This week, my younger daughter requested a snowman postcard. It came out so cute, I made a few more. Now that my daughter had two of her very own postcards, I decided to try out a fabric mailbox.
I found a couple tutorials I liked. I loosely followed this mailbox tutorial. I had seen another tutorial that used a button for the flag and velcro at the door and liked those features.
Fortunately I had the plastic canvas at home already as I hoped to make a fabric dollhouse at some point. I determined the size by taking one of my 4"x6" postcards and making it a bit bigger. Then, I shaped a mailbox shape and, along with a helper, traced the shape onto paper. This became the front and back flaps. Then I used the width of the flaps for the bottom piece.
I laid everything out together with small spaces between the plastic and cut out some fabric. I added thin craft batting to the outside layer of fabric. The inside is felt. I forgot to add the velcro to the top of the mailbox when I was sewing everything together. It worked out fine to rip out a few stitches and insert it in. That made it easy to get the right placement.
For the flag, I just cut some felt about the right size (2 layers) and then cut some plastic canvas a bit smaller. I did a zigzag stitch around the outside. For the button, I just cut a small slit in the flag through all the layers. Then when I sewed the button on, I was careful to have every stitch go through the slit. It was a little tricky, but made for nice stiff flag.
My girls love the mailbox and another has been requested. We will see.