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Make an Easy String Pieced Fabric Postcard
Easy String Pieced Fabric Postcard

This quick and easy string pieced fabric postcard was made by surrounding a cloth tea-bag package with strips of fabric and ribbon.

© Janet Wickell

String Pieced Fabric Postcard

The fabric postcard above was string pieced, and that means it was quick and easy to assemble. Here's a little step-by-step that will help you make a similar card.

  1. Fussy cut a picture or motif from any fabric. Mine measured about 3-3/4" x 4 1/2" and was cut from the front of a cloth bag that originally held tea.

  2. Arrange the cutout right side up on a piece of muslin that's approximately 4-1/2" x 6-1/2", placing it at an angle and slightly off-center. Hold the motif in place with a straight pin or affix it permanently to the muslin with fusible web.

  3. Cut several strips of fabric that will look good with your motif. Use different widths for best variety.

  4. Place a fabric strip right side down along the angled top edge of the pictorial, matching raw edges. Trim the strip so that its width is about the same length as the pictorial's top. Sew together with a 1/4" seam. Flip the strip right side up and press.

  5. Place a second strip right side down along the bottom of the pictorial, aligning edges and trimming if necessary. Sew together and flip the strip right side up. Press.

  6. Continue adding strips to the top and bottom until fabric extends past the top edges of the muslin.

  7. Place a strip right side down along one side of the pictorial. The strip should extend past the top and bottom edges of the muslin and should also cover the raw side edges of the top and bottom strings. Sew and flip up. Add additional strips, stopping when fabric stretches just past the side edge of the muslin.

  8. Add fabric strips to the other side of the pictorial using the same method.

  9. Press thoroughly. Add lace, ribbons, trim and decorative stitches along seam lines or in any other location.

Layer the postcard front with filler and backing (page 3) and fuse binding to its edges (page 7).

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