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The Making of Postcards or how I procastinate from a new project or cleaning the house

What can you do with all those bits and pieces left over
from a project that are truly too small to use in another large project? And
what do you do when you are waiting for inspiration to strike after completing
that same large(r) project?

I make postcards! I have found that I enjoy working within
the confines of a smaller space; the project is quickly completed and I can try
out some techniques or fabrics. This particular set of postcards is the
left-over bits and pieces from a Nancy Crow workshop this past spring. I tend
to do the same step for several postcards so I can create an assembly line of

Here is what I did:

First I created the backs or the arty side of the cards. I
use narrow-wale corduroy, left-over flannel from batting, occasionally just
batting or canvas all cut to approximately the right size of a post card. I
work on 4 by 6 or 5 by 7 size ‘canvases’. I do all the sewing by machine and then
embellish as each piece seems to need.

  1. Assemble all the pieces needed. I am using index
    cards from my sons’ high school essay days as the stiffener, a piece of Steam a
    Seam—here’s the chance to use any adhesive that behaves poorly otherwise, and a
    piece of white fabric—here I am using demo fabric which is a stiffened cotton
    used by sewing machine mechanics.
  2. Step TwoFlip the postcard face down.




3. Step 3Place the Steam-A-Seam or other fusible on the
wrong side of the postcard. Remove paper backing of fusible

  1. Place the index card—any writing face down.
  2. Backing or writing area in placePlace the demo fabric—I have also used any
    lightly colored fabric I have—including a large swatch sample book.




  1. iron in place
    Iron in place—be gentle. I use top heat to fuse
    the index card to the fabrics. In the past I have used two pieces of the adhesive,
    one on both sides of the index card to stabilize it for the edge sewing. Be careful that you do not scorch fabric; this step is to fuse the index card; not to ensure pieces will stay together in the mail.
  2. one post card ready for stitching edgePlace tiny binder clips on all four sides. I do
    this even when I have used two pieces of fusible and supposedly nothing should
  3. a stack ready for the sewing machineRepeat until you have a nice small stack. I tend
    to work until I have used all my small binder clips.
  4. Stitch around outside of postcard, removing
    binder clips as you go. Then you can embellish the edges which will be a topic
    for a future mini-tutorial.
  5. Final StepPut the postcards in a clear envelope and mail
    off to lucky recipients. I put the address on a sticky label on the outside;
    sometimes I sign my name and date on the demo fabric—but this particular batch
    had just my business card placed inside. I take them to the post office and
    usually pay first class postage.


I have no idea why there are numbers here and there through this post. Perhaps it is because I put numbers in the original writeup in Word and then WordPress thought I needed additional step numbers.

Finishing the edges is fun and I’ve experimented with several different methods. Including the index card gives the postcard the stability it needs and is not nearly as expensive as a stiffened fusible. I don’t worry about the archival-ness of these postcards–they are fun for me to make, fun for the postoffice to handle, and hopefully fun for the recipients.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sylvia, these are so much fun! Nice tutorial, too. Thanks!

    July 2, 2011
    • Hi Linda I’ve been slowly getting my life back in order after last year’s illness. I’m back to work but that is about all I can do in a day. I”m trying to do a bit more on my blog and with my artwork but it is slow going. the postcards are fun though and appeal to my attention span and don’t require a lot of lifting or long hours cutting or studying what else needs to be done to a piece. I”ve got some more in process to do some demos on how I finish the edges. Don’t hold your breath though, I’m slow at hand work and that is stage these are in. What are you up to these days? and are you coming to Festival? S

      My website Weir Sew Fine Studio is at Read my blogOver the Fenceat

      July 23, 2011

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