Postcard Holder

Materials

  • 25 cm (3/8 yd) of fabric for the pockets and sashing.
  • 15 cm (1/4 yd) of fabric for the pocket edges
  • 15cm (1/4 yd) of fabric for the binding
  • 25 cm (3/8 yd) of fabric for the backing and hanging sleeve
  • Piece of lightweight vilene 9 x 28 inches

Fat eighths and fat quarters can also be used instead of yardage or you might find scraps in your stash. The pockets need not be made from the same fabric so you may like to seek out some small pieces to use.

Finished Size

27 x 8 1/2 inches

Skill Level

Beginner

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Cutting

  1. From the width of the pocket and sashing fabric cut:
    • One strip 5in wide, crosscut into five rectangles each 5 x 7in.
    • Three strips 1 1/2in wide, cross cut into two strips each 28in long and six strips each 7in long.
  2. From the pocket edging fabric cut three strips 1 1/2in wide. Press the strips in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Cross cut into
    • 10 strips 7in long
    • 10 strips 5in long
  3. From the binding fabric cut two strips 2 1/2in wide
  4. From the backing fabric cut one rectangle 29 x 9in and one 8 1/2 x 5in.

Construction

Figure 1: Photo Pocket
Figure 1: Photo Pocket
  1. Using a 1/4in seam and working from the right side, stitch a 7in strip of folded edging fabric to the top and bottom of the pocket pieces. Make sure that all three raw edges lie together.
  2. Similarly, stitch a 5in folded strip to each side of the pocket pieces.
  3. With right sides together and using a generous 1/4in seam, stitch a 1 1/2 x 7in strip of sashing to the top of each pocket piece. (The folded edging fabric will be between the two fabric pieces.)
  4. Join the five pockets together in a strip.
  5. Stitch the last 1 1/2 x 7in strip to the lower edge.
  6. Stitch a long sashing strip to each side edge.
  7. Press the piece flat. Lay the backing piece face down and place the batting and the finished top (right side up) on top. Smooth out each layer as you go.
  8. Pin or baste the three layers together.
  9. Stitch in the ditch around each frame to hold the layers together.
Figure 2: Sashed Pockets
Figure 2: Sashed Pockets

Hanging Sleeve

With right sides together, fold the strip in half lengthwise and stitch the two short edges. Turn to the right side. Press flat and lay the piece along the top edge (on the back of the work) so that all raw edges are in line. Stitch together with a scant 1/4in seam.

Binding

  1. Trim the batting and backing to the edge of the quilt. Measure through the centre of the quilt in both directions to determine the length of the binding along each edge.
  2. Join the two 2 1/2in strips of binding fabric using diagonal seams.
  3. Press the seam open and trim away the excess fabric at the edge. With wrong sides together, fold in half lengthwise and press carefully. Beginning on one of the long sides, approximately 8 inches from one corner and leaving a 12in tail, stitch the binding to the front of the quilt with a 1/4in seam, matching the raw edges.
  4. Mitre the corners as you go
  5. Continue around all four sides of the quilt until you have completed the last corner Do not complete the stitching on the last side until you have joined the two ends of the binding.
  6. Join the two ends with a diagonal seam, trim, press and stitch the last section of the binding.
  7. Turn the binding to the wrong side of the quilt and hand stitch to the backing. Make sure that the binding covers the machine stitching and that the corners are neat
  8. Hand stitch the lower edge of the hanging sleeve to the back of the quilt.

Alternative Layout

You could make a second Postcard Hanger with the pockets oriented vertically for portrait style postcards. Or why not try a combination of landscape and portrait as in the example below.
 
Figure 3: Alternative Layout
Figure 3: Alternative Layout