Fabric Postcards: Easy Sewing Tutorial with Rob Appell of Man Sewing
Fabric Postcards: Easy Sewing Tutorial with Rob Appell of Man Sewing


Hey everybody, this is Rob from Man Sewing.
And you won’t believe what I found in the mail today. Now I knew we have a lot of fans
out there and this is really exciting so thank you all for following along on YouTube and
Instagram and Facebook and the newsletter. We love that you’re out there. But years
ago I had received this awesome thank you note. Now this one came to me in an envelope,
right? It’s made on a card. But it’s pieced and quilted. And what a really nice thank
you note that was. And this was when I did a presentation at a quilt guild. So that’s
a really nice touch. Thank you for that. But look what else I received in the mail recently.
This is so cool. It is a little fabric post card. That’s right. This thing could be
shipped to you because it’s got a cool stabilizer timtex inside. So let me tell you what the
fans are saying. Alright, ah! Much better. Now, Dear Rob. Thank you for Man Sewing. We
think it rocks. Can you join us for a quilting camp out? Love, Your Fans.
Ah! Isn’t that wonderful? So, yes I would love to join you for a quilting campout. As
a matter of fact, we’re going to make a quilting campout postcard just like this one,
right now for you here at Man Sewing. So let’s get ourselves started. One of the fun things you’re going to want
to start with is something like this. This is called a timtex. Now timtex is an extra
thick heavy stabilizer. But it can certainly still be stitch through. Most postcards are
four inches by six inches. So I’ve pre-cut this. And that’s going to kind of be my
template as I work all of us through this demonstration, right? There’s another product
you should know about. And I believe this one is called peltex. And if I move it just
right in the light, you might be able to see there’s a little bit of a sheen on there.
And that sheen is a fusible product so you could actually iron to that. Different reasons
for different stabilizers as always. I prefer this really thick one there. I’m going to
use this. I’ve got one I haven’t marked on so let’s trade that out. I’m also going
to need a little bit of scraps of any kind of batting will do. The batting is going to
add some of that fun loft and texture. Of course we’re going to want that cool camping
fabric. So I had to go hunting and Quilting Treasures had it. So I’m going to open this up right now because
we’re going to cut this in just a second, ok? And when I cut this I actually look for
the motif that I really like. So I’m finding these trees and these mountains and, and little
teepee right there. And I’m laying this on the print side. And I’m going to cut
larger, watch this. Ok. Didn’t need a ruler but I kept my hands out of the way. Didn’t
want to get hurt. Ok? We can set this aside for other cool projects later. So now what
we’re going to do is we’re going to prepare to do some of the free motion machine quilting.
And the free motion machine quilting on this is so fun because all you’re really going
to do is you’re going to follow these little lines around the teepee and the hills. So
when looking for something like that, you want to find something that is going to be
fairly achievable for your style of machine quilting, right? So you can see here where
we stitched all around the fantastic stuff. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to take our timtex or our stabilizer. We’re going to put another piece of that batting.
Then I’m going to position my fabric, and I’m looking for my motif and I’m kind
of using my hands to make sure that it’s fairly centered. And once that is all like
that, I’m just going to take it into the sewing machine, drop the feed dogs, put on
the free motion foot. And I’m going to stitch around the edges like I did here on this prepped
out sample. And this one’s cool. I like the little red tent on this one too. So anyways
I stitched around the edges. I just did my best job. Just do what you can here with it,
right? And now that gives it a little bit of texture, a little bit of loft and just
a little bit more creativity in there. Once that part is actually done, what I’d
like you to go ahead and do and the batting I have in here in a couple of different layers.
So I am going to cut this using that as my marker again from the top side.
Now you’re probably wondering why the batting
is on the back of the timtex. I was playing with multiple layers on this sample but you
can do with one layer or you can do with two layers. So ya it looked a little bit different
in both of those and I wanted to show you the different approaches. But I apologize,
I probably didn’t make that super clear, right? But now that’s trimmed down just
like that, ok? And the next thing we’re going to do is
we’re going to take just our backing fabric. And I recommend that you do your sewing work
first. And then you set up your label portion or your “postcardish” graphic there because
that makes it so you don’t have to work so hard to get it just squared out. So what
I’m going to do then is I’m going to take this piece here. And now this is my template.
And again I’m cutting. You want to go nice and slow here because you can easier cut into
that timtex and the fabric and the batting. And then as soon as I have this trimmed out,
we’re going to satin stitch to finish the edges. And satin stitch to finish the edges,
there’s a special trick that some of the machines have in their feet. If you look closely
I bet you have it in your tool tray as well. Check this out. Now this foot here has this
little bar. So you should be looking at it like it’s facing your machine or like you’re
facing the machine, right? It’s got this little bar inside the opening where the needle
is normally going. That little bar is going to lay right on the edge. See if I can hold
still there for you. That’s going to lay right on the edge as I’m stitching along.
So that my needle is zigging in the fabric and zagging on the other side of that bar.
And that’s what gives a nice finished edge for our satin stitch. So as I’m setting
this up, I’ll lay this here so you can see what we’re doing. And I literally took two
complete laps around the card just to lock in all of the fiber. My satin stitch is set
at a 4 ½ millimeter wide for the zig zag. And it’s a pretty short stitch length. It’s
a .5 stitch length. Now every machine is slightly different even though that’s supposed to
be a standard measurement. What I’m trying to say is do a little practice run, make sure
you like the way it looks. Now I have that specialty foot on there and
there’s no faster way that I can think of to break a needle than to just hit the gas.
So I’m going to literally hand crank. And I’m making sure that I’ve come clear of
the needle on one side and I’m now diving into the fabric on the other. I’m going
to give one more test. And now let’s go ahead and take it nice and slow. And we’re
just going to go ahead and satin stitch by machine around the edge. Now it’s kind of
dense in there so I’m kind of pushing and that’s where that nice timtex is really
a benefit. Because I can use the timtex like a, a wedge and help give myself a nice little
push through the machine that way. And that way I also don’t have to do such a dense
satin stitch because I’m going to go around this twice. That’s one of my tricks there.
I have a nice cotton thread on the top. And I also have the matching thread in the bobbin
so that if I were having any tension discrepancies you wouldn’t be able to tell it. So I’m
going to go ahead and enjoy sewing around the edge of this while you start thinking
about what you’re going to write as you send me a fantastic postcard, right? I think
this will be terrific. Last thing, like I said, I want you to think about doing, and
you don’t actually have to put the lines on it. But you do want to make sure you have
a place for your stamp. You’ve got a place for your address and there are some also clever
little backings and labels that you can find out there that add a little decoration to
the back of your fabric as well. Ok, one last tip for you here. This, as awesome
as it is, will not do very good if you put it in your DVD wrong and try to email it to
me.So put a stamp on it, send it through the local post. And remember, your computer best
serves you on YouTube here at Man Sewing.

