Tutorial: embroidery folder

Tutorial: embroidery folder

I confess: I sometimes often embroider things without a clue what to do with it afterward. Additionally I have lots of embroideries I created for patterns but obviously, I don’t hang them ALL on the walls at home.  It happened to me in the past, that I found a carefully stitched piece somewhere totally wrinkled up because most embroideries I make are square and not rectangular so nothing fits into the usual paper filing things.

So where should I store all of the embroideries without getting it wrinkled and lost? Some storage device is needed here!

A while ago (like 12 years ago…) I made a lot of drawings in a larger format and had the same problem with my paper storage. I sew my own folder to hold the quantities of the many formats I was using. Looking at this folder I realized: that’s exactly what I need for embroidery, too!


Here is how you can make your own embroidery folder


  • 1 piece of outer fabric 87x43cm/34.25×16.9inch
  • 1 piece of inner fabric 87x43cm/34.25×16.9inch
  • optional: 2 pieces of flap fabric 38x20cm/15×7.87inch
  • 3 buttons
  • 1 piece of cardboard 38.5×38.5cm/15.1×15.1inch
  • 1 ribbon 1.70m/67inch
  • glue stick
  • sewing pins



Step 1: Take the sheet of cardboard spread glue excessively over it and place the cardboard on the outer fabric either in the center or slightly off center. I like the golden cut look, so off center, it is with me. Put some heavy books on it and let it sit for a couple of minutes.


Step 2: Spread glue on the upper and lower edge of the cardboard and push your fabric on it. Fold and pin the edges looking over the cardboard. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.


Step 3: Optional! For the fabric, flaps fold the fabric, sew the side seams and put them on the upper and lower edge of the cardboard. Pin them in place.


Step 4: Spread glue on the cardboard. Put the lining fabric in the exact same position as the outer fabric and put some heavy books on it to press down. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to dry.


Step 5: Pick up your sewing needle and sew all the edges like in the picture. You can make invisible seams with mattress stitch for the outer stitches or show off your embroidery skills. At last, this is an embroidery storage so it’s perfect to use some embroidery skills on it, right?


Step 6: This might be the most time-consuming step. Choose your buttons and sew them on 😉


Step 7: Sew your ribbon on the right side. I inserted mine in the seam and fixed it with some stitches.



The measurements for this particular folder are for my personal size of most embroideries. You may need a bigger or smaller size. To determine your preferred size of embroidery take out all of your embroidery pieces scattered all over the place and put them on one single stack. Now measure which width and length your biggest embroidery piece are and measure how tall your stack is. Admire what you have accomplished! Then adapt the measurements to the original sketch:
1. your cardboard should be a little bit bigger than your embroidery pieces so add at least 2 or 3cm/0.8 or 2.10inch in width and length
2. for the fabric multiply the width of your cardboard by 2, add 2cm/0.8inch for the overlap and if your stack of embroidery is higher than 2cm/0.8inch – add the height of your stack, too. Then add 2cm/0.8inch as seam allowance to all 4 sides.

Why do I use glue?
The glue holds the fabric in place over time and also makes the folder sturdier. Don’t ever use liquid glue for fabric it shows through, use spray glue or a glue stick.

What about the wrapping thingy?
You can use any other closing device you can lay your hands on. It should be a little bit flexible so it still closes easily when your stack inside grows. The wrapping method is perfect for this but a loop for the buttons is also great.



  1. Love your very clever design!

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