Thursday, December 9, 2010

no-sew fabric postcard gift set: make it or WIN it!

Do you like these?

If not, then you can move along to the next blog you have on your list.  If you do, keep reading because you have the opportunity to make these fabric postcards or win them.

First, you may remember the version of these fabric postcards that I made for my kids' pretend and play mail carrier set.  Or you may have seen these in the DIY Life eZine.  (If you haven't read the DIY Life eZine, you absolutely have to check it out.  It is packed with wonderful Christmas ideas and traditions.)  I'm posting this tutorial today because you can win a set of four fabric postcards, a pen and a set of stamps over at Keeping it Simple.  All you have to do is be a follower of twelve crafts for one entry and bonus entry if you follow Keeping it Simple.  So easy!!!  In fact Kaysi has a whole bunch of giveaways going on this week in celebration of her blogaversary. 

If you want to make your own set, grab a few simple supplies and you're on your way.  Then package postcards with a fine tip permanent or fabric marker and a set of stamps for the perfect little gift for your best friend, co-worker or sister-in-law.

Here's what you need:
• 4 – 3 ½ x 5 ½ inch rectangles of double-sided fusible stiff interfacing
• 4 – 4 x 6 inch rectangles of light-colored solid fabric for back side of postcard
• 4 – 4 x 6 inch rectangles of fabric for the front side of the postcard
• contrasting fabric scraps for cut-outs
• double-sided fusible web for light-weight fabric to fuse cut outs to postcard
• 1 package of 1/4 inch double bias tape in color of your choice

Here's what you do:
1) Center double-sided fusible stiff interfacing in between front fabric and back fabric, and iron according to package directions. There will be an edge of about a quarter of an inch of fabric all around the interfacing.

2) Trim fabric so that the edges are even.

3) Cut out shapes or initials from contrasting fabric scraps and fuse according to package directions to the front of the postcard using fusible web.

4) Cut four strips of bias tape for each postcard - 2 that fit the long sides of each postcard and 2 that fit the short sides of each postcard. Place bias tape on both shorter edges of each postcard and attach with no-sew fabric glue. Do the same with the longer pieces of bias tape on the longer edges of each postcard.

5) Cut and fuse long thin rectangles of fabric down the center of the backside of the postcard using fusible web.


Remember that these postcards can be sent in the mail as long as you check with your local post office about the current postage required. Or you can provide 4 x 6 envelopes in the gift set as well so that these handcrafted cards will not be marred with postal barcodes.

Head on over to Keeping it Simple ASAP to win this set!

Craft on!

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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

These are so pretty Elizabeth!! I don't know if I will have time to pack any before Christmas - but I would love to make up a few sets after the holidays to have on hand for those "Oh goodness - you gave me a gift and I have nothing to give to you" gifts. :)
Or just to send out pretty letters. Such a fun idea. Thanks!!

Unknown said...

I love these. And I just happen to have double-sided stiff fusible interfacing on hand. I think it's fate.

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