I imagine that every rug hooker who creates ATCs will develop her own way to make them. I gave this some thought and here is the way I went about creating 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" original pieces of art to trade. My concept is to create 8 ATCs for every rug I hook, using leftover wool from the rug. The first I have done is a series of ATCs to accompany Lady Sunset. I have marked each of the 8 ATCs in the series with a number representing its place in the series: 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, etc.
1. I chose black wool as my foundation fabric, so I wouldn't have to worry about figuring out how to bind the tiny card.
3. I used wool leftover from the rug I just finished (Lady Sunset) and filled in the rectangles.
4. I cut each card out of the backing by cutting the foundation fabric about 1/8" wider than the hooking so that the outside dimension measured a perfect 2 1/2" by 3 1/2".
5. I pressed the 8 cards.
6. I printed my backing information on printable fusable fabric: Name, date, title of ATC, no., contact information. I used my cardboard template as the outside dimension to cut out the backing information.
7. I tore 8 pieces of black wool 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". I fused the backing information onto each piece of black wool.
8. I attached the backing to the ATC sewing by hand with black thread all the way around.
9. Took an afternoon, so if you are looking for a fun guild project...