Whats in my bag of trinkets

Posted by Ruth on 6 April 2013 | 2 Comments


It's been a very long time since I made a fabric postcard. Once I used to make a lot of them. Today I decided I'd have a bit of fun and make another. I had something in mind and I wanted to rumage through my bag of trinkets.

First I printed off a backing for my postcard. I used one of the backing in my download here: Postcard backing 

Today I used card to print on, but usually I use treated fabric and print directly on that. (Note: if you want to learn more about printing on fabric, I have an indepth e-book available - Printing On Fabric)

I used peltex which is a thick, but soft interfacing. It is almost like compress batting. It is firm and rigid but it can easily be sewn through. I used this for the inside.

I cut a 4" x 6" piece of fabric for the front and fused it onto the peltex, then added a couple of dark green applique leaves which I just happened to have spare from another project. Also in my bag of tricks I found some of those plastic leaves which was just ideal. I positioned them all on one side, pressing the fused applique leaves in place.

Leaves in position

Then I stitched them on, stitching twice around the appliques, but only once around the plastic leaf. I also stitched up the center vein to hold it firmly in place. It adds texture as it isn't fused down to the background and almost looks real.

Leaves stitched on

Next I decided to add some sequins to represent small flowers. I stitched them on by hand securing them with a tiny glass bead in the center.

Sequins added

I needed something more so back to my bag of tricks in search of something. Ahhhh I found a 4 leaf clover. Perfect. On it went.

A 4 leaf clover added

Now to add the backing and secure all the layers together. I had some cool bobbly yarn in my box of tricks and wanted to use it so attached it around the edge with a free-motion zigzag.


Now I'm complete, just need to write on the back and pop it in the post. You see, today is someone's birthday. You could say my most avid follower so I wanted her to know I was thinking of her as I made this card for her. Hi Mum! By the way, the 4 leaf clover was perfect because I remember as a child, my mother was always finding these. I have never found one!

Written message

Even though we cannot be together on your birthday, now at least I can share something with you as this postcard travels your way. Check your mailbox soon.

I have a free lesson on how to make these postcard. Instructions also include things you need to know for postage. Once I used to post these as a postcard through the mail, but for a time many people complained the cards were being stolen or lost so now I stick them in an envelope, especially seeing as some of the items a bulky such as the 4 leaf clover.


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  • Thanks Jen, they are certainly fun to make and do not take too long either. Interesting to find, the PO charged me an extra 20c to post.

    Posted by Ruth, 09/04/2013 6:36pm (7 years ago)

  • I have never made a postcard but am certainly going to have to give it a try as I have lots of Pel-tex that I can put to use this way.
    Happy Birthday to your mum.

    Posted by Jen, 07/04/2013 1:03pm (7 years ago)

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