The inventor of Terial Magic, Terry McFeely, shows you some of her favorite tips for making DIY keepsake fabric appliqué postcards. Using fabric for postcards makes them a pleasure to touch and a delight to receive in the mail.
My passion has always been making art with fabric. Fabric postcards are the perfect medium to create mini masterpieces to send to special friends! Meisha, who accompanies us to many trade shows, came up with this idea. (You see her bicycle postcard below.) I just love these cards, so I made some of my own. They are so fun and easy to make, just imagine how thrilling it would be to receive a handmade art postcard.
Cut out the shapes and arrange them on the card. Then you'll piece background fabric using small zigzag stitches, or strait stitches, or near cut edging. Gluing cut shapes is another option for intricate shapes. I used Clear Gel glue by X- Press It. Tacking design in place Use double-sided tape to tack shapes in place while stitching being careful to keep tape placement away from stitching areas. I used High Tack Double-Sided Tape by X-Press It.
Zig-zag appliqué cards Here I used a fun alphabet fabric, "Watch Me ABC" by Alexander Henry. It is trimmed with 1/8" satin ribbon. Set machine stitch width to 1.5 and stitch length to 0.5 for outlining the letters. Then stitch the fabric to the water-color paper using stitch width to 3.0 and stitch length to 0.5. Experiment with your stitches to find what works best for you.
To make your own postcard using watercolor paper, use a fine tip marker to place a line along card center, ½" from top and bottom edge of the card. Or use our free 5" X 7" download and print on watercolor paper. Optionally, you can sign and date in lower right corner. Use a regular stamp to avoid post office metering.
Straight stitch or free motion appliqué Use a short stitch along the drawn outline of the figures. For the sun, I used a straight stitch close to edge then stitched just outside the figure's edge. Stitch the fabric to the back of the watercolor paper using stitch width 3.0 and stitch length to 0.5. Small imperfections in the stitching give the art a very homespun look that I LOVE!
Creating a gift set is fun to make and give as a treasured gift. I cut sun rounds from an ombre fabric to coordinate the cards with the same glowing sun as the backdrop. The deco women are "Glamour Girls" by Alexander Henry.
For personalized keepsakes, find fabrics that depict your style and taste or those portraying who you are gifting!
We challenge you to create one for your friend and share the end result with us in the comments below.