Loose Threads: Postcards-Another New Addiction

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Postcards-Another New Addiction

I have a new addiction.....er ..ummm..hobby.  I'm making fabric postcards!  They are really fun and pretty addictive.

This is one I made to send to a friend.  I hand sewed the flowers on before I added the fabrics, lace and ribbon. I'm still not totally sure what I'm doing, but it's been a lot of fun working on these.  It's also nice to find a use for some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.

I made this card to send to my grandson, Daniel, to thank him for asking me to go to the State Fair.

This was my first card.  I had the Valentine fabric close at hand, so that's why I made a Valentine card.


The card has a piece of Peltex in it to make it stiff.  It's fusible on one side, and is available at most fabric stores by the yard.  I cut mine about 4 1/4" X 6 1/4".  I bought a box of envelopes to mail my cards.  I know they would never go through the mail as a regular post card would, and the envelope keeps them intact and clean.  So if you are thinking about doing this and are going to send your postcards in envelopes, then it's best to get the envelopes first and then cut your Peltex to fit.

71f Peltex Ultra Firm 1-sided Fusible

When we went to Nancy's house for our quilt retreat a few weeks ago, I noticed that she had made several postcards.  She showed me her supplies and her cards and explained how she makes them.  Then later on, she showed me how she sewed one of her cards.  She also gave me several ideas of postcards I could make and send.

As you can see, I kind of jumped into this with both feet.  I even bought a carrying case to keep my supplies together.



Here are just some of the things I've found to make more cards.  Several of these came from the Dollar Store.  JoAnn Fabrics has a lot of cute things to use.  I found some of the things I used on Daniel's card in the scrapbooking section.



I'm still quilting.  Next time I'll show you what I've been working on.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

12 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I have read of one blogger who sends these through the mail without putting them in an envelope and she says they arrive just fine but I am doubtful on that when I get mail with the envelope torn - I would want to protect these in an envelope as well - they look beautifully done

Chantal said...

The postcards are absolutely lovely LuAnn!

sunny said...

I enjoy making postcards, too. Have you ever joined one of Sheila's swaps? http://sheilasquiltworld.blogspot.com/
She usually does 2 or 3 a year, and she makes beautiful postcards!!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I would LOVE to receive such beautiful cards!! (And like SOME cards that I get in the mail... these would NOT go in the trash!!!)

Chookyblue...... said...

looks like your going to enjoy making the postcards..........

Jennifer M said...

LuAnn I have not seen these before and I love them! I am familiar with counted cross stitch mail art but not quilting/scrap book style. I have several quilty friends who would love to receive these. Thank you for inspiring me today: )) I happened across your blog while searching for some fabric and I am glad I found you.

Jennifer

Jeanne said...

Looks like a lot of fun, LuAnn!

Janet O. said...

I made a couple of postcards a few years ago and felt it took me almost as long as a small quilt. I must be really slow.
Your cards are so pretty. What a treasure to receive one in the mail!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

These are lovely 💖💗💚

Val said...

Love the case you bought LuAnn, want to share where it came from? Love the cards too!

Julierose said...

Oh these are so cute and such a great way to use up more scraps!! thanks for the tip about Peltex...What did you use on the reverse side? Did you write a message maybe?? hugs, Julierose

~Niki~ said...

very pretty! These would make great cards for Valentine's Day.

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