49 thoughts on “Fabric Postcards: Easy Sewing Tutorial with Rob Appell of Man Sewing”

  1. Carol Prentice says:

    A very cute idea!

  2. Ann Witten says:

    That is so cool!

  3. Amy Snawder says:

    This technique will be perfect for some coasters I want to make, including the satin stitch edging. Is that an overcast foot?

  4. Beth Cooley says:

    I don't see how you did the writing side of the post card. The last clear instruction was the satin stich. Then to you talk about the writing side of the actual card. Do you hand draw it or what?

  5. Mel's Musings says:

    I can't wait to try this!

  6. socre8tive says:

    Great tutorial! I love this idea!
    I watch a lot of quilting tutorials and think to myself "well, that was nice or pretty or easy" but YOUR tutorials always make me think "yes! I'm going to do that!" They're such useful and creative projects that are quick and doable! Thanks for posting these videos for all of us!

  7. WildRemedies1 says:

    Love this idea! I need to mail out some Thank you notes to a few people and think this would be perfect.

  8. Kristie Price says:

    Oh my! What a lovely idea! I can't wait to make some. I enjoy mailing hand written notes to friends and family and this is a wonderful way to add another special touch. Thank you!

  9. CINDY ROMAN says:

    Very clever!

  10. Dave Bohr says:

    This is a great idea.  Could also be used, if you wanted to make a littlepicture to hang on the wall of a favorite fabric design.  Keep up the goodwork, Rob……………Barb

  11. sewgatormomm says:

    Thank you for this great idea! This would be so cute with kids' fabrics to send to my grandson.

  12. Judy Jensen says:

    Cute idea. I am going to check my machine feet to see if I have one of those feet. Great project for busy days.

  13. Junie Miles says:

    Photographers Edge sells stick on postcard backs for photographs, they would probably work for these as well!!!

  14. Darlene Frederick says:

    Have you made one using a serger to close the edges?

  15. Lindsay Chamberlain says:

    Love love love it!!!
    Fabulous tip about the foot change on the machine, I've always struggled doing the old way. THANKS Rob! xxx

  16. Diane - 2Campers says:

    without a doubt – a Christmas card of such would be put in the Memory box

  17. Kim Flohe says:

    What was the name of the stabilizing fabric that you used?

  18. PA Bennett says:

    What a wonderful idea. I have some very special fabric for Christmas and this has made me think what an amazing Christmas Card this would make! Thank you again for another great tutorial.

  19. Becky Rook says:

    LOVE!! One question, where do you get the template for the back? Thank you, Becky

  20. Joyce Bender-Lukas says:

    Ready to send you one by snail mail! Is that Man Sewing at MSQ?

