Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sewing Green

March 7, 2017
Sheree McKee


Display fabric postcards

๐Ÿ€ Green Green Green... the color is fresh and cheerful.  It's also the welcoming spring hue of St. Patricks day.

I like to display my collection of swapped fabric postcards (FPC) during holidays.  They have replaced traditional holiday decorations in my kitchen.

Display fabric postcards

๐Ÿ€March in Michigan still feels like winter without any leaves on the trees plus cold weather

This window has a north exposure.  Since the postcard backs face outward, and they only display for about 10 days, I really don't worry about any fading from sunlight.

Display fabric postcards

๐Ÿ€ One of my favorite holidays is St. Patricks Day.  I try to join postcard swaps during this time of year, just to increase my collection of Green fiber postcards!


๐Ÿ’šRecently, I completed these green postcards for an upcoming March swap.

They are dimensional pinwheels, inspired from a blog by Teresa Down Under called Sewn Up: 41 Fabric Manipulations

If you look closely, you will see a gemstone on each one.

Here is the link to Origami Pinwheels by Teresa Block #22

prairie points at sewfabsew.blogspot.com

๐Ÿ’š This postcard contains 5 different prairie points.  It was an impromptu throw-together, without any planning.  Just a sew as-you-go project.  But I am happy with the results.

Threads for couching and bobbin-work

Speaking of green, let's talk about a few "green things" you might want to try on your postcard projects.

Knit-Cro-Sheen by JP Coats works nicely for "Couching" and "BobbinWork" techniques.  It is a size 10, cotton crochet thread that comes in solid or variegated colors.

This multi-tonal green has many uses and is one of my favorites to work with.

Pearl Cotton by DMC is another great alternative with a beautiful pearl finish.


I have zig-zagged over stands of crochet thread to add surface texture on past fabric postcards.   I've also couched several strands at a time, using a specialty presser foot, along the outer edges of my postcards. This makes a unique looking edge.

  1. While these threads are too thick to use in a machine needle, you can hand-wrap a bobbin with them.  
  2. Then loosen your bobbin case screw to allow an easy thread flow.  
  3. Now you can stitch on the wrong side of your project to create some "Bobbin-Work" techniques.  
  4. With bobbin-work it's best to use airy, loose-style decorative stitches to prevent knotting.  
  5. Select a longer stitch length and a tighter top tension to draw the heavy threads upward .  
  6. Test a stitch sample to get the feel and look you want, for best results.

Trim for embellishment


Or spelled Ric-Rac, is a craft braid trim that's flat, usually polyester and used for sewing and crafting.  This trim comes pre-packaged or by-the-yard.  It can add a whimsical addition to your FPC.  Some crafters and seamstresses prefer the vintage cotton versions when working with vintage fabrics.

  •   Baby 1/4" width
  •   Medium 1/2" width
  •   Jumbo 5/8" width


Attached to Rick Rack Blog

How to Sew with Rick Rack: The Most Terrific of Trims

How to Sew RickRack to your Quilt like an Expert

Fusing Rickrack Tutorial



Buttons and flat embellishments are the perfect compliment to a fiber postcard.  But their thickness can add to the cost of shipping if your envelope is more than 1/8" in thickness.  

When I create highly embellished postcards, I usually ship them inside envelopes to protect the surface.  Sometimes I add a single layer of bubble wrap over top. And I automatically plan on using two-ounce postage rates.

Fine pewter buttons made by treasurecast.com
Celtic Sisters Knot

Heart celtic buttons by treasurecast.com


Here are some beautiful Celtic Buttons created in fine pewter by Treasure Cast of Boise, Idaho.  

These USA made, pewter buttons have shanks to either sew on, or clip the shanks off with a wire cutter and glue the buttons in place with some E-6000 adhesive.

A handmade, St. Patricks Day postcard would make a nice surprise to send to your friends!

Pull out all your green fabrics and notions to stitch up your creation!

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