Monday, September 8, 2008

quilted postcards



Would you believe you can send something like this through the regular mail? And they'll treat it just like a postcard? Weird huh?

I learned about these at a crafting party thrown by my sister a few months ago. Since then, I've been the lucky recipient of several*. Imagine my delight at receiving this one in the mail from my niece, Jamie. Look at her stitching! Craft on, Jamie!

If you'd like to try it, construct a mini quilt that is 4 inches by 6 inches finished size, using thin cotton batting. In order for it to go through the mail unscathed, I'd personally skip anything that could catch, like a button. I have seen them mailed with all kinds of doodads sticking out, but I say 'better safe than sorry'.

One side will be your design, whatever suits your fancy. The other side should be white with the appropriate area for message, address and stamp.

My sister uses fabric markers to write the message, but you could also use that wonder of crafting wonders, freezer paper, to run your fabric through your printer (before it is sewn together. ha.).

Note: Request hand cancellation when mailing. Judging by the looks of some postcards I've received, there is a chance that your postcard will pick up dirt or grease from its journey, so I would avoid sending an embroidery masterpiece that you've slaved over for hours. Keep it fun.

*I am deeply chagrined to admit that the one postcard quilt I started months ago is still sitting on my craft table. Unfinished. It was for a little girl's birthday. Which was four months ago. Urg.

4 comments:

  1. Wow. Those are totally new to me. What a neat idea!

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  2. what a cute idea! I wonder how messy they get though. I always get my postcards back a bit mangled.

    It's amazing what you can send though the mail though!

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  3. What an awesome post card, if I say so myself.

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