“Oh yes, wait a minute Mr. Postman…”



I’m always curious what I can send through the mail system, before they reject it, and write “return to sender” on it, because it’s too weird or doesn’t fit in one of their various measuring instruments.

This time, I decided I would try and send a fabric post -card. I like sending post-cards because the limited amount of space for writing forces you to be succinct with your words (something I need more practice doing) and they are a nice way of simply letting someone know you’re thinking of them.

I decided on fabric because there is something funny about receiving awkwardly floppy mail. Usually mail (especially a post-card) is rigid enough to be held in one hand and easily read at the same time. The idea of a flimsy cotton post-card makes me chuckle. Fabric mail is also unique; I doubt many people have received such a piece of mail before. I was expecting this post-card to either get lost in the mail system, but it appears things went smoothly.

How to

  1. For this project I simply cut a rectangular piece of raw cotton (canvas) material and ran a straight stitch around the outside to prevent fraying. I then sewed on the stamp using a straight stitch as well.
  2. For the reverse, I used a piece of white cotton fabric to provide a nice base for writing on.
  3. For writing I used Pentel’s “Gell Roller for Fabric” pen. This pen is my favourite fabric pen so far and I have used it for many of my projects. It is the most versatile and I have found it draws/writes easily onto many fabrics. This ink does not require heat treating with an iron either, which is a bonus.
  4. I simply drew the design on and once it was dry, I flipped the fabric and wrote the message and destination address on the reverse.

This mail arrived within the same amount of time an ordinary letter might arrive, which lets me know it didn’t get lost in the mail or require extra care/handling to reach its destination.


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