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.
- Blank Greeting Cards and envelopes (available at any craft or office supplies store). Mine are a very pale ivory.
- Glue stick and card stock or manila file folder to make your templates [See earlier Mod Hearts Tutorial for process]
- Templates. Templates for cards 5 inch block
- Paper Backed Fusible–I use a slightly heavier fusible for cards because I want the fabric to really stick.
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)
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.
STEP 5: Cut out patches using all 5 templates.
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!
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.
And you’re done!
I put the finished cards under a heavy book to make sure they lay nice and flat.