I was in the Dollar Tree looking for Easter goodies for my boys and found a million things having nothing to do with Easter. Doesn’t that always happen? Below is a basketweave coupon file thingy.
I am trying to get uber organized with my coupons, and as I get better with a system I need more ways to file and organize my finds. The size, durability, and tabbed accordian files with button and elastic closure were perfect. The look…not perfect.
I would have loved to have done this project with some fun Amy Butler fabric scraps, but that would require me to own fun Amy Butler scraps. All I had was this fabric scrap so I went for it. I eyeballed and penned a pattern onto the fabric by tracing a half inch border around the sorter.
To create a hole for the button, I cut a small cross in the fabric where I wanted the button to go and then hot glued the fabric flaps around the button.
Although I am not intentionally flipping you the bird here, this part WAS frustrating. Hot glue has the advantage of instant satisfaction but the disadvantage of needing to work very quickly. My edges were a mess and the fabric was gluing to places I didn’t want it to. I later trimmed as much of the excess fabric to clean it up before adding the trim.
In order to reapply the elastic doodad, I used a bbq skewer to poke small holes in the fabric and resinserted the elastic back into place. It worked perfectly.
Now for the fun part! I used my label gun and labeled the tabs in order of my most frequented stores.
The button was bugging me. It was ugly. I decided to use some primer sprayed into a painting tin and applied with a q-tip. Once that dried, I used the same method to apply some Heirloom Whit to the button.
It still looked a bit boring, so I took an embellishment off of one of my bobby pins, spray painted it red and superglued it in place. Cute!
So here it is all shiny and madeover.
And here it was all ugly and dumpy…
…and now fresh and floral!
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