Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Folder Holder

This past spring Mr. G's sister, Pam found some fabric that just screamed that it needed to go into Mr. G's Daughter's Kindergarten classroom.  I totally agreeded.  She asked if she sent it to me, would I use my classroom teacher mind to think of something needed in Daughter's classroom.  Even though I haven't visited her room, I know that something for organization is usually needed.  With Kindergarten, I had circle time in mind and a place for Daughter to store her read-aloud books and demo material for center time.  Of course it could be used in a center to present material, or store papers to be sent home as students walk out the door.

I searched around the net and found GYCT's version for making the folder holder.  I pretty much followed her directions.  Took me longer to calculate how to use ever inch of the 2 yds (I think it was.) I barely had a 1/4 inch strip left which was cut away because the fabric wasn't cut square.  

          I measured fabric to fit folders.
Pam also sent the binding which helped me use less material to make each pocket.
I recycled some heavy clear plastic to make the name pockets.
Used longer stitches so the plastic will not rip away easily.

 The top of the name pocket was reinforced with 0 stitch length zig-zag.
I inserted labels so this "Folder Holder" could be used in the book center.
 I also used the button hole/ribbon technique except I had just enough leftover binding to use for ribbon.
It could be hung on a hanger as seen here, or depending on weight can hang on magnetic hooks on the magnetic white board.

I presented our surprise gift to her recently in time for classes to start tomorrow.  She couldn't have gotten far down the road, before I saw she had posted a picture of it on Facebook, with a big Thank-you to her Aunt Pam and me. 

 I so hope it comes in handy for her and wears well.
 Thank-you again GYCT for your tutorial!
Sharing at several Linky Parties.
Thanks to the FREE programs:
possibly used for this post
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo
PicMonkey creating collages used on this page


  1. this is awesome. thanks for sharing how you did it

  2. Super cute! I love the little labels. Great idea. Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Very clever and practical Folder Holder. Thank you for sharing your techniques. Creative Classroom Bliss...

  4. Super cute! Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea!
    Hope you have an awesome week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  5. What a great idea and so beautifully done too! Very clever to re purpose the plastic bag for the tags too. ~Diane

  6. This is really cute. What a clever thing to reuse that clear vinyl from one of those bags that sheets, bedding, etc come in. I buy vinyl but haven't thought of using those. I made a holder thing similar to this several years ago for my kids school papers and important info they need to keep - clears up the counter.

  7. super cute!! Now I want to find a clear plastic bag to use the vinyl from ;o) Love this! thanks for linking up to Create LInk Inspire party!! Emily

  8. That's a great idea! Cute fabric choices too.

  9. Great idea, just perfect, I can make one for my sewing room to hold my pattern pieces I have downloaded online...Cute fabric, just the right touch....


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