Kraftex File Folder

Do you have papers floating around everywhere? Because I have papers floating around everywhere. I mean, I like to consider it organized chaos, but really, maybe it isn’t??? I know where everything is, too. Well, most of the time. It drives my super organized husband a little crazy, but as long as he doesn’t touch my piles, we’re fine.

Anyhow, I made this darling little folder yesterday using a piece of a vintage quilt. Before you get all aghast, I bought the quilted piece as a scrap so no antique quilts were harmed during the process. I promise! I was so intrigued by the design and I just had to have it. I was so excited when I finally figured out how to use it in a fun project!

This is a really easy project to make. In fact, there are likely a few more to be made in some form or fashion so I can have organized, PRETTY messes, and maybe even stay organized?, or something like that.

To make it, you will need the following:

1 – 18.5” x 28.5” roll of Kraftex
1 fat quarter
scrap of binding that will go around your quilt scrap

I originally planned to make this a laptop case and use a different binding 🙂

The folder cover has a front and back. Cut the front piece 14” x 9.5” and cut the back piece 14” x 13”.

Cut a 15” x 8” x 5” rectangle from the fat quarter. Mark 6” up on the right side. Place your ruler on an angle across the rectangle, lining up the edges with the top left corner and the 6” mark. Trim.

Trim the top right and top left corners at an angle.

Press a 1/2” seam allowance around all sides. If necessary, fold the corners in on themselves to miter.

Sew the top (angled) of the folder cover down with a 3/8” seam allowance. I serged the edges (not seen). If you don’t have a serger you can press a 1/4” seam allowance then press another 1/4” or 3/8” seam allowance so you have a finished edge.

Sew the bias binding to the edges of the quilt. The scrap piece I have has a binding on the top so I left that section in tact. I pressed my binding open and sewed a single layer to the quilt. Make sure you fold the top of the binding down to avoid raw edges.

Press the binding on the front of the quilt so it’s flat.

Then press the remaining portion of the binding back onto itself.

Fold the binding to the back side of the quilt then secure with straight pins.

You do not need to worry about a perfect miter on the backside because no one will see it.

Use clips to secure the pieces together to make sure you don’t need to make any adjustments. The front flap piece is attached to the 14” x 9.5” piece of Kraftex. The quilted pocket is attached to the 14” x 13” pieces of Kraftex.

Clip the pieces together, making sure the front flap and quilted pocket are facing out.

Carefully sew next to the edge of the binding. I used a 90 needle, 50wt. Aurifil thread and increased my stitch length to 2.75.

You can also use this for a 13” laptop. Cut the pieces 1/2” wider, add some batting and put another piece of fabric to the inside of each piece of Kraftex, then complete using the same directions.

Published by Patty Murphy

Designer. Quilter. Fabric Hoarder.

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