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Folder Facades

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006


Add splashes of color and texture -- as well as more storage space for papers -- to your home office with these fabric-and-ribbon-wrapped accordion folders. Any durable fabric in an eye-pleasing style will do (we opted for linen, woven silk, and woolen tweed). Tie the folders with ribbon or twill tape, available in various colors and widths.


  • Folder

  • Ribbon

  • Tape

  • Mat board

  • Fabric

  • White craft glue


  1. Remove any ties or flaps from folder.

  2. For a small one, cut ribbon long enough to tie around the folder and into a bow; tape its midpoint to the back of the folder. For a large folder, tape a 12-inch-long ribbon to the top of the folder front and another to the back.

  3. Cut mat board 1/4 inch larger than the front of folder on all sides. Cut fabric 1 inch larger than the mat.

  4. Adhere fabric to mat with fusible webbing. Glue fabric-covered mat to folder with white craft glue. Repeat on opposite side.

  5. Weight; dry for at least two hours.

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