It is innovative because it uses computerized digital technology combined with fabric and quilting to create a one of a kind personalized art postcard to show appreciation for our troops and help them maintain morale during a difficult mission. It is so simple to do that it would be very easy to use as a service project for a scout, church or community group.
I was motivated to come up with the idea because my husband is an Army veteran who works on a military base where troops are constantly being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Husbands of several of my friends will be, have been or are about to be deployed many for the third time. I am in the process of making photo postcards for them using pictures of their children that I took during play dates. This project will make a difference in their life. These photo postcards, because they are made of fabric and not paper, should stand up well to the harsh desert conditions. They take a very small amount of time to create; but, they will be treasured and deeply appreciated by the recipient especially because of the use of a personal photograph image on fabric.
Step 1: Gather Materials, Supplies and Tools
Digital Camera or Scanner and Photographs
Ink Jet Printer and Computer
Colorfast Fusible Fabric (I use June Tailor brand, White Quick Fuse Inkjet Fabric Sheets, JT-930, 8 1/2inches x 11inches) http://www.junetailor.com/Products_PrinterCopierTransferPaper.htm
Patriotic Fabric for front of card (one piece of 100% cotton a little larger than 4in. x 6in.)
Light colored fabric for back of card (one piece of 100% cotton a little larger than 4in.x 6in.)
Stiff heavy interfacing double sided with fusible adhesive (4 in. x 6in.piece) (I use Peltex by Pellon; but, there are many brands out there such as Timtex, Fast2Fuse, InnerFuse)
Other sources are JoAnn Fabrics www.joann.com and Hancock Fabrics www.hancockfabrics.com
Thread- white and colors to coordinate with fabrics (100% cotton)
Fabric scissors (pinking shears, optional) http://www.gingher.com/
Fabric Pens (I prefer Pigma Micron because they come in a very fine tip and a wide variety of colors http://www.gellyroll.com/products/pens/pigmamicron/pigmamicron.html )
Step 2: Apply fabric to Front of Postcard
Step 3: Print Photo to Colorfast Fabric Sheet
Step 4: Prepare Printed Digital Image
Step 5: Apply Photo Fabric to Front of Postcard
Step 6: Prepare to Sew
Select threads for the top that complement your fabric. Always use plain white thread for the bobbin so you wil not be able to see the thread showing through to the back of your postcard where you will write your greeting and address.
I use a denim needle since the interfacing is thick. I also use a clear presser foot so that I can better see my work surface.
I always do a test strip on a scrap before starting to sew.
Step 7: Sew Photo to Fabric
Step 8: Apply back fabric
Step 9: Prepare to Sew Edges
Step 10: Sew Edges
Step 11: Write and mail
Thank you for letting the USA Troops know you support them!!!!!
IMPORTANT!!!! Do not address to Any Service Member or try to mail it directly to Iraq or Afghanistan.