Folder of folders
Fashion folders out of plastic-coated bulk paper wrappers.
You need: 4 sheets plastic-coated wrappers (for reams of A4 papers) HILE waiting at the photocopier shop that I have been frequenting over the years, I noticed a pile of bright and glossy paper strewn in a corner. On closer inspection, I realised that these were the papers used to wrap the reams of A4 paper. They are plastic-coated on one side, making them waterproof and they do not tear easily.
There I sat and stared, conjuring in my mind images of items which could be made from them. The shop proprietor gladly rolled up a few sheets for me to see what I could come up with.
A few bags of varying sizes were the first products I made. Then I decided on folding a few and stitching them together into a set of folders which could be turned like the pages of a book.
Because the surface is smooth and glossy, I decided to draw lines and shapes with just a black marker over the printed words. The ink dries instantly. The end-result has a complicated layered look but is actually very easy to execute!
From plastic-coated bulk paper wrapper Thick black permanent marker Craft needle and strong thread Scissors Piercing tool PVA glue 2 pieces satin ribbon, each 40cm long Making the folders
1. Open up the wrapper, lay it out flat on the table and smoothen it as best as you can. The fold-line creases will still be visible. Fold it in half so that the short edges meet.
2. There is a fold-line 3.5cm from the right and left sides. Lift up the right edge of the paper and crease along the fold-line to fold it over to the front. At the same time, press the bottom corner up to form a triangle.
3. Fold the left flap over to the right flap and then fold the right over to the left to cover it completely to form a nice seam. Apply glue to stick the seam firmly at the side.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the left side of the folded paper. This is a folder.
5. Fold the seams back towards the sides and put your hand inside to push open the folder.
6. Fold a 3.5cm border into the inside of the folder at the top. Make another three folders in the same way.
7. Arrange the four folders in a stack. Use the piercing tool to poke a dozen holes into all the folders less than 1cm from the bottom edge. Stitch them together securely along the holes. You should be able to open up your folders like a book.
8. Use the thick black marker to draw random lines onto the top side (cover) of the stack of folders to divide the space. Then draw simple lines and shapes inside the areas drawn to create an interesting pattern for the folder.
9. Punch a hole, 1cm from the top edge, at the center of the front and back covers of the stack of folders. Pass one satin ribbon through each hole and secure a knot on the inside of the folders. Tie the ribbons together to close the folders.