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Valentine's Day Fabric Postcard

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How to make a fabric postcard for Valentine's Day that can actually go through the post/mail
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Materials to make one card

one piece of  6" x 4" of thick, stiff interfacing  ( I use Timtex™ or fast2fuse® )
two 6" x 4" pieces of fusible web such as Bondaweb or  Steam-a -seam (not required if using fast2fuse)
one 6" x 4" piece of plain white cotton fabric
scraps of red, white and/or pink cotton fabric
pieces of red, white and/or pink ribbon
decorative hearts etc.
heart or other romantic rubber stamps
a postage stamp

Tools

a stamp pad with red permanent ink
a Pigma pen (or similar fine permanent pen)
scissors and/or rotary cutter, ruler & mat
ruler
iron & ironing board
baking parchment

sewing machine & thread (zig-zag and decorative stitching capability very useful)
and/or
needle and thread



Step 2: Note on Postal regulations

I have successfully sent and received fabric postcards sent "naked" through the postal system.  You can of course put it in an envelope if you prefer.  The more heavily embellished your creation ends up the more I recommend the use of an envelope to ensure safe passage through the automated sorting and franking machinery of the modern postal service.

The USPS website has this to say on postcards [my conversions in italics]:
Size limits:
  • Minimum: 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long by 0.007 inch thick [89mm x 127mm x 0.18mm]
  • Maximum: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high [152mm x 108mm]
  • Additional postage required for larger postcards
  • Postcards that are over 4-1/4 inches high X 6 inches long X 0.016 inch thick [152mm x 108mm x 0.4mm] are considered oversized. They will be charged as a letter or large envelope depending on the size
     
Royal Mail

Airmail:
Minimum size: 90mm x 140mm
Maximum size: 120mm x 235mm

First or Second class post:
Priced as for a normal Letter
Length: 240mm max
Width: 165mm max
Thickness: 5mm max


blossom92832 years ago
This is great, I think I might make these to leave in the home for unexpected notes to my family members. I'm adding it to my ToDo list on my scrapping blog (www.funtimescrapping.com)!!
lizzyastro (author)  blossom92832 years ago
Thanks, they are fun to do and I have received such a variety of different styles when I have taken part in swaps.
rainbowlory2 years ago
what a great job....... i love the whole idea..... thanks for sharing!!!
LittleWolf4 years ago
 These are very creative and they look very nice and professional. Thanks for sharing the idea!
lizzyastro (author)  LittleWolf3 years ago
Thank you - you are most welcome.  I just did some floral ones using fused Angelina fibre, they were fun too.
Jayefuu4 years ago
I like your cats :D They were cool.
lizzyastro (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Only Smokey chose to join me for this project, the other two were being anti-social.
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