Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Homemaking Tip – Baby Gift Idea

            A few years ago Amy S. shared a new baby gift idea on her blog.  It was an accordion file folder with personalized tabs.  She suggested such titles as

Documents and Certificates
Health Records and Immunizations
Cards and Letters
Age 0-3
1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
5th grade
6th grade

           I thought Amy’s idea was great and our kids would have definitely benefited from a gift like that.  I passed the idea on to Cali and she has made several for her friends and co-workers.  I finally made one myself today.  Because our two stores in town didn’t have folding files in boy colors without pre-stamped dividers, I embellished one to make it work.  It turned out really cute. 
For a 19 pocket file folder, cut 18 ( 2" x 11") strips of patterned cardstock paper.
Fold the strips in half so that they are 1"x 11"

Using a glue stick, apply glue heavily to the paper strips and place over the existing file headings.

I used paper in complimentary patterns and colors to give the files contrast.

Make tabs with the file-headings that you want and apply to the folders.  

I wrapped it by adding a several-ribboned bow, pacifiers, and gift tag.  


michelle said...

That is a really great idea that I don't remember seeing before!

Susan said...

Jane! That is adorable! So awesome. I wish I would have one of them when my kids were growing up!

Deb said...

Jane I'm so impressed!! I love it!

Deidra said...

So practical and cute!

Lucy said...

I wish I had gotten one of those. Instead, I just have one fat folder for each boy. It's a mess!

I don't remember Amy's post but I'm glad you reposted this. So useful!

Alisa said...

Perfect! I am going to make one very soon. I just know that this momma I am going to give it to will love it! (and will probably want one for her other two as well!)

Deidra said...

Another Deidra? I thought I might have lost my mind and already commented without remembering!

This idea is genius. Making one for Baby Girl might have to be my goal next week!

Donna Chapin said...

I love it! What a great idea - love the packaging.

Tyler - Danielle - Emree said...

So cute!

Lynn said...

I am SO jumping on this band wagon! Terrific idea. Consider this suggestion passed on for good use.

Kim Sue said...

great idea! and the finished product is oh so cute!

tina said...

Love it!! So cute and useful!

Lyle and Mary: said...

OK, that is a great idea.
Thanks, I'm going to use this one!

Samantha said...

hmmm...I think I'm going to make these for my 3 children... Too bad I didn't see this before my move. I'm pretty sure I threw a bunch of old cards for them away. Oh well. Better to start now than never.