Since most of us have a long weekend ahead of us, we are sharing a project from the Create & Decorate vault. This design from Rebekah Meier should keep creative hands busy crafting instead of eating that second piece of blueberry pie (OK, you may do both). Check back throughout the summer for additional Flashback Friday designs!
Cottage File Holder
Designed by Rebekah Meier
A clean, cottage look is a fun finish for this handmade file holder and folder. Recycled table linens, napkins, and handkerchiefs in 50s-style kitchen prints give the project its distinct retro appeal.
• Vintage dish towel or fabric*
• 1⁄2 yd. of coordinating cotton fabric in color of choice
• Vintage wooden hanger
• Vintage doilies, two
• Vintage buttons, seven
• Beacon Adhesives:
Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
• Pellon Shirt Maker’s Interfacing
• Milliken Printed Treasures Peel and Stick Fabric
Softouch Multi-Purpose Scissors
45 mm Rotary Cutter with Straight Blade and Pinking Blade
18” x 24” Cutting Mat
3” x 18” Acrylic Ruler
• 1”-wide ribbon in color of choice**
• Iron, cream sewing thread, manila file folder, metal label holder, two
brads, sewing machine with zig-zag stitch option***, photocopy machine, hand sewing needle
*Create a photocopy of this before cutting.
**Optional. See step 12.
***A Husqvarna Viking Model Designer 1 was used to create this project.
Note: The size of your dish towel will determine the size of your file holder. You may use the Milliken Peel and Stick to create extra fabric for your project. A 1⁄4” seam allowance was used for the entire project.
1. Using the Rotary Cutter with the Straight Blade and Cutting Mat, cut a 16” square from the vintage dish towel or fabric. This will be the front of the file holder. Cut a 31⁄2” diagonal slant at each corner of the square. Cut a backing the same size as the front from the coordinating cotton fabric.
2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the Shirt Maker Interfacing to the wrong side of the vintage dish towel or fabric.
3. With right sides together, use the sewing machine and the cream sewing thread to stitch the front to the back. Leave a 3” opening between the slanted top edges to turn right side out.
4. Turn right side out. Press well. Using the cream sewing thread and the hand sewing needle, slipstitch opening closed.
5. Cut a piece from the remaining vintage dish towel or fabric to measure 81⁄2” x 141⁄2”. This will be the pocket for the file folders. Press a 1” hem on the raw edge of the pocket. Note that this is assuming you did not have more raw edges. If you have more than one raw edge, allow for this in the measurements, and press hems accordingly. Cut and fuse Shirt Maker’s Interfacing to the pocket.
6. Using Quilter’s Choice, baste the pocket to the front of the file holder.
7. Using the sewing machine and the cream sewing thread, machine stitch the pocket in place.
8. Cut one doily in half. Press and machine stitch a hem at each raw edge of doily using the sewing machine and the cream sewing needle. Note that you will need a doily that has the design repeated at each end.
9. Center one of the cut doilies between the slants at the top of the file holder. Use Fabri-Tac to adhere to the file holder.
10. Repeat using the remaining doily and center across the pocket. Use Fabri-Tac to hold in place.
11. Center remaining doily across the pocket and adhere into place using Fabri-Tac.
12. Cut two 2” x 7” strips from the vintage dish towel or fabric remnants. If there are no remaining pieces, substitute 1” ribbon instead of the strips. Press the strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Using the sewing machine with the zig-zag stitch and the cream sewing thread, stitch around the strips.
13. Fold the stitched strips in half and sew to the top using the cream sewing thread and the hand sewing needle with two sets of buttons piggy backed to one another.
14. Using the cream sewing thread and the hand sewing needle, sew the three remaining buttons to the pocket.
15. Hang the completed file holder from the vintage wooden hanger.
1. Photocopy vintage linen using the Milliken Peel and Stick Fabric. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Trim the edges using the 45 mm Rotary Cutter with the Pinking Blade.
3. Adhere the photocopied paper Fabric to the manila file folder.
4. Attach the metal label holder with the two brads.
5. Machine stitch a decorative straight stitch accent around the file folder.
6. Tuck the completed file folder into the pocket of the file holder.