Fabric Postcards Make Fun Small Quilting Projects

2 Jun 2014

Whether you want to use up bits of this and that in your studio, experiment with a new supply or technique, practice your free-motion stitching, or you're just looking for something fun to quilt in a day, fabric postcards make great small quilting projects.


small quilting projects fabric postcards cheryl sleboda

Fabric postcards by Cheryl Sleboda, from the 
Feb./March 2014 issue of Quilting Arts.
There are few rules when it comes to making these tiny, quick quilts. The finished size should be 4" x 6" and they should be relatively flat. You can mail them--just be sure to take them to your local post office to get the accurate postage and have the postcards hand cancelled.

Most fabric postcards consist of a decorative quilt top, a plain fabric backing, and batting made of fused felt, thin fusible fleece, or fusible interfacing. Use a zigzag stitch, satin stitch, or hand stitching to bind these small quilting wonders.

You can make these quick quilting projects even faster by making a large sandwich, stamping, painting, or fusing fabric over the top, and then slicing it up into 4" x 6" pieces. Then you just embellish and bind.

Here are some other ideas for decorating the small quilt top:

  • Free-motion stitching or sketching.
  • Stamping with acrylic paint or fabric paints.
  • Fabric collage.
  • Fused appliqué.
  • Mixed-media collage.
  • Embellishment with seed beads, sequins, lace, and trims.
  • Hand embroidery. 
  • Photo transfers.

When you've finished your postcard, write your message and the recipient's address with a permanent, fine-point marker. Then head to the post office to send your little masterpiece on its way.

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P.S. Have you made fabric postcards? What techniques do you prefer? Leave your comment (and a link to your fabric postcard projects, if you have one) below.


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NeonKitty wrote
on 3 Jun 2014 7:53 AM

I use Peltex II (the heaviest 2-sided fusible) for postcards...it is quite stiff and perfect for this purpose.  Sometime miniature art quilts, sometimes just thread-sketching to enhance a lovely pattern on a batik....or, print an altered photo onto fabric, layer a piece of batting between the Peltex and the top layer and "carve" shape into the picture using invisible thread!  Time to start making pet postcards for Houston ;)!

Sandistyle wrote
on 3 Jun 2014 8:12 AM

I made a selection of fabric postcards last year and gave them to friends who were going on holiday to send them back to me. Once I received them back I wrote a book for my grandson which told him about the wonderful adventure the cards had been on . All in all the postcards had actually, in total, travelled more than three times round the world.

I made the postcards from cotton I had bought in Egypty but as it had been lying in a box for quite a while I thought I would make the story round the fact that the fabric should go off on an adventure. Every card arrived back safely and totally undamaged

Sandistyle wrote
on 3 Jun 2014 8:13 AM

I made a selection of fabric postcards last year and gave them to friends who were going on holiday to send them back to me. Once I received them back I wrote a book for my grandson which told him about the wonderful adventure the cards had been on . All in all the postcards had actually, in total, travelled more than three times round the world.

I made the postcards from cotton I had bought in Egypty but as it had been lying in a box for quite a while I thought I would make the story round the fact that the fabric should go off on an adventure. Every card arrived back safely and totally undamaged

sally13673 wrote
on 3 Jun 2014 6:07 PM

I have made sent perhaps more than 100 fabric postcards and consistantly had the same problem. Nearly every time I approached the counter at the post office I was scolded and warned that fabric postcards were not legal to send through the mail.  If I was not scolded, I was charged an exhorbitant postal rate for hand stamping, weight, etc. This happened in many places and states. In response, I still make fabric "postcards" but they now fit inside an envelope. I add regular postage to the envelope and drop them in the mail. It is a little disappointing, but better than being scolded on a regular basis.

on 3 Jun 2014 7:46 PM

Does anyone know, offhand, if Canada Post still hand-cancels and would accept fabric

postcards ? I would love to try this. Seems a great way to try new techniques without a

huge investment in a large project.

eswatniki wrote
on 7 Jun 2014 10:12 AM

I love making postcards for all the reasons you mentioned.  I even made a tutorial for our quilt group because I love them so much and gave them a kit to take home so they could make their own.

elaine-hemmedinbyhim.blogspot.com/.../Post%20Card%20Tutorial

Sheila M. wrote
on 7 Jun 2014 10:24 AM

Patricia , I live in Nova Scotia and send postcards often without any issues . Good luck :-)

JennieWhk wrote
on 8 Jun 2014 10:58 PM

What a great idea..

Thin I might try this in my teenager's workshop...