2 Fat Quarters (that's quilter talk for 18" x 22" square of fabric. did you know I'm a quilter too? You can see some of my quilts under the Photo Albums heading on the right side of this page. Scroll down a little) I used Twitterpated Designer Fabric #125412 $9.95
32" of ribbon. I used Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta #122981 $6.95/10yds
Buttons, Subtles #119745 $8.95/72 pcs, Twitterpated Designer Buttons #125579 $6.95/48 pcs
Extras:Trinket Hearts #125605 $6.95, Labels Collection Framelits #125598 $26.95, Little Leaves Sizzlits Dies #114511 $5.50, Basic Pearls Jewels #119247 #4.95, Big Shot Adhesive Roll #122194 $14.95, Baker's Twine Lucky Limeade #125572 $2.95/25yds
Cut your 2 Fat Quarters to 7 1/2" x 15 3/4" each.
Layer the fabrics WST (Wrong Sides Together) and stitch all around the four edges with a 1/4" seam. I like the vintage feel of the raw edge so I don't hide the seams on the inside. If you want to hide the seams on the inside, you should layer the fabrics RST (Right Sides Together) and stitch around leaving a 3"-4" opening on one edge to turn it right side out. Then go back and stitch the opening closed from the outside.
Determine which is your inside and outside fabric and lay it out horizontally. Fold over each edge 3" to form a pocket on each side. Finger press or iron the folds into place. Don't stitch it yet. You wan to lay out your ribbon and stitch that in place first to hide the little stitches on the inside of the pocket.
Lay your ribbon flat across the middle of the folder. Pin it in place on the spine and both edges.
Close it to make sure that there are no puckers where the ribbon lays. Sometimes the ribbon is laid out too tightly.
Open it up and sew just a few stitches on the edges and spine to lock the ribbon in place.
The stitches should be just a few and hidden on the inside of the pocket. Don't worry about the spine stitches. They won't be distracting.
Use the Big Shot Adhesive and iron a 3" x 4" piece unto a same sized contrasting fabric. Then cut out your shape using the Labels Framelits. Don't get discouraged if you have to finish trimming it out with the scissors. The framelits aren't made to cut fabric very smoothly so you have to help it a little. Iron on your design to the front of the folder.
For the flower, using some scrap fabric about 16" long and 1 - 1/2" wide, run a gathering stitch along one edge with a needle and thread.
Scrunch all the fabric together on the thread and add a few stitches across the bottom to make it stay in shape. Knot that sucker up so it doesn't unravel. Get your super duper glue out for the next steps. I like to use E6000.
Glue all your little embellishments to the cover of your folder. Make it real purdy.
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