Santa Suit postcards
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook this week you have seen these cards coming together. I've done one step every day since Friday and with about an hour a day I got 30 of them made.
This design isn't original. I wanted to do a card that would use up some of my collection of felt and started looking around for ideas. I found this one while perusing the greeting cards in Target. I knew it would not only be great for felt but would force me to cut into the new "vegan leather" that I bought last month. Years ago when I was sewing garments faux leather was very popular and fun to sew with. This stuff looks and sews exactly the same but I suppose it's a lot cooler to call it "vegan". Of course, I don't know what the vegans think about it being made from petroleum products. Seems that might be an issue too.
But my Santa needed a nice belt and vegan leather is perfect even though I'm definitely not vegan. I an a little faux sometimes though.
I'm not going to give full instructions to make these because they are so easy but I will share a few tips. When I started sewing the belts on I realized that I had not gotten a teflon foot for my Brother sewing machine when I bought it 4 years ago. (I have one on order now.) The regular foot caused a lot of drag so I solved it by covering the belt in tissue paper and stitching through that. Then I ripped the paper off. It worked perfect!
I cut the white felt strips with my wavy rotary cutter blade. I rarely use that thing but I sure do love having it around for the few times I do use it. You can see here that I eye-balled the placement. I try not to get carried away with perfection when making postcards, especially when I'm doing 30 of them at a time!
I did a deep archaeological dive into the the stash for the belt fabric. This gold fabric is swimwear fabric and that means that it's 20+ years old! I knew I'd need that shiny gold fabric some day. It's perfect for my belt buckle! I ironed paper-backed fusible web to the back of it and drew the belt on the paper with a ruler and then cut them out. I fused these onto the card lightly before I top-stitched them with gold metallic thread.
Yesterday I finished them all off with a black serged edge. I think they turned out really cute and they came together quickly. I now have a total of 60 cards an only need 20 more. Hopefully I'll have them to share Monday. I'm in the mood to make some veterans quilts and that's keeping me focused to get the cards done first.
Tina in NJ
11/29/2018 12:32:34 pm
Too stinkin’ cute! How easy, even if making regular cards and using scrap booking supplies!
11/29/2018 01:52:04 pm
Those are so cute! Thanks for sharing the fun idea!
11/29/2018 03:24:45 pm
Those are so cute!!
11/29/2018 06:36:24 pm
Perfect! I love these - so easy to construct but absolutely perfectly Christmas-y.
11/30/2018 08:17:35 am
Those are some fun and cute postcards!
11/30/2018 08:52:39 am
Vicki.....these Santa cards will be loved by all who are fortunate to receive them, as they are too cute for words.
11/30/2018 10:58:32 am
Honestly, I don't really worry about that. 99% of them arrive fine. Part of the fun is letting them fly off into the world on their own. I consider any marks just evidence of the journey....kind of like wrinkles on our faces.
11/30/2018 12:38:44 pm
These are so cute. I love the use of swimwear material. Your talent and generosity certainly spread the fun and sharing of the season. That one would be great for framing. HoHoHo Happy Holiday to you and your family.
Gabi with an Eye
11/30/2018 02:51:41 pm
Oh my word, Vicki! You're killing it! Your Santa Suit fabric postcards are fantastic! I had ben wondering what the red & white fabric strips were for (as seen in a prior post). Too many to become a US flag...and now I see the light!
12/7/2018 10:40:18 am
Those are just so adorable!!!
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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.