In June of last year, I wrote some blog posts describing many of the basic techniques for using the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 electronic cutting machine and the standard tack cutting mat. See why the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 is a great tool for quilters.
Last month I wrote another series of QUILTsocial blog posts about more creativity with the Brother ScanNCut and shared with you how to make a heart-design pillow and a heart-themed quilt banner. When making those projects, I cut out lots of fusible-backed heart shapes.
When I started thinking about this month’s blog posts, I was trying to think of another project to use up the extra heart shapes. Then, one of my quilt groups decided to make Valentine’s postcards. So now I had the perfect project and also a chance to learn some new techniques for both the Brother ScanNCut and my Brother BQ3050 sewing and quilting machine!
Along with my fusible-backed heart shapes, I had all the ‘negative space’ fabrics, and some odd bits of fusible fabric from other projects. I know we all hate to throw out those little scraps, so let’s use them to make some postcards and regular greeting cards! Postcards are usually about 4″ x 6″, so you don’t need large amounts of fabric.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Small pieces of fabric that have been backed with fusible web. I prefer to use batik fabrics for this type of project, because it tends to fray less than other fabrics, but good quality quilting cottons work very well also.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the fusible web you’re using, and apply the fusible web to the wrong side of your fabric.
- Fabric for the back of the postcard.
- Heavy-weight interfacing that’s fusible on both sides. There are many brands available, including HeatnBond Non-Woven Craft Weight Fusible Interfacing.
- Small pieces of batting – another chance to use up some leftovers!
- 1 piece of template plastic 4″ x 6″.
Here are some of the postcards I made using the Brother ScanNCut SDX225, along with some scraps of fabric and batting. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow when I show you how to cut your heart shapes and get ready to make your own fabric postcards!