Monday, March 15, 2010

Mini Fabric Folder or Portfolio

I made myself a small fabric folder this weekend. I needed something to hold my pattern file cards since having them scattered throughout the sewing room wasn't working for me.

When I create a new design or pattern, I write down measurements along with small diagrams on basic file cards. I found that, for me, these were easier to keep track of than muslin or plasic templates.

To provide structure, I inserted pieces of cardboard behind the pocket sleeves...

I also used an iron on vinyl to laminate the outer fabric. While I like that it will be easy to wipe off and a bit more durable, I wasn't thrilled with the creasing that occured when it was time to turn the pieces right side out. You can kind of see what I mean in the photo below...

I'll have to play around with the vinyl and construction or maybe use the matte finish one that I have the next time. But, all in all, I like how it turned out and think it will be very useful. I didn't have time to put together a tutorial, but when I make my next one, I'll show you how I did it. :-)This project is also part of The Twice Remembered Cottage "Make Your Monday" link event. Click the link above to see all the fun things bloggers are making this week.

8 comments:

Nerissa Alford said...

This is cute! Thanks for sharing. I love your clutches below, as well!
Nerissa

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love this! I'll bet it could be adapted for many uses. Love the fabrics you used.

Sugar Bear said...

Fabulous! You make the most fun things.
Karla

My Casa Bella said...

You are so creative, I love it! Love the fabric you used.
Arlene

willywagtail said...

I would love to know how you did it. Obviously your outer cover is stronger than mine because I use a full piece of carboard from one corner to the next. Yours looks great. Cherrie

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is so so cute. I love this and I love your tapestry bags.

KaHolly said...

What fun is that?!? Well done. Isn't it just amazing what one can come up with sometimes? I've been having a blast creating to satisfy my needs, too, and think I'm a genious everytime I look at my finished project! ( And I can't stop looking at it :))~karen

Melody said...

Hey Smartie, that is neat.