Embroidered or Quilted postcards

Hi all,
I’ve been wanting to try out creating postcards from old embroidery I’ve worked on and leftover blocks from quilts I’ve made in the past. I glued the fabric onto a blank postcard, added a blanket stitch round the edge so its more securely attached to the card, then added a message and stamp to the back.

I made several mistakes in the process (too much glue, and the threads in the back are showing through) but I’m pleased with the result - and the postcard arrived safely in Latvia.

https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/GB-1770076

Has anyone else tried creating postcards from fabric? Any success stories? Any mistakes which we can learn from?

All the best, Louise

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It looks great, so I’d call it a success!

There’s a thread of Postcrossing called Share Your Handmade Postcards and Mail Art. People show pictures or links to what they’re doing and sometimes as for advice.

Here’s a particularly relevant thread you should check out

https://community.postcrossing.com/t/quilting-share-and-inspire/280904/59

And somewhere I’ve seen a long discussion of one Postcrosser’s methods for quilting cards - it was linked recently on the Postcrossing blog so you might try looking back through that

In any case I applaud your work and hope to keep seeing more of it. :clinking_glasses:

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I started making quilted postcards during the shutdown and I didn’t learn about postcrossing until this past December. I have participated in quilted postcard swaps outside of postcrossing and I have sent a few to postcrossers who say they like handmade cards in their profiles. In the past, I have quilted the fabric onto a Pellon product that is a stiff fusible - I can’t remember what number it is. Then I use a zig zag stitch to sew a postcard to the back. For the most recent one I sent to a post crosser, I just made the fabric part, then I glued it to a blank postcard, then zig zag stitched around it. This one was going to France, so I wanted it to be as close to postcard weight as possible. I use Elmer glue sticks -the kind you get at the dollar store - they work great.

If you want to see some of my quilted postcards, you can check out my Instagram - @spockie_

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What a lovely card you made :heart:

@scchua26 This is your time to shine! Your cards are beautiful and maybe you could share some tips?

Thank you, Anne.

I joined Postcrossing in April 2023 and started to use embroidery on homemade postcards not long after. Then I learnt about Postcards to the Front from a forum post by @Queen_of_the_Hounds, an initiative to send postcards to Defenders of Ukraine. Since then, I have sent homemade postcards via Postcards to the Front Australia’s Ambassador @Damage every month. Below are some of my amateur creations:

One of my earliest creation sent to @JulieBash for her mother Teacher Inna:

A postcard sent to another postcrosser privately:

Some of the postcards to the Defenders of Ukraine:
A bunny ballerina


A cheeky sunflower

A little tugboat

I tried learning some of the embroidery stitches online and apply them but was not always successful. I often got the threads entangled and start over and I found better threads and felts to work with.

My biggest motivation is being able to stitch my wishes to Defenders faraway, embroiled in a mindless war. The theme of the postcards are often of animals, flowers or something whimsical. I made them with the hope that a Defender may bring the card home after all the craziness end, and craft a story around the card for children in the family.

I invite fellow postcrossers to join the initiative. Happy Postcrossing!

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Beautiful cards. Postcards to the Front has now sent 12,371 cards to the Ukrainian Front Lines due to generous people like you.
To quote our founder Tamara L
As our defenders say: “psychological support sometimes is more important than food and weapons”.

Wow, these are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Some years ago we posted a tutorial on how to make a fabric postcard on the blog! It’s more like quilting than embroidery, but maybe you’d like to have a look for inspiration!

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