Show your love by making your own Valentine Fabric Postcards! Fabric postcards are little pieces of art that the recipients can display and enjoy, and they are so fun to make!
All you need are some fabric scraps, some Fast2Fuse or other very stiff double sided fusible interfacing and some lightweight double sided fusible web like Wonder Under.
Cut the Fast2Fuse into 4 x 6 pieces. These are okay to go through the mail at the standard first class postage rate.
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Have a piece of freezer paper or a Teflon sheet handy, or you’ll fuse the Fast2Fuse to your ironing board cover. Ask me how I know? 🙂
I like to take a piece of fabric for the background that is bigger than 4 x 6 and fuse it to one side of the Fast2Fuse. Make sure that the other side is on the freezer paper or Teflon sheet on your ironing board. Then trim the fabric off of the fusible. This is easier, and there is no mess on your iron if the fabric wasn’t just the exact same size as the fusible.
Then, take scraps of fabric and apply the Wonder Under or other double sided fusible web. Cut out a heart shape, then peel off the paper. Fuse to the background fabric, again on the freezer paper or Teflon sheet.
Head to your sewing machine and use your free motion foot. Lower your feed dogs and stitch unevenly around the heart three times. I learned that I really like the uneven stitching BETTER than even stitching. But feel free to stitch evenly if you like that look better. It’s your postcard – your preference.
Time to back the postcard now. Lay out a large piece of white muslin on your ironing board. Then place the postcards with the fusible side down (right side up) on the muslin. Press enough that there is a bond. Then, turn it over and press well with a lot of steam to secure the fusible bond. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with your fusible web because instructions can vary from brand to brand.
To finish the postcard, put on the regular foot and stitch about 1/4″ in from all edges one time.
Here are some of my finished Valentine Fabric Postcards:
Ready to write a sweet note and address! Make sure the address is placed correctly on your postcards, the right half of the back of the card. Put a stamp on it and mail some love to someone!
Another year, more fabric Valentine’s! These aren’t 4×6 and ready to put in the mail, they are 5×5 and will need to go into an envelope for postage and mailing.
I have been having fun playing around with different textile paints and different ways to make marks on fabrics. It’s almost embarrassing how much fabric I’ve made, and not cut into. 🙂 Now is the time! I started with a piece that I loved, but knew it needed to be cut up into smaller pieces to be used. So I used it for the hearts.
Start by fusing your favorite fusible web on the back of your heart fabric.
Then cut out your stiff fusible like Fast-2-Fuse or Timtex to the finished size of your fabric card.
Fuse one side of the fusible to your background fabric. I made this hand painted fabric from textile paints, intentionally mixing blue, green and white to make the background vary. I then layered white dots printed with bubble wrap on top to add more visual interest.
Put the fusible web pieces on a Teflon sheet, like Goddess Sheets, or parchment paper, then layer your background fabric on top, cover with another Teflon sheet to protect your iron and press. You don’t need a good fuse, just enough that the layers stick together while you work on them.
Cut the now-fusible pieces of the background fabric to the size of your cards. I like cutting first, then fusing to the other layers, as I can control everything. You could just fuse a big piece of your stiff double-sided fusible heavy weight to the fabric and then cut to size — your choice!
Once these are cut out, I spread out the backing fabric and put the fusible side of the cut cards down on the backing fabric. I used white muslin for the back of my cards. Then place the hearts on your background and press.
Now cut the backing/muslin fabric to match the outline of your cards.
Now is the time to stitch! I like messy stitching – I think it adds character, and you don’t have to try to be perfect! 🙂
Here is start of the stitching around the heart. I use my free motion foot and lower my feed dogs.
I like to go around 3 times and make sure the lines are wobbly. Because I like the look. But, you go with what you like!
Then, I put on my 1/4″ foot and do a border stitch to finish off the card.
Now they are ready for a personalized message added with an acrylic or permanent marker on the back, put in an envelope and sent to those you love and care about!
Check out all of the DIY Valentine’s Day projects on Create Whimsy.