Girl Friday Sews: File Folder Organizer Tutorial and a Giveaway!

11 April 2013

Welcome all blog hoppers!!  Today is my stop on the Girl Friday Sews blog hop brought to you by the wonderful, amazingly talented Heidi!

My project is a file folder organizer!


What you will need:
(1)  13.5"x 28" piece of fabric for the main panel
(1)  17"x 32" piece of fabric for the backing
(3)  13.5"x8.5" pieces of fabric for the outside of the pockets
(3)  13.5"x8.5" pieces of fabric for the lining of the pockets
(3)  13.5"x8.5" pieces of batting
(1)  17"x32" piece of batting
(3)  2.5"x4" of clear vinyl 
(2)  2.5"x4.5" pieces of fabric for loops
(1)  100" of binding


1. Begin by preparing fabrics and cutting everything to the necessary measurements. Baste the backing, batting and main panel piece and quilt as desired.  When finished, trim to 13.5"x27.5".

2.  Next, we will prepare the pocket pieces.  Layer pockets as shown, batting, front of pocket. then the pocket lining.

3. Sew a 1/4" inseam along the top edge.

4. Press lining away from the outside of the pocket.

5.  Keep turning the lining toward the back and press along the seam.

6.  Stitch along the top edge of the pocket.  Once that is done stitch along the remaining three sides with a 1/8" seam.  Complete the other two pockets as directed.
 
7.  Now we will add the pieces of vinyl.  Place a piece of vinyl in the center of one of the pockets.  Stitch around the two short sides and the bottom, leaving the top open.  Complete with the remaining two pockets.

8.  Place the bottom of one pocket along the bottom of the main panel.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the bottom edge.

9. Next measure up 9" from the bottom of the main panel and mark a line across the panel.  Wrong side facing up, place the bottom of one of the pockets along the line that was drawn.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Flip pocket up so you can see the right side of the fabric.  Once you are able to see the right side of the pocket, stitch along bottom edge of the pocket.

10. Next measure up 18" from the bottom of the main panel and mark a line across the panel.  Wrong side facing up, place the bottom of one of the pockets along the line that was drawn.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Flip pocket up so you can see the right side of the fabric.  Once you are able to see the right side of the pocket.  Stitch along bottom edge of the pocket.

11. Stitch along the right and left edges of the pockets to hold them in place.

12.  Prepare the two loops. Fold and press the two 2.5"x4.5" pieces of fabric in half lengthwise. (These pics are from a previous project, I forgot to take pics of this part but the process is the same.)

13.  Unfold and press the outsides to the center.

14. Fold in half again, and press.

15.  Stitch along the open edge.

16. Fold ends down to create a point and press.  Prepare the other loop in the same manner.

17.  Attach loops to the top of the back of the main panel.

18.  Finally, attach binding.

19.  Label your pockets and use as desired! :)

If you haven't been able to check out the other posts along the blog hop you really should go check them out!  Taryn shared a super cute tablet stand tutorial yesterday!



Mon., April 1 -- Heidi Staples @ Fabric Mutt
Tue., April 2 -- Kristy @ Quiet Play
Wed., April 3 -- Becca Bryan @ Bryan House Quilts
Thur., April 4 -- Amanda Woodruff @ A Crafty Fox
Fri., April 5 -- Lee Heinrich @ Freshly Pieced
Mon., April 8 -- Svetlana Sotak @ SOTAK Handmade
Tue., April 9 -- Beth @ Plum and June
Wed., April 10 -- Taryn @ From Pixels to Patchwork
Thur., April 11 -- Lori Hartman @ Lori H. Designs
Fri., April 12 -- Leanne @ She Can Quilt
Mon., April 15 -- Blog Hop Recap at Fabric Mutt

And now for the giveaway!
This giveaway is sponsored by ...
 

They are giving away a FQ bundle of Robotics by Birch Fabrics!
 

Isn't that an adorable line of fabric?!  To enter just leave a comment.  If you need something to comment about, you can mention what you might do with these fabrics if you were to win them.   This giveaway will be open until 9pm Monday, April 15th CST.

65 comments:

  1. This a brilliant idea! Thanks for the tutorial. That fabric is adorable indeed & to me it would make a perfect quilt for a toddler I know.

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  2. this is great for organizing. I have similar idea in my head but I might used some tips from you. Thanks!

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  3. Thanks for a great tutorial!
    The fabrics would make a fabulous picnic quilt!
    Thanks!

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  4. Great tutorial! But I wanna know where you got the black rod with the hooks....

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  5. Such a great project - I really need help containing all the paper that accumulates! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  6. Fantastic tutorial! Thank you for sharing Lori!

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  7. Great tut! I'm expecting a baby boy in a few months AND I'm a nerdy scientist so this fabric would be perfect for some homemade baby items.
    Where did you get the black rod and hook system?

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  8. I have been wanting to make something like this to hold my patterns in for easy access. Thanks, for the tutorial!!

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  9. this would be perfect for something for my son. Thanks for the chance

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  10. I would definitely make a quilt for one of my sons - great boy fabric! Great tutorial too - thanks.

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  11. Lindo trabalho,obrigada por tutorial.Estou com umas ideias para duas cadeiras que ganhei,e até poderia ter um destes na guarde de uma delas,já que são para o quato de costura.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  12. Thanks for the lovely tutorial.The robotics fabric looks perfect for a boy's quilt and a matching tote.

    leena

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  13. Those are super cute. I could see a boy quilt in those for sure.

