Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges

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I love to make my own fabric postcards by creating photo art designs in Photoshop Elements, and then printing the designs onto fabric. Making fabric postcards this way is not only fun but it’s the perfect way to personalize your cards.

My favorite technique for finishing the edges is to use machine wrapped cording which is one of my favorite embellishments. I use this cording on many of my projects, particularly as a way to finish the edges.

I used it to embellish art quilts …

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

fabric journals

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

and I particularly love using it to finish the edges of my Art Bags.

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

Here’s How I Do It

Begin by making a length of cording. If you haven’t made machine wrapped cording before, you’ll find instructions here.

Then add a dab of fabric glue or fray check to the beginning end of the cording. Allow it to dry, then snip the end cleanly with a small pair of sharp scissors. The glue seals the threads together so they don’t fray.

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

Leave a tail of about an inch before you begin stitching. Butt the cording up right alongside the edge of your postcard and using a zigzag stitch, attach it to the postcard. When the zigzag stitch swings to the left, it stitches into the postcard; when it swings to the right it stitches into the cording. This takes a little practice. Attach the cording all the way round until about an inch or two from the end, then add another dab of fabric glue or fray check to the end of the cording where it will match up with the beginning.

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

Nudge the beginning end, and the end tail of the cording up against each other, determine where the end cut should be, and snip the end cleanly.

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

Butt the ends up against each other so they lie snugly together, and finish attaching the cording.

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

Once finished stitching, add another drop of glue in between the butted ends and allow the dry.

Making Fabric Postcards - Finishing the Edges

And that’s it … A perfect finish!

Fabric Postcards





6 thoughts on “Making Fabric Postcards – Finishing the Edges”

  1. Helen Cholmondeley

    Thank you Linda for making so much information avaliable to home crafters. It is wonderful to be able to find help in doing things without travelling all the way to the library.

  2. I love the look of the cording edge finish. Thank you for this tutorial. I’ll be passing it on to some others that I swap postcards with…they will like this too.

  3. I am so excited to find your site. Your tutorials and ideas are exactly what I’ve been looking for and will be sending friends your way. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I’ve just starting making fabric postcards, and found your website! Wowzers! Gorgeous stuff. i wonder if i could ever get this cording trick down!!!!! it is beautiful. Thanks for showing!!!

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for finding me. To get good at anything takes practice and patience. I’m sure you can do it 🙂

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