Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A project folder

   I generally keep my current project notes, printouts  and details in a folder, along with any book or magazine with info or layout details.  Today, I wasted time hunting for it....moving things and looking all over the place for it.   I did find it shoved under the next quilt to be quilted.  LOL!
   But the hunt gave me an idea.  Instead of a plastic folder, I could cover some stabilizer with leftover blocks/strips and make a folder pretty enough to enjoy.



 I used Pellon stiffener----the one used for making postcards and purses---as the base.  I measured, marked the size, adding extra length at the bottom.....to fold up for the inner pockets that I wanted.  
   Then I fused heat and Bond light to both sides.  To the inside of the folder, I fused plain bleached muslin.




  The outside was to be the fun part.   I had a section of leftover bargello strip that was just too narrow to do much with.  I cut two sections of the bargello for the outside of the cover and added extra batik strips on the ends and between the sections to cover it all.
   I did some straight stitching to hold the raw edges in place.




 
  All the outer edges were overcast with a zig-zag stitch.  The bottom portion was folded up and straight stitched in the center and on the sides.









  A finished folder for my favorite and current projects! I can stuff all my notes and ideas into it, leave it by the machine and enjoy it.

   I see lots of possibilities for a cover....leftover blocks, scraps and bits of favorite fabrics, even a small landscape.   A great waste not project.




  So what would you stuff into your folder?    Happy stitching.

7 comments:

  1. What a neat idea and a great way to use that leftover bargello piece.

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  2. A great idea and very pretty. It would have taken me a week to make this. : )

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  3. Great use for that left over piece, of course now it's going to blend with the quilts and you'll really be hunting, LOL.

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  4. Your folder is wonderful and a great use of fun pieces of fabric you have created. Thank you for sharing your technique. Creative Bliss and June JOY...

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  5. That's a great idea and very pretty. I'm organizing my sewing room and that's going to be first on the agenda today. Thanks.

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  6. Love that idea! Certainly much nicer than covering folders with brown paper or wallpaper when I was a teenager for school!
    Think I would use this idea to hold my current project. I have about 9 loose leaf files, all covered to look pretty, 2 have crochet, 1 knitting, 2 patchwork, 1 Christmas, that kind of thing.

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  7. What a great idea! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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