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 )