Monday, 22 September 2008

First Fabric Postcard

It was a quiet day here today as the boys were out, and as I was still feeling poorly, it was lovely just to spend the day pottering about and having a go at making a fabric postcard.

This was the rough layout of what I had planned.

I used bond-a-web on all the fabric pieces to aid in piecing it all together and to give it more stability to go through the mailing system. The diagonal seams I used herringbone stitch using Anchor Marlitt in a gold colour.
The autumn harvest square I appliqued to the front using blanket stitch. I stitched this using Anchor Perle cotton.

This is how it looked after I folded back and secured the edges. It now looks more like a postcard. As I wanted to add some quilting detail, I machine stitched some wadding in place, to fit the appliqued square.

I then quilted the pumpkins using one strand of the Anchor marlitt. I was then ready to add the buttons.
For the back of the postcard, I bonded some cream fabric to some stiff interfacing and then bonded to the front piece of the postcard. For extra security, I stitched around all sides, lacing the two parts together.
Here is the back ready to be addressed and sent off. I really enjoyed this, and can't wait to do another one. I think they are a great idea for sending a lovely surprise to someone. I know they will definitely get easier to make too, this was another learning experience for me.

8 comments:

Ginnie said...

This looks really good.

Karan said...

Had heard of/seen Mail Art (envelopes) before but not postcards. Looks fabulous! :0)
Hope you're starting to feel much better.

Karoline said...

It's lovely, congratulations

Lili said...

Amazing job!!!

Angelcat said...

I can't believe this is your first postcard, you did an amazing job, be warned they are very addictive, lol!

Paula Hewitt said...

lovely - the first is always the ost difficult- once youve worked out how to construct the sky is the limit!

Elena said...

Wow! Very artistic card! Love your stitching! The quilted pumpkins gives a very nice 3-D effect! Very beautiful work!

Gina E. said...

Hi Jane,
Wow, this is really something! I wasn't game to put buttons on my postcard, in fact even with the beads, I'm not sure I'll put it in the mail as is. Prefer to put it in plastic or a padded envelope just to be on the safe side.
Karan, I just love mail art envelopes! I have one from a friend in the USA, and I have done one for someone else.