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Fabric-Covered Folders

Lightweight denim and engineer stripes bring color, texture, and durability to paper file folders. If you can iron a shirt, you can make this project.

Photography: Ryan K Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2014


  • 1/2 yard denim or cotton fabric (at least 48" wide), light to medium weight

  • Iron-on adhesive, such as HeatnBond

  • Cardboard file folder

  • Craft scissors or rotary blade

  • Detail scissors


  1. Cut fabric so it’s several inches larger, in all dimensions, than opened folder; iron fabric, then spread out, wrong-side up. Place iron-on adhesive on top; iron onto fabric. Peel off backing from adhesive; reserve backing.

  2. Place open folder on fabric, then cover folder and margins of fabric with reserved backing (to protect ironing board from being gummed up with adhesive). Flip onto ironing board, fabric-side up. Iron over entire surface of fabric.

  3. With craft scissors, cut around folder. Then use detail scissors to cut smaller, rounded parts.

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