Island Batik Mod Hearts Card Tutorial

This is a tutorial on making fused fabric collage greeting cards using Island Batik fabric and my Mod Hearts block in a slightly smaller size than the original miniquilt pattern I blogged about HERE.

Mod Heart Greeting card made with Fused fabric. Heart is on the front of the card.  I’ll handwrite my personal message on the inside.

I decided to use my Island Batik pink and red bundle for these Galentine’s Day Mod Hearts cards.

Galentine’s Day was created by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope. I like the idea of celebrating it with a card to my sisters, cousins and friends.  Although for me, ANY DAY can be a Galentine’s Day.  I love spending time with my Gal Pals–even the ones who don’t make quilts [yet].

Disclosure:  This bundle was provided to me by Island Batik fabric company in my role as an Island Batik Ambassador.

Here’s what you will need to make these fabric greeting cards using fusible fabric collage.

  1. Blank Greeting Cards and envelopes (available at any craft or office supplies store).  Mine are a very pale ivory.
  2. Glue stick and card stock or manila file folder to make your templates [See earlier Mod Hearts Tutorial for process]
  3. Templates. Templates for cards 5 inch block
  4. Paper Backed Fusible–I use a slightly heavier fusible for cards because I want the fabric to really stick.

Pellon 725 Paper Backed Fusible

STEP 1:  Print templates and glue them to card stock.  I also put a bit of 3M transpore tape on the WRONG SIDE of the template.  This tape is translucent and has a slightly rough texture.  It helps my templates grip better to the fabric.  Buy this product in the first aid aisle of any grocery or pharmacy.  I also put it on the back of my rulers to help them grip better.

STEP 2: Make your templates.    (Template making process is explained in detail in the original Mod Hearts Mini Quilt Pattern that you can download HERE. Mod Hearts Free Pattern Complete)

Use the Greeting card size templates.

Templates for cards 5 inch block

STEP 3: I decided to make 5 cards.  My template has 5 pieces so I knew that I needed 5 different Island Batik fabrics.  I cut 6 inch squares from my fabrics and iron on the paper backed fusible.  Remove the paper.  Here’s my set of 5 Island Batik fabrics cut roughly into 6 inch squares.  Four were in my Galentine’s bundle and the yellow square came from one of the 5″ x 10″ rolls.  I love adding yellow fabrics for Zing.

STEP 4: Line up the fabric squares with right sides ALL FACING UP.  Place a template on top of the square.  You’ll cut through this whole stak.

Using clover clips to hold stack together for cutting with scissors.

Or, cut with a ruler and rotary cutter. A rotating mat makes this easy. If you don’t have a rotating mat, then here’s an easy fix.  Put a small mat on top of your regular mat.  Cut on the small mat and gently turn it as you go!

 

STEP 5: Cut out patches using all 5 templates.

I put the cut pieces under the template to keep them in order.Cut

STEP 6: Grab your blank cards and start making the layouts using the pieces.  I usually open the card and lay it flat on my ironing surface.   I used all 5 fabrics on each card. It’s improvisational so the patches do not have to line up!

First card layout

2nd card

After laying the pieces out,  place a piece of PARCHMENT PAPER over it.  Iron gently with a medium hot iron.  It only takes about 5  to 7 seconds for the fusible to bond the fabric to the front of the card.

Parchment paper protects the card and fabric and keeps fusible off of your iron

 

Find parchment paper in the baking aisle. Comes in white or brown. Excellent for protecting your iron while fusing.

And you’re done!

I put the finished cards under a heavy book to make sure they lay nice and flat.

Use up those leftovers….make more cards!!

I used leftover slivers to make an abstract card! I saved the others and I’ll add other colors later.

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8 Responses to Island Batik Mod Hearts Card Tutorial

  1. Brenda Ackerman February 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Hello Carole; Thank you for sharing this great tutorial! I have been thinking of something to make that is completely different for a couple of friends and was drawing a blank. Your idea and step by step tutorial will be a fun way to use up some fabric scraps in a unique way! I hope that you have a great day!

  2. Maryellen McAuliffe February 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    Great project. Welcome to the Ambassador club! I can see you’ll add a fun spark to our group.

  3. Terri February 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    Can’t wait to be inspired to try some improv in the Ambassdor group this year!! Thanks!

  4. Kathleen McCormick February 12, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Lovely tutorial and really fun cards! Such a creative and fun little project!

  5. Jude Brown February 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this fun heart design with us! I’m dieing to make these improv ones. Just in time for Valentines’ too, but mine will have to wait. Hearts are good any time though, am I right?

    • Carole Lyles Shaw February 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

      Hearts are great anytime and used for baby quilts by a lot of people. I have another version coming in a day or so!

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