Folio to Fool You

27 Sep

At work, they were raffling off gift cards for filling out rideshare information. I filled it out. Sadly, not because I wanted to be eco-friendly, but because I wanted a gift card. (I got a gift card!)

And in some weird coincidence, a few months later, I started riding my bike to work a few times a week. And then, a little while after that, we got a replacement car that is a hybrid. I became more eco-friendly.

Could this be an unconscious self-fulfilling prophecy?

I recently started taking classes. I haven’t taken classes for a long time. And, it’s more time-consuming than I expected.

So, I wonder if in the same way I filled out the rideshare information, if a project will get me jump started on becoming a better, more motivated student? Maybe. I hope so.

I made a simple folio, which will help me keep my papers together and ensure they won’t get crushed in transport.

The folio is perfect for holding all your papers and the perfect size to fit manila folders.

It’s open on one long side and one short side so you can slide papers in and out easily. The other closed long and short sides provide a nice pocket for your papers to sit. There’s also a strap with velcro to secure the open side when you aren’t pulling papers in and out.

The thick fabric (which I previously used for this project) and sturdy cardboard protect your papers from getting their corners folded in and messed up.

It’s pretty useful.

If you want to make one of your own, it’s simple:

What you need:

1 thin but sturdy piece of cardboard, measuring 12″ x 18″ (I used non-corrugated cardboard found between stacks of cereal boxes at Costco)
1 piece of thick fabric, measuring 16″ x 35.5″ (I used upholstery fabric)
Matching thread
Adhesive (I used Elmer’s glue mixed with a bit of water)
2 small pieces of fabric; each measuring approx 2″ x 6″
Some velcro

What you do:

Cut the cardboard to size – 12″ x 18″.

Make a soft slice (not completely through the cardboard) along the 9″ mark on the long side (soft slice will be parallel to the short sides, in the center). The soft slice will make it easier to fold the cardboard without it being two separate pieces. Fold the cardboard along the slit to make sure it folds properly (slit is on the outside of the fold making it easier to fold). Lay back open and flat after checking fold.

Cut the fabric to size – 16″ x 35.5″.

Lay your cardboard slit side down in the center of your fabric. Fold over the top and bottom edge of the fabric, so it doesn’t wrap around the cardboard tightly, but instead there is about a half to one cm (1/2 – 1 cm) extra space between the edge of the cardboard and the fold over of the fabric. Use your adhesive (I used a mixture of glue with a little bit of water, but there are probably better options I don’t know about) to glue down the top and bottom flaps. Glue all the way across (flap to cardboard, and flap to fabric at the ends).

Fold in the left and right sides now. Fold tightly over around the edge of the cardboard. Spread your adhesive to glue down the side flaps. Most of the cardboard should now be covered besides a small amount of fabric in the center.

Let dry. If needed, put some weight on top of the folder to ensure the fabric is adhered to the cardboard.

Once dry, with folder open, stitch along the bottom edge just outside of the cardboard (you should only be sewing through fabric). Use a denim needle, and go slowly since the fabric is thick and layered.

(Image has clips on it from when I was still getting it to dry.)

Then fold the folder and stitch along the top edge just outside of the cardboard. Again, use a denim needle and go slow since the fabric is even thicker and more layered now. This will create the one edge that is closed.

Almost done. Just gotta do the strap.

Make your strap. Lay your two 2″ x 7″ pieces fronts together, stitch along three edges, leaving short side open to turn it inside out. Turn it inside out, stitch along edges on the four outer edges (I used a zig-zag stitch) of entire strap. Sew velcro onto edge of strap.

Place your strap on the open short side, near the top of the folder. See how it will look when the strap is wrapped over to the other side. When you are happy with the placement, sew it in place. Stitch very slow with your sewing machine (again with the denim needle) since this time you are going through fabric and the cardboard. Use the hand wheel instead, if necessary.

Find where the strap and velcro hit the other side of the folder. Sew the other side of the velcro in place straight to the folder. Again, be careful when sewing through the cardboard.


Use it to safely and stylishly tote around your papers.


One Response to “Folio to Fool You”

  1. aprilkerley September 27, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Sweet! Love the fabric choice.

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