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« on: August 17, 2008 11:17:31 AM »

This craft starts with a story.  My 13 year old daughter's middle school is huge.  The kids have less than 5 minutes to get from class to class and they don't always have time to go to their lockers.  Many of them carry large binders so they can have multiple classes worth of work with them all the time.

Last year, we bought this binder for her, in an attempt to give her a place to keep all her things.  Within a few months, the rings in the binder blew out.   The handle is on the back of the rings, so the weight of the contents pulls down on them, causing them to fail.

So, time for a redesign.  How about a binder cover/bag that has the weight in the opposite direction and that can have the 3-ring binder changed when needed, without losing the rest?

I think this may be one of the coolest things I've made and I'm ridiculously pleased with the way it turned out!  It holds a 3" 3-ring binder, which cost about $6 at the office supply store.  Everything else was recycled or I had on hand.


Outside back - the binding was hand stitched on the outside.  There was just too much stuff going on inside to do it the opposite way.   Cool sparkly fabric was a gift from hardhatcat.


The other side, standing up - the strap is recycled from the old binder.  The strap clicks onto a large split ring.  The bits of ribbon were from a sheet of samples someone gave me.   The denim was cut on the bias so it has give.  Oh, and the denim was leftover from a project that a friend of mine did.  She gave me her leftovers!


inside - the accordion files, back mesh pocket & zipper are all recycled


The accordion file, recycled from the old binder.  It was a bit hard to stitch around, but I managed by moving my needle over to the far left.


All that's left of the original.  I used a razor blade to take it apart.  Razors are the friend of anyone that recons heavy duty materials, but they take a sure hand. 

More photos of the binder cover/tote here.

My daughter loves it, especially the "bag" aspect, freeing up her hands and making it'll be easier to carry her stuff.
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2008 11:25:54 AM »

I love it! I have the same falling apart too soon problem with my son's binder...and the no time bewteen classes (he looked at me funny when I asked why he doesn't just go to his locker before class).I think my son would carry one as long as I "boyed it up".
Any chance of a tutorial? sorry...that was kina rude of me   Embarrassed
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008 11:37:55 AM »

I love it! I have the same falling apart too soon problem with my son's binder...and the no time bewteen classes (he looked at me funny when I asked why he doesn't just go to his locker before class).
Any chance of a tutorial? I think my son would carry one as long as I "boyed it up".

The recon was pretty easy, except the binding, which I just couldn't get to lay flat on the machine and ended updoing one side by hand.

The pattern would be an outline of the binder plus 1/2" around the perimeter for the outside and that same size cut 1" away on either side of the rings for the inside. I did draw that out on a piece of paper and then I figured the rest out as I went along, working in the recycled pieces.  Taking apart the original binder helped a lot and I put the binder cover together in the same order.

If I do another one, I promise to take photos and work up a tutorial.  I was so into this project, I didn't do "in-progress" pics like I normally would.

Boying it up (love that phrase, btw!) wouldn't be hard, just fabric choices really!
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2008 11:38:49 AM »

TOO cool. if I had the supplies i would make this today.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 11:44:08 AM »

Wow - this is great!
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2008 01:18:31 PM »

Wow, that is so cool!  Cool And handy, i would have killed to have something like that when i was at school. British schools tend not to have lockers so you have to haul EVERYTHING around with you. Such a pain in the ass!!  Angry
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2008 07:42:48 PM »

That is absolutely fantastic!
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2008 07:57:42 PM »

TOO cool. if I had the supplies i would make this today.
Hey, well, I hope you come up with some supplies!

Wow - this is great!
Thank you!

Wow, that is so cool!  Cool And handy, i would have killed to have something like that when i was at school. British schools tend not to have lockers so you have to haul EVERYTHING around with you. Such a pain in the ass!!  Angry
Really?  And I thought it was bad that mine only gets to stop a couple of times a day!

That is absolutely fantastic!

Thank you!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2008 07:10:36 AM »

Wow, that is so nice and clever!
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2008 08:26:46 AM »

Wow, that is so nice and clever!
Thanks Smiley
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