The 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

Last month I decided to join the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap, it sounded like a fun project and would be something I could write about here.


The postcard theme is Create and it can be hand or machine stitched and made of anything – fabric, ephemera, ribbon etc, but they asked us to do something innovative with paper.

So I decide to stick to paper, which I painted with watercolour. Mulling over the theme, I chose to look at it from a different direction, and create a card with items that the recipient could then create something with.


I  gathered some bits and pieces that I’ve found in interesting markets on my travels, the sort of thing that might be useful in any stitcher or maker’s stash.


I then stitched on some paper pockets to hold everything. This proved quite challenging as hand stitching through two pieces of thick paper wasn’t easy. Using masking tape I held everything together, and punched holes through both pieces using a pin. This made the sewing much easier. I did a little embroidery and stamped some words on the pockets. Finally, I added a line of buttons by weaving a strip of paper through slots.


Keeping everything in place while it is in the post is tricky, but I think a well fitted envelope will do the trick.


It’s in the post now and off to Annemarie in the Netherlands! If you would like to see other entries go to the Do What You Love Facebook Page

6 thoughts on “The 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

  1. Chiara,
    This a splendid and creative perspective onthe postcard theme! Not only does your postcard contain very attractive graphics and colours, but it is actually useful and supportive to other likeminded and individual creators!
    Well done, this takes the postcard theme to more incusive heights!

  2. What an inspired idea. Love the execution and think the random generosity of the stitching gifts will make the recipient smile every time they look at it! have you put any of these things on Etsy?

    1. Thanks, it was a fun project, Helene. No I don’t have an Etsy shop, this was just a one off!

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