I read an article, sent to me by Robert Baird of Indigent Healthcare Solutions in Conroe, about quilted postcards. Ever since reading the article, I can’t get the idea out of my head. I saw a tutorial on YouTube, but it used paper on one side, which doesn’t appeal to me. I really want to do one on my embroidery machine, with an embroidered message and address on one side and maybe an embroidered photo on the other. But how will I quilt it without interfering with one of those designs? Have you ever made one? Send me your ideas!
I plan to have a tutorial for quilted postcards up on my blog by the end of this week. I don’t embroider the back of mine but I do use fabric and I think you should be able to adjust my method for what you want to do.
I saw you signed up to follow my blog so you’ve probably seen that I published my quilted postcard tutorial. I thought I’d give you some tips on how you could adapt this method when you also want to embroider the back of the postcard.
Embroider the two sides separately so you will still end up with a front and back layer. I have never worked with an embroidery machine but I think there are different kinds of stabilizers that you can use to reinforce the fabric? I would only use a lofty one for one of the sides (front?) and one that is a bit thinner for the other side so that the postcard won’t end up too thick.
When you are ready to cut the postcard to size you don’t want to cut the two pieces at the same time like I do in my tutorial because you have already embroidered both sides and don’t want to risk cutting off a part that should not have been cut off. First cut one side and use that as a template to cut the other side.
I think it is really important to use the firm interfacing somewhere because otherwise the postcard will end up looking more like a potholder than a postcard. I think it might be too stiff to use in an embroidery machine (but I’ve never used one so I can’t be sure) so my idea would be to ignore that it is a fusible interfacing. Simply cut it to the same size as the front and back and use it as a third inside layer. You’ll then have to deal with 3 layers during the assembly stage. That will be a bit more difficult but you could stitch the 3 layers together 1/8’’ away from the edge prior to attaching the binding or doing the zigzag stitch finish. I think that would make it easier to handle.
I hope this was useful for you and that you’ll end up making some great postcards!
Thank you, Emmely! I am definitely going to try this! Diana