Saturday, February 1, 2014

Let’s Start with Postcard Structure

February 2014
Sheree McKee
sewfabsew.blogspot.com

Fabric postcards (FPC) are basically layered sandwiches.   They need to be firm enough and durable enough to withstand mailing in the US Postal service.

Top layer:               
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!

Middle filler:  
HTC Handler Textile makes Fusible Fleece
Often contains a stabilizer, interfacing, canvas,
fleece or batting.  The filler will add substance 
to your FPC.  Middle fillers can be sew-in or 
fusible.

Backing layer:         
This should be a smooth or fine weave fabric, 
which is suitable enough to allow writing or 
rubberstamping.  Some fabrics are difficult to 
write on, and I have experienced this on many 
projects. Some muslin fabrics are too rough to 
take the ink evenly.  And often there are lumps 
of thread or bumps from embellishments.

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.


Final Structure:
Fleece or batting fillers result in plush, soft postcards
Your three choices above will determine the final outcome of your FPC.  Everything is held together either by fusing, stitching, quilting or gluing.  Maybe all of them at once!  It’s up to you, whether you like fusible products or not. 

Your fabric postcards will take on a personality!   Since variety is the spice of life, your experiments with stabilizers and fillers will lead you to a signature look.  Your resulting postcards might appear very soft and “quilt like” or stiff and “art like”.

Have fun experimenting!  

ShereeSews in M!ch!gan


HELPFUL PRODUCT LINKS

  • Batting ~ Cotton, polyester, or wool
  • Canvas ~ Try a double layer!
  •  71F Ultra Firm Peltex by Pellon - one sided fusible. This is my favorite!

VISIT THESE PELLON PROJECTS PDF

  1. Patchwork Heart Postcard Project
  2. Black & Pink Postcard Project
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