Mandala Christmas Tree Postcards
It's early December and all of my postcards are done! I finished up the mandala Christmas trees this weekend. These were really simple and I'll share how I did them. You have plenty of time to make some yourself and you can use ANY fabric for your tree.
But if you want to make cards like mine you will start with a mandala print. I hoard Paula Nadelstern fabrics so I have a lot of her mandala panels to choose from. If you want some Cotton Club has some of them left on the Kismet and Chromazone collections.
***Every fabric that I use on these cards is first backed with fusible webbing. Mistyfuse is my go-to fusible but any fusible will work. But these will be much easier if you can fuse them together.
These mandalas are printed with 8 symmetrical sections and I figured out what part I wanted for the center of my tree and then cut the mandala into 8 identical pie wedges.
My trees are about 4 1/4" tall in the center. Using my rotary ruler to carefully line up the center line I cut the bottom of my trees.
When I selected the mandalas that I wanted to use I also picked a background fabric. I went with mandalas in blue/lime/purple color palettes and found this batik for the background. These are cut 4" x 6" and fused to the same size pieces of Timtex or other heavy interfacing.
I found this stripe in my scrap bin and it is perfect for my tree trunks. I cut these about 1/2" x 1"
I found this great metallic (also a Paula Nadelstern fabric) in my stash to use for my snow-covered ground.
The fun part was fusing it all together! That went very quickly and, technically, you really don't have to do any stitching. But I like to add some stitching and I started with the bottom of the tree and the tree trunk.
I added a little decorative stitching with this utility stitch and some lime thread.
Next I fused on a back and then finished the edges. I used a serger but a zig zag stitch would work just fine.
I wanted to add a little something else. I could have added an embroidered star but I have a lot of crystals and made those my tree toppers.
Here's are all 5 mandala designs. I made about 32 of these cards!
Time to get busy addressing 80 postcards!
12/4/2017 02:52:39 pm
Sheer brilliance, Vicki! Love, love it!
12/4/2017 02:53:07 pm
Wow! Eighty hand-dyed and hand-made fabric postcards! That is quite a feat. A true labor of love. In my house, your fabric postcard are prized collectibles. Congratulations on having finished such detailed work so early in December. My hat's off to your Vicki.
12/4/2017 03:22:04 pm
Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the "how to" -even though I don't typically mail cards, I may make one or two to go on packages.
12/4/2017 04:14:09 pm
Those are fabulous! I love Paula Nadelstern's fabrics and I have some that could be used that way. Thanks for the tutorial.
12/4/2017 09:22:32 pm
They are beautiful Vicki! I love all of your creative projects.
12/4/2017 10:19:16 pm
Oh wow! So simple and yet so absolutely elegant. I love these.
12/5/2017 08:53:57 am
12/5/2017 09:01:24 am
Your tree postcards turned out beautiful. You are so smart to cut the mandala's into eights to get perfectly shaped trees.
12/5/2017 05:49:05 pm
I love the Tidal Wave Gradient. It would be perfect in the Storm @ Sea quilt I still want to make. I started one but did not like the combination of fabrics.
12/16/2017 06:54:55 am
These postcards are beautiful! I will be trying my hand at making some! I love your fabric and after the first of the year will be looking into getting an order in!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.