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Hi everyone, it’s your host Pat Sloan here today with a bonus tutorial for making Fabric Collaged Artist Trading Cards. Pokey Bolton of sent me this to share with you. You’ll recall that ATCs were featured in yesterday’s Quilting Types and Styles post.

Pokey Bolton Stitched pancakes

Materials for Fabric Collaged ATCs

Amounts below will yield approximately 9 ATCs

  • Fabric scraps
  • 9″ x 12″ piece of craft felt
  • 9″ x 12″ piece of fusible webbing
  • 9″ x 12″ piece of cardstock
  • Fabric glue
  • Rubber stamps or stencils
  • Fabric paint and foam brush
  • Embroidery threads and needle
  • Embellishments such as beads, buttons, and ephemera
  • Decorative trims if you would like to add borders to your ATCs
  • Fabric and craft scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and quilting ruler
  • Parchment paper or TeflonĀ® sheet


  1. Fuse the fusible web to the craft felt following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. With the fusible side up, layer your fabric scraps on top until the felt is completely covered. Iron them in place.
  3. With fabric or acrylic paint and rubber stamps or stencils, add designs randomly over the fabric. Allow to dry, then heat-set. At this stage, you may want to add free-motion or decorative stitching all over to add interest.
  4. When the paint has dried and been heat-set, using your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, cut 2 .5″ x 3 .5″ rectangles out of the fused fabric.
  5. Stitch and embellish each ATC as desired.
  6. Glue trims to the border or satin stitch all the way around.
  7. Glue on a cardstock backing, sign and date the card, and add contact information, if desired.


1. atc how does my garden grow, 2. altered art atc for trade, 3. Purple & Yellow ATC Challenge, 4. yellow nft, 5. BC atc swapbot, 6. Collected Leaves Series – ATC2, 7. Flowers Speak to Everyone, 8. Trade pending – Autumn Colours, 9. Lange latten – no.364

You’ll find ATCs everywhere. Start searching: Google images, Flickr groups, Pinterest and swapping too!

Michele will be here tomorrow with a new Learning Center post: Getting Started: Basic Quilting Tools, Reference Books and Standard Quilt Sizes. I’ll be back next week to talk about fabric styles and sewing machines.


Hop on over to my blog for a March Madness Give-Away from Westcott. Pink, purple, what’s your fave?


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Pat Sloan is owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co. She has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines, and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010, Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called Creative Talk Radio.

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Fabric Collaged Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) – A Tutorial

2 thoughts on “Fabric Collaged Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) – A Tutorial

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

    these are so addicting! I go through phases of making them :)

  • March 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    These are sooo wonderful. Is there a way I can participate? Just delicious.

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