Fabric postcards (FPC) are basically layered sandwiches. They need to be firm enough and durable enough to withstand mailing in the US Postal service.
Consists of fabric, fibers and embellishments. As your design layer, the sky is the limit! Most people don’t have any problems deciding on what to use on top!
|HTC Handler Textile makes Fusible Fleece|
There are also colorfast inkjet fabric sheets that you can run through your printer. This allows you to format text and fonts anyway you like! Most of these must be “set” by ironing the ink and images on the fabric sheets.
Cardstock is another backing option, and yes, you can sew through it! Tyvek and Teslin are non-tear, durable, specialty papers that also make nice backings. Personally, I like using an occasional cardstock and feel it hides some of those imperfections, making it easier to write a neat greeting and mailing address. Occasionally, I recycle a nice Tyvek envelope to use as a backing.
|Fleece or batting fillers result in plush, soft postcards|
Have fun experimenting!
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HELPFUL PRODUCT LINKS
- Artisyn synthetic paper (aka Teslin)
- Batting ~ Cotton, polyester, or wool
- Canvas ~ Try a double layer!
- Craf-Tex made by Bosal (sew-in or fusible)
- Fusible Fleece by Handler Textile ~ Two layers, fused to both the top and backing fabrics.
- 71F Ultra Firm Peltex by Pellon - one sided fusible. This is my favorite!
- Timtex stabilizer (sew-in only)