Hoo's Busy Portable Portfolio
Posted by Kristi on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Hiya! I'm Kristi McDonough, pattern designer for Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs. I am also a wife, mother to the world's sweetest three year old girl ever, fabric enthusiast, quilting novice, felt toy maker and all around lover of all things crafty. I run a teeny tiny blog and a teeny tiny etsy shop . I'm pretty sure my daughter inherited the same genes, she already has her own sewing machine and knows how to operate it!
We like to keep ourselves busy whether we're home or away. Today's project is the perfect thing to keep in your car for any time you need a good distraction: restaurants, doctor's offices, the in-laws etc. Plus, it is about a million times better than the old restaurant stand by of three crayons and a paper placemat. You and your child will be so happy to have a Busy Portfolio.
Hoo's Busy Portable Portfolio
Course Instructor: Kristi McDonough
This is the perfect project to make in an afternoon, and would make a great gift. It doesn't take a lot of fabric so it could be just the thing to make a few of to have on hand the next time your child gets an invitation to a birthday party. Shall we get started?
Here's what you need:
2/3 yard laminated cotton
2/3 yard quilters cotton
1 yard fusible, heavyweight interfacing
12" 1/4" elastic
one 3/4" shank button -or- 3/4" button-to-cover
Tailor's wax, disappearing ink marker and/or chalk marker
Paints, markers, colored pencils, crayons, coloring book, stickers, book etc
***This project uses a 1/2" seam allowance***
When planning to cut your pattern pieces, be sure to keep the design in mind. (Does it have a one way design?) Start by cutting the following:
Main Outer/Lining Piece 13"x22", cut one laminate, one cotton, one interfacing
Coloring Book Pocket 13"x9", cut one laminate, one cotton, one interfacing
Book/Picture Pocket 13"x9", cut one laminate, one cotton, one interfacing
Marker/Pencil Pocket 13"x7", cut two cotton, one interfacing
Crayon Box Pocket 6"x6", cut one laminate
Handles 4"x8", cut two laminate
Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse interfacing to laminate pieces, and to one marker pocket piece. I know this sounds crazy, but you can iron laminate. You can iron it laminate side down without a press cloth or laminate side up with one.
With right sides together and sewing along the 13" length, stitch the LEFT side of Coloring Book Pocket laminate to cotton lining; stitch RIGHT side of Book/Picture Pocket; stitch RIGHT side of Marker/Pencil pocket.
Press seams towards opposite edge of pocket, turn lining to inside and press. Topstitch along seam 1/2". Repeat for remaining pockets.
On the right side of the marker pocket, measure 1 1/2" up from bottom edge and draw a line. Continue every 1", leaving 1/2" for seam allowance at the top.
Lay the marker pocket on top of the Book/Picture pocket, having raw edges even. Baste sides and bottom.
Carefully sew along marker pocket lines, making sure to backstitch for extra strength at opening. This is where the markers will be inserted, so you may want to backstitch it a few times for extra durability. Set aside.
On right side of Coloring Book Pocket, measure 3" up from bottom edge and 1 1/2" in from raw edge. Mark this spot and another at 4" from raw edge. These are your elastic placement guides for the bottom of the watercolor paints.
For the elastic placement for the top of the paints, measure 3 3/4" down from top edge, and 1 1/2" over from raw edge. Mark this spot and another at 4" from raw edge.
Pin 3" lengths of 1/4" elastic on top of dots and satin stitch in place.
For Pen Elastic, Measure down 3 1/2" from top and 1" from finished edge of pocket. Mark this spot and again at 2" from finished edge. Pin a 1" length of elastic on these marks and satin stitch in place.
With wrong side of pockets to right side of Main Cotton Lining, lay the Marker/Picture Pocket on LEFT side, and Coloring Book Pocket to RIGHT side, matching raw edges; baste.
To create the handles, fold each handle piece in half, lengthwise with wrong sides together and press, using a press cloth.
Open handle up and fold edge to center; press.
Open again and turn remaining edge to center; press. Repeat for the other handle.
Starting with the open edge of the handle pieces, topstitch 1/8" along both long edges. I always start with the open edge to prevent any weird pulling or puckering that may happen by sewing the folded side first. Set handles aside.
To create the hem on the Crayon Box Pocket, measure 1" down from top of pocket and mark all the way across.
Fold edge to this line, creating a 1/2" casing for the elastic; press.
With wrong side up, zig-zag stitch along the raw edge, placing the center of your presser foot along the raw edge of the hem.
Mark the center of the bottom of the pocket and also at 1" on both sides. Make a box pleat by bringing the left and right marks to the center and pressing pleat flat; pin in place.
Sew 1/2" seam allowance on sides and bottom of pocket. This will used as your folding guide.
With wrong side up, fold corners to inside and press.
Fold sides and bottom along seam line and press. Insert a 6" length of 1/4" elastic into casing. Secure both sides by sewing over once or twice.
Mark the center of the elastic edge of Crayon Box Pocket.
With right side up, mark the center of the side of the Main Laminate piece. Measure 2 1/2" away from side edge; pin pocket in place, making sure centers match and having elastic opening along side edge; edgestitch in place using a zig-zag stitch. Center the edge of the pocket with the middle line of your presser foot.
(Side note, you may have noticed that the pocket in the picture is not placed like I have explained in these instructions. I decided after completing my portfolio that it would make more sense if the opening of the crayon pocket was under the handle so when the child is carrying the portfolio, there's less of a chance that the crayons won't fall out.)
Find the center of the Main Laminate piece and make a mark 1" away on both sides. Align edge of handles on each side; there should be a 2" space between each end. Pin in place; baste. Repeat for second handle. Fold a 3 1/2" piece of elastic in half and place on center mark on Crayon Pocket Side; baste.
With right sides together, lay Main Cotton Lining piece on top of Main Laminate piece. Pin all the way around, leaving a 4" gap for turning at the bottom. If you are using a directional fabric, be sure that your main pieces are facing the correct way. You don't want to turn your project out only to discover that your outside is upside down!
Clip corners; turn and press.
Pin the opening closed and edgestitch the portfolio all the way around.
Mark the center line and stitch.
Now all you have to do is sew the button on the outside of the portfolio and you're finished!
I am happy to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to contact me ! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.