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  14. What a great tutorial! I love that fabric bundle, too. It would be great for a lap-sized quilt for my little guy. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  15. That's a great project! Looks wonderful and useful too! Great looking fabrics in the giveaway. I'd like to put them into some mug rugs.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  16. Thanks for a great idea, another item I need to make. The robotic fabrics would be great to make stuff toys with and give them to Hopeful Threads.

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial. The fabrics would be great in a quilt for our grandson.

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  18. What a great organizer! Thanks for the tutorial! I'd love to put these into a quilt for my son! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  19. Now this I really need in my sewing room! Thanks for the great tutorial! And those fabrics totally say baby boy quilt to me!

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  20. I love this tutorial! What a great idea and so much prettier then a file pile on a desk (what I have). I love these fabrics! Being a quilter they would end up in a quilt and most likely a matching pillow.

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  21. My niece is having twins in July and I can use these fabrics in their quilts;-)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. Such cute fabric! I'd make a boy quilt of course! Thanks!

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  23. I would make a quilt for my son who is into Space and Science. This would be perfect for him.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    Shawn

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  24. Loving your folder holder. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  25. I really want to make a quilt for my husband, and I think these fabrics would suit him perfectly, haha. Who isn't a seven year old at heart?

    Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! I wish I had more wall space for a wall organizer!

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  26. I LOVE your file folder organizer and have just the place I'd like to use it. I've been considering having another bulletin board hung there but this would be so much better. Thanks so much for the tut. Let me see...sometimes I feel rather robotic so the giveaway would fit right in! lol

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  27. I love making quilts for children and this fabric is perfect. Thanks for the organizer instructions.

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  28. I could use an organizer like that! And the giveaway fabrics are cute - would make a very nice quilt for a little boy. :)

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  29. Thanks for the great tutorial. If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd make a quilt for my great nephew. Thanks.

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  30. Great tutorial...and very applicable for my sewing area. Thanks for sharing! I would love to make a cuddly baby quilt from the fat quarter assortment.

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  31. HELLO! LOVE YOUR TUTORIAL>I'M GOING TO MAKE ME ONE TOO!
    THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY!
    HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  32. Love your tutorial. I can use that to organize and hold my quilt patterns. I do love those fabrics for the giveaway. I would like to make a summer quilt for my baby grandson. I've made him quilts but this will be his first summer and it should be extra special. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    Donna

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  33. i have many grand kids and great grands that would love a quilt made with that

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  34. Great idea .Thanks for the tutorial.I `d love to make a quilt to my newborn niece!!

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  35. What a great organizer! Love it, Pinned it!

    We have a special place in our hearts for all things robots, since my husband works for a robotics company. I would probably make some stuff for him, like maybe the organizer!

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  36. That is a great idea Lori! I love the fabrics you chose for it.

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  37. What a fun idea! Now if I can only find some wall space... Thanks for the chance to win this bundle. I have a new nephew on the way - this would make a super cute quilt!

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  38. I would love something like this at home!! Thanks for a great tutorial! Now, if I won that bundle of fabric, I would make a quilt - thanks for the chance!!

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  39. You are so clever - what a great project - and I need a rail with hooks like that in my sewing room. I have one in the kitchen - why didn't I think of it fo rmy sewing space too!!??? I would have to drool on the fabric for a little while first before I cut it up !!

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  40. I could definitely use a file folder organizer - It would sure look good covered in Robots!

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  41. You used cute fabric in your tutorial. I might make a boy's backpack with the fabric.

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  42. I think they would make an awesome set of curtains with matching table cloth for my office. Maybe even a cute apron for when I work at the shop.

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  43. I think I would have to make a cute baby quilt for someone I know who is having a boy soon! Thanks.

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  44. Loooove your Organizer!! Thanks soooo much for the Tutorial too!!

    I will make the cutest quilt with this fabric!! We have a new Granmunchkin comin soon....he will loooove it!! :)

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  45. Oh, I LOVE robotics! Such a cool line!

    brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

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  46. These fabrics would make a darling quilt for my little nephew!!

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  47. I love those fabrics. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  48. I love those fabrics. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  49. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks great! What cool looking fabric. These would make a great quilt for my son. Thanks for the chance!

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  50. I never sew with vinyl before, it looks interesting:) thanks for the chance!

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  51. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

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  52. What a great organiser! Lovely fabric choices for it!

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  53. My dear friend just became step-mom to a family of boys. I'm planning on making quilts for them, so these would quickly be put to good use.

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  54. Superb, I think I would have to maxi-size a copy for all the stuff we have laying about!

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  55. My nephews like robots so I would make something for them - pillows, softie "guys", a book cover, etc. Thx for the awesome giveaway!

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  56. I love your organizer! My desktop is a(an organized) disaster, and the walls in the corner around it are WHITE and boring. Now I know how to fix both problems. Thanks for the chance with your giveaway; this fabric is on my wishlist.

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  57. Oh my goodness - those fabrics are fantastic! A friend was just asking about fabrics for a boys quilt - I would love to gift her these!!

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  58. I could really use the wall file and also a pin board, so I think I would use the fabric to make those!

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  59. Thanks for the great tutorial, I think it is great. Would love to win some Robotic fabric it is really cute. Thanks!

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  60. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! If I won I would love to make it w/ the fabric giveaway! thanks!

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  61. Great tutorial. This would serve me so well. Must make!

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  62. What a great organizer!

    I'd work most of those fat quarters into a toddler quilt -- but I'd definitely save the orange spaceships one to make a zippered boxy bag to keep knitting projects in.

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  63. It would be really difficult to cut those pretty fabrics, but I would make a darling quilt for my goddaughter who will be 4 in a few months. Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  64. Robotics is one of my favorite fabrics right now!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. Oh man! I'd love to win. . . This bundle would be perfect for a quilt for one of my six(!) boys!

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