Monday, February 8, 2016

Wrapped Edges on Fiber Postcards

Sheree McKee
February 2016

The majority of fiber postcards I receive, are made with an overcast stitched-edge finish.  But there are other options that include wrapping.

Lace wrapped side edges with
scallop trimmed top and bottom

Valentine 2016

A wrapped edge is a pretty easy finish for your fabric postcards.  You can use most any fabric or trim that can be folded in-half lengthwise.

It won't take you long to master this technique. You can wrap only two sides, like I did on this Valentine postcard to the left, or wrap all four edges!

FOR LENGTH, cut approximately 6+6+4+4+3 = 23" long of desired fabric or trim.

A GOOD WIDTH, is 1 1/4" wide, which results in a finished 1/2" - 5/8" wrap on the front of postcard.

Valentines made in 2013

Options for Wrapping
  1. Double-Fold Bias Tape
  2. Flat lace 
  3. Fabric strips
  4. Fold-over braids
  5. Duct Tape (yes!)

In this view of the back, I used bias tape
in four separate steps.  

This is an easy method.

Easy Method:
Don't try to turn or miter any corners, instead you will wrap and sew each straight edge separately.  Work clockwise around your postcard, but trim the wrap after each straight edge and before you continue to the next edge.  There will be raw edges at corners, but a postcard does not get very much wear and tear to worry about this.

Advanced Method:
Use a continuous wrap, plan ahead for mitering at corners and connecting at the final meeting location.  This will take longer due to the careful mitering and turning at corners.

For Variety:
  • Cut fabric strips with scallop rotary cutter or pinking shears.
  • Layer more than one fabric color.
  • Insert rick rack for interest

Apply with:
  • Fusible webbing
  • Double-stick tape
  • Fabric glue stick
  • Then finish by stitching

Helpful Tips:
  • Cut strips after you apply fusible web
  • Leave postcard perimeter free of design elements at least 3/4" from all four edges

Lace wrap on two edges only

Scallop rotary edges, fused then stitched

A double flange method made by 
Nancy Goodman of Illinois

A pinked cut edge by Nancie Voegele of Texas

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