Hello seven thirty three readers! First, I’m not Kim, but I’m pretty sure you already knew that. I’m the queen of stating the obvious! And I’m also Elizabeth from twelve crafts till Christmas.
About eight months ago I began sewing and started a little blog called twelve crafts till Christmas on a whim.
You should know that twelve crafts till Christmas has very little to do with Christmas. You won’t find Christmas-themed recipes, decorating ideas, crafts, traditions . . . I think you get the idea. I know. I know. The name of my blog is a little misleading, but did I mention that I started it on a whim? That’s the kind of name I could come up with on a whim.
Twelve crafts till Christmas is really all about my journey in making all handmade Christmas gifts for December 2010. And before you ask . . . yes, I do need an entire year to do that! Along the way towards my goal, I’ve also been on a mission to inspire people to make at least one – just one (unless you’re inspired to do more) – homemade gift this year. There is nothing better than a gift that has been labored over and loved on, so I provide a bunch of tutorials and gift ideas mixed in with my own novice sewing and crafting antics and some super fun (and very messy) kids’ crafts/activities along the way.
Today, I’m going to share an easy, no-sew tutorial for a fabric postcard. I orginally made these to go with the pretend and play mail carrier sets I made for my girls. They will each be receiving their own set for Christmas.
However, since then I’ve made them for adult gifts as well. Make a set of six, tie with a bow, include a nice pen and a set of stamps, and you have a great little gift for a friend or co-worker. (With the correct postage, you can send these through the United States Postal Service.)
Here’s what you need:
1 – 4 x 5 inch rectangle of fast2fuse Double-Sided Fusible Stiff Interfacing (picture below)
1 – 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of plain or solid fabric
1 – 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of contrasting fabric
1 package of 1/4 inch double bias tape in color of your choice
embroidery thread or Peel n Stick Adhesive (optional)
Here’s what you do:
1) Again, embroider line down center of fabric rectangle that will be the write-on side. I actually used Peel n Stick Adhesive to make this line on the postcard shown here.
2) Sandwich stiff interfacing in between fabric and iron according to package directions. There will be an edge made up of about a quarter of an inch of fabric all around the interfacing.
3) Trim edges of fabric so that they are even all around.
4) Cut four strips of bias tape – 2 that fit the long sides of the rectangle and 2 that fit the short sides of the rectangle.
5) Sandwich fabric edges into bias tape and use no sew fabric glue to attach all four pieces of bias tape. Put two short sides on first and then long sides.
6) If you want extra security at the corners where the bias tape overlaps, you can put a few stitches in at each corner. This is optional.
7) Also optional . . . use Peel n Stick Adhesive to make a dividing line down the center of the write-on side of the postcard.
Enjoy making these for your children, friends, family or others. Remember you can send these in the mail as long as you check with your local post office about the current postage needed. And this is a great way to work at trimming down the pile of fabric you have in your craft area . . . you know you have a pile . . . maybe it’s even bigger than mine!
Thanks Kim . . . and thanks readers of seven thrity three!
As I sign off over at twelve crafts . . . Craft on!
I had no idea you could actually MAIL these! How fun is that. Thanks Elizabeth!
Majorly cute gift idea!!! 🙂
Awesome!!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
Its Good and easy way I will try it…Good design…
Nice idea! I also want to make craft before Christmas. Anyway, thanks for guiding me through this. Keep posting!
Thank you so much for the tutorial its gonna be a perfect gift ideas. Keep posting guys!