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Activity Folder

I have seen many travel ideas for kids on Pintrest.  We are going to be traveling by plane for the first time as a family this year and I wanted to make something to keep the girls occupied on the plane.  I found a really cute activity folder…made from fabric. Now, I can sew, but only basic stuff!  This looked like I might be able to do it…

Just the other day my middle daughter was making things with duct tape and came up with a cute folder…yep…I decided I could make their activity folders out of duct tape instead of sewing them!!

So, a trip to AC Moore was in order, as they had duct tape on sale!  I raided the pantry for some cereal boxes and I went to work:

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Complete Folders

First, gather your supplies.  I found the activity books in Target’s dollar section.  One roll of duct tape is more than enough to make one folder.  And one cereal box.

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Using the activity book as a guide, cut your cardboard.  Be sure to leave enough room aound the book! (Sorry, I don’t measure, I trace! LOL)

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Then cover your cardboard, on both sides, with duct tape.  Each of mine had vertical designs- it took 4 strips to cover the cardboard.  I found out the hard way duct tape isn’t that easy to cut- it’s much easier to tear.  TIP: Tear the tape strips so they overhang the cardboard and trim afterwards- tape that doesn’t have any adhesive showing is much easier to cut!!

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Once both pieces are covered you’ll need to make the binding.  I only plan on putting thin items in the folder so I made the binding one tape width.  Put the covers about an inch apart and tape. Then, flip and tape again.  Trim any overhang.

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Now for the pockets.  Lay 2 strips of tape, just shorter than the width of the cover, sticky side up.  Then cover with 2 more strips just a little longer (you’ll need some adhesive showing to attach the pocket).

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Press the pocket in place.  Then add another piece along the bottom and wrap around to seal the bottom.

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Repeat for the other side.

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I added a pencil pocket in the middle- be sure to form around a pencil because my first attempt was too small and I couldn’t get a pencil in! LOL

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Hope I explained myself enough!  I usually forget about taking pics until I’m well into a project!  If you have any questions, or if you make one for yourself, please comment and let me know!! Have fun!

This is for Pinning to Pintrest- for some reason none of the other images are pinnable!  Thanks!

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Comments on: "Activity Folder" (4)

  1. This is a cool idea as kiddiwinks can get bored. Your pics really make me want a pack as its such a great idea how you have presented them. I’m going to make one for monkey as he is a very restless traveller. x love millie

  2. Duct tape is wonderful! What a cute idea.

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