A simple 4×6 index card folder tutorial to hold your monthly, weekly and meeting diy planner templates!
This folder is very similar to the DIY Cardboard Binder, just a little smaller with binder clips and velcro instead of binder rings and elastic.
- Two sheets of heavy decorative scrapbook paper
- Sewing machine or glue
- Two binder clips
- Small piece of velcro
Because the length of the folder needs to be 17 inches, I sewed some cut up 12×12 scrapbook sheets together to get there. If you have a sheet of 17″ paper or cardboard skip the first 4 steps and just cut two pieces of 4×17 rectangles.
- Take the 12×12 scrap book paper and cut it into 2 strips of 4 by 12.
- Cut two more pieces to 4 x 6.
- Take one 4×12 and one 4×6 and lay it out so that it’s 4×17 – giving you an inch overlap for gluing or sewing. This will be the inside of your folder.
- Repeat for the outside.
- Attach the front and back with glue or by sewing around the edges. Sewing gives the paper a more flexible and sturdy feel, it’s also fun to use the stitches as part of the design.
- At this point, you should have a double sided 4×17 rectangle. Mark lightly where the folds will go – see the dimensions diagram above. Finish decorating by drawing, stitching, painting, adding stickers or sprinkling with fairy dust! Keep in mind that we still have to make the folds, so your decoration should hold up to this.
- Next, add the three folds – hold a ruler against the fold mark on your desk and push the flap up against it, this will give you a nice straight fold. My paper split on one side during folding so I went over the fold with a wide zig zag stitch to reinforce the edges.
- The last step is to add velcro. Stitch one piece onto the inside right flap, then close the folder and line up the other side on the outside flap.