShereeSews in Michigan

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