Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Throwback Thursday Photo 01

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! It’s the first Throwback Thursday of 2023, and I have a lovely little Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Yes, I am running late…still trying to get back on track after the holiday break.  But better late than never, right?

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design Photo 02

What it is about the colder months that makes me want to create sewing themed projects?  As I was searching through the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, my eye fell on this lovely My Sweet collection from Prima.  All those button cards sealed the deal for me, and I decided to create a slimline folio tutorial for my first Throwback Thursday of 2023.  I’ll share the first half of the vieo tutorial with you today, and then the second part next week.

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

The folio base measures 4 1/4″ x 8″ x 1/2″.  Once I was finished making it, I wished I had scored a 3/4″ or even a 1″ spine to accommodate all the layers inside.  So bear that in mind when you make your base and score accordingly.  Thankfully, I added a ribbon closure that holds everything together nicely.

Sewing Ephemera Extravaganza!

Oh, but I did have fun pulling out all kinds of sewing embellishments and ephemera for this project!

A Peek Inside

One of the things I enjoyed while making this slimline folio was the opportunity to use up scraps left from previous My Sweet projects. I also found lots of ways to use up the little bits and bobs of pretty paper.  Some were turned into pockets, some into tags and some into embellishments.

Prima My Sweet Accordion Fold Folio Tutorial for throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement kathy by Design Photo 04

I think you will enjoy learning how to create this simple accordion fold folio base in today’s tutorial.  Once we’ve made the base, we’ll create about half of the inside pages together.  Next week, we’ll work on the inside pages and the cover.

This interactive folio does have room for quite a few photos, but it’s also lovely as a lap book.

And of course it is filled with all kinds of flips and flaps…and even some fun surprises that you’ll see next week!

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you ‘d like to follow along and learn how to create this pretty little folio base, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

Remember, you don’t have to use these papers to make your folio.  Anything you have in your stash that you love will work out just fine.

So do your “homework” and get this first part of the folio made this week.  Then we’ll finish the job next week.  Sound like a plan?

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!






10 thoughts on “Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial

  1. Vicki R.

    This is gorgeous, Kathy! You are the queen of cards with pockets, for sure. Somehow you come up with something different in every project. Love all of the details you share too. Waiting for the rest of the tutorial. TFS.

  2. Christal Gill

    I love this sewing them Tri-card! I’m going to use this wonderful idea in a sewing journal that I want to make! Love, love all of your ideas! TFS – Crafty Hugs!

  3. Helen

    Roll on next week you creative gal. Love it, I am really enjoying your format and creative folio design. What a way to use rhe stash.

    It is warm here Kathy, and yet this design is totally usable for all seasons. The coming week is going to be creativity in this neck of the woods (after travelling to see family….) . Trying to link to your creativity is not possible right now, however I want you to know you are truely an inspiration downunder. Hopefully soon I can obtain your materials and enjoy these wonderful supplies be they old or new. Thank you many times over for your smooth, easy to follow in all forms of English, your accent is a joy by the way, and your instructions are second to none.

    Happy New year Kathy,


  4. Rosemary Sokolowski

    Kathy, this video was terrific. I so enjoyed this because I taught sewing in high school. To this day I love fabric and paper that has a sewing theme. If I make the spine 1″ would the other measurements stay the same with the last fold being smaller? Also, I wanted to print out the pictures on the blog but only a few print and the rest of the pages are blank. I wanted to have a paper copy in front of me so I did not have to pause all the time on the computer while making the folio. Do you have any suggestions?

  5. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, I absolutely LOVE this folio! Anything you create with a sewing theme is always adored by me. All of your embellishments are so perfect and the paper collection is just wonderful. It makes me so nostalgic for my childhood when my Grandmother made a lot of my clothes and taught me to sew. This first throwback Thursday creation for 2023 is fantastic! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  6. Joni E

    What a way to start out Throwback Thursdays for 2023! This folio is just stunning and cant wait to see the finished project next week. Thank you!

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