A gal in my sewing group asked why I was doing this, what isn’t beautification reason enough to do anything. Haha. Anyways it’s obviously unnecessary to cover a coupon folder but I wanted to and I like using it now which is the point right?
What you’ll need:
- small accordion file (I found a bunch in the 1$ section at target recently)
- bias tape (I made my own out of fabric but you can buy plan bias tape in packages)
- fabric (use a scrap or if you’re buying some a fat quarter is plenty)
- a heavy needle (I used a 100, something for denim would be good)
- fray check
- paper clips
- Get your supplies together. Remove the elastic from the folder.
- Trim the width of your fabric to be the same as the width of your folder.
- Wrap it around so you can figure out the length of the fabric and then trim.
- Trim and pin the bias tape to one of the short edges of the fabric. For the part that goes on the inside of the folder I just sandwiched the main fabric in between the bias tape. If you want a strip across the back (on the outside trim two).
- With the bias tape pin position the bias tape with the right side of the fabric facing you and wrap it over the flap of the folder. Use paper clips to hold the fabric in place. If you want a strip across the back just align it so that it is on the other side of the fabric but pretty much in the same place as the bias tape that’s on the inside. Now it’s really awkward but sew (with a heavy duty needle) across the bias tape. If you use a zig zag stitch you don’t have to be that perfect. Also I was really never so in the beginning I used the hand wheel to stitch the first couple of stitches and then I went really slow. So now the flap should be covered. (note I was dumb and pin all around the folder first but that’s unnecessary and makes your life harder, so it may look a tad different in the picture)
- Wrap the fabric around so it’s flush find where the round thing is that the elastic hooks on and mark the length.
- Sew a button hole. Cut it and pop the round thing through it.
- Now paper clip bias tap all around the folder sandwiching the edges of the folder between the bias tape. You might want to fold it in some places to get it to lay better. (Even though I wasted time and had mine in multiple pieces you can just use one piece and it should turn out better than mine, I realized this after I had already cut pieces)
- Stitch all around. Go slow you may have to use your left hand to move the other parts of the folder so they don’t get caught on the edge of your machine.
- Poke a hole where the elastic hole was. if you want you could put an eyelet but I thought it was too bulky and my eyelet thing is packed.
- Fray check the hole. Replace the elastic
- Fill with coupons and start saving.
I hope all of that made sense. Feel free to ask questions or if you can explain a step better put it in the comments. I think it needs a flower or something on the outside to make it great but in my purse with my lifestyle that would just get caught on things and rip.
Anyways if you do try it out I’d love to see it post it (and anything else inspired my by blog) in my flickr group it’s super new please join and add some creations. Also the ruffle diaper cover giveaway is still open if you want to enter.
I love seeing everyone else’s projects, if you’ve got something new to share please post a link to it in the comments.