  21. Marsha Eibert says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on making fabric postcards, Rob.  I've been wanting to try this ever since I saw then at the Sisters Quilt Show for the Wish Upon A Card project.  By the way, your class there in Sisters ROCKED!  Thanks again-  I enjoy watching your Man Sewing tutorials.

  22. Elysia B says:

    I just subscribed and I am so happy I did…I am grateful that you know to put all your videos in playlists..so few you tubers do that…and it makes it hard for viewers to find specifics and youtubers miss out on views they would have if they just made playlists 🙂

    I've learned so much from you already! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Please tell me would you be willing to do garment construction videos? Can you do sellable fabric items? And, can you do things most professional sewists know but generally unknown to sewists. Ive only studied it for a few months…but I want to learn and learn fast…again, you have made that possible by using play-lists!

    Blessings,
    E.

  23. Kathy G. says:

    This is so cool. Question. What kind of needle did you use for the symtex (sp?). And how much postage was on the one you received?

  24. Asteri ETERNAL says:

    Really cool idea! 🙂

  25. Mariellche says:

    Hi Rob,
    I was so inspired by this card so I made my own version and mentioned you. Look for my tutorial called "Mariellche 006". Thank you!

  26. Doug Lewis says:

    What a fun idea! I've got two 7-year-old grandsons and using superhero or star wars fabric will work well with this.

  27. Patman's Gram says:

    This has to be one of my favorites that I've used more than any of the others. It was fun sending my special postcards to my grand-kids. I even sent one to the RETIRED POSTMASTER of a nearby town (friend of mine for Christmas.) I had used a material with cuddly puppies ready for Christmas fluffy border with white fleece. My words were a big laugh, saying "Now look at the crazy things that can go through the Post Office." She loved it and said the only way it would have gotten to her was because I used a 49 Cent stamp. (Which I saw on your video) Thanks bunches this was a blast for me. Please enter me in the drawing. I'm under a different name in Face Book, but I will get the email if you send it. Thank you.

  28. Kathy Gentry says:

    I love this tutorial and. Hope to make them for Christmas next year!

  29. Roxanne Dalrymple says:

    I love this!

  30. Jewel Endicott says:

    Love this tutorial am hoping to do this for family Christmas cards but can't wait to try it why wait for Christmas

  31. Sharon Drobka says:

    You have such fun ideas! Love this – would be fun to do with kids at camp – just need the sewing machines for them!

  32. Barbara Houston says:

    So fun!!!

  33. J Slagle says:

    Rob, I saw the pressed foot you used, what is it called, where can I get it and will it work on Pfaff!

  34. Edie Darlene Edgmon says:

    What a cute/great idea!!!!! With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away this is a perfect way to use some of my beautiful Valentine fabric!!!!!

  35. Tanya Westergaard aka Parks says:

    You are too funny!

  36. diane motley says:

    what fun…..Valentines from Grandma! and thanks for sharing info about this foot that I have never used.

  37. olimpia borrelli says:

    Sei simpaticissimo e bravissimo.thank You from Italy

  38. Kathy Mason says:

    All the years (and it's been decades, I won't say how many 😉 ) and I never knew about the foot used for satin stitch. Thank you for this tip.

  39. Kathleen says:

    Just wondering if you have made a postcard using a pieced quilt block such as an Ohio Star? If so, please do a video to show how to put this together on a postcard.

  40. Mary Schutte says:

    My post office refuses to accept these for mailing. Please check before you go to the trouble of making them.

  41. SoCal Outdoors73 says:

    So I'm assuming there are no postal regulations or policies that keep a card like this going through the mail??? I'm assuming due to thickness & weight and standard stamp would be needed instead of a postcard stamp….?

  42. Rosemarie Gariolo says:

    Love this tutorial!! Such a thoughtful way to send a postcard and create a keepsake. Thanks for sharing!!

  43. 윤혜림 says:

    Wow I love this!!!!

  44. Cory Brandt says:

    Love this! This would be good for Christmas or any holiday. Also travel locations too.

  45. Mali Campbell says:

    I am wondering what is the name of that foot he uses to do the satin stitch? Is it simply called a satin stitch foot? It looks different than the one I have for my Singer. Mine doesn't have the little stop.
    Thank you! 🙂

  46. Rita Whitney says:

    Great job Rob !!!
    I love the design.
    I'll be waiting for mine too..🙋🦋

  47. Susan Black says:

    Hello and thank you ! I'm taking a class with my guild tomorrow . Just wanted to get the idea !! I will send you a card when finished !

  48. Jo Cropley says:

    What is the name of the foot you used ?..

  49. Kathi .K. says:

    Hi Rob,

    I Love your Videos so so much. I'm watching regularly and You got The Power to inspire me every single time! So i'm Wondering why You dont Upload more of your stuff 🙁 when will appear a new Video ? I'm so excited and waiting for You <3
    Sincerely from Germany

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