Monday, April 5, 2010

Fabric ATCs By Arlene Mobley

Fusible Webbing
Batting or felt
Paper Imagery Designs Images (642, 726, 600, 434, 717, 728)
Golden's Soft Gel
Stazon ink
Sewing Supplies

There are many different techniques to make fabric ATCs this is just one of many methods.
Cut your fabric, fusible interfacing, batting or felt and your backing fabric  into standard ATC size of 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches. 
Fabric ATC Group

All of my ATCs have one of more fabric transfers on them. You can find the directions to the fabric transfers HERE.

4FlowerBabies ATC

If you do not want to try a fabric transfer you can glue your images down to the fabric using a clear craft glue.  You will not get the same look by gluing down the images but it will get the job done.
The great thing about using a transfer is that parts of your background fabric will show through your image transfer adding a depth to your ATC that you will not get just by gluing an image down.
Assemble the front of your ATC by using some or all of the techniques below.
Using Stazon Ink stamp your background.
Apply your image transfers to your fabric or glue images down using a clear drying glue.
Sew around your images to give them some definition.
Stamp a word onto a piece of ribbon and sew down.
Transfer a smaller  image onto a scrap of fabric and attach it to your ATC by sewing it down with a decorative stitch.
1_Bird Charm ATC    2Butterfly Egg ATC     5Spring ATC   

Assembling the ATC

Once you have decorated the front of your ATC it is time to assemble the fabric sandwich. Using felt or quilt batting between the front and back fabric of your ATC will add stiffness and help keep the ATC from flopping over. Instead of using felt or quilt batting you can also use a heavy fusible interfacing.
I like to fuse my backing fabric to my batting. This added step will help keep all of my layers from slipping while I sew a decorative border.
Fuse your backing material to the quilt batting or felt. Be sure to use a pressing cloth to keep your batting from scorching or be sure to just iron on the fabric side.
Stack your layers of  ATC front, felt or batting then backing fabric.
Sew around edge using a decorative stitch.
Your fabric ATC is now done.
If you do not have a sewing machine all of these same steps can be done  by hand with a sewing needle and thread or embroidery floss.

3Fabric ATC Group

Now what is she going to do with these ATCs?? Well how about a swap?

How to play in this swap: Make 4 ATCs get 4 back with a theme of some sort of fabric in them either by whole or part. All artwork must include at least one image from PID.You must join the Ning Group to play along.

Deadline: May 20th - Join us on Ning to play along and sign up here in this thread!!


We want to keep as many people happy with the swaps here at Paper Imagery Designs. One of the best ways to do that is to let you know what’s expected. Here are the basics of our Swap

When sending in your swaps read our release form and be a contributor of our image
sheets. Signing the release form is optional.

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3 friends said:

2amscrapper said...

Amazingly wonderful technique!

Angie Hall Haviland said...


paperqueen said...

Gorgeous, Arlene! Thanks for sharing this technique.