Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial: Frilly and Funkie Haberdashery Challenge

Hello, Friends! Grab a needle and thread and join me today as I share this Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio made for the Haberdashery Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  There’s a little tutorial for building the base and the box pocket along with a video tour. But before we dive into the project, let’s see what our clever and amazing host, Zoe, has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Haberdashery 
A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers.  For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project including items found at a Haberdashery.
Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Inspiration

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I have been excited about this challenge from the moment it was posted.  As I’ve shared here before, my mother was a wonderful seamstress.  She had an old fashioned White sewing machine with a knee pedal.  As a young bride, she saved her pennies until she could afford to buy it, and the handsome wood cabinet it rested in.  Winters in New England were long, dreary and cold.  But Mom’s sewing area was a paradise of color, pattern and design.  I spent countless hours curled up beside her watching her sew.  Throw pillows, curtains, furniture covers, clothing for the family, gifts…there was nothing she could not do with that trusty sewing machine.  I think that my love for color and design were planted during the lovely hours I spent watching mom create with fabric.  So when it came to the challenge, I wanted to create a really vintage looking vignette to honor those memories.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Details

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

This 6″ x 8″ trifold folio has double 1/2″ spines.  I’ve added machine stitching, distressed edges, stenciling, snippets of fabric and lace to amp up the shabby chic vibe.  The Tim  Holtz Vignette Frame has been antiqued with black gesso, tinted crackle texture paste, White Linen Dylusions Spray and Prima Crackle Texture Pastes.  Then I filled the cavity with sewing notions (Haberdashery) that I’ve collected from estate sales and yard sales along with items purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

To complement the Stamperia Atelier papers, I’ve added Antique Gold Check Ribbon and Little Birdie Crafts Blue Natalie Handmade Flowers.  The dress form on the frame is one that I’ve had in my stash for ages.  I traced the body onto a scrap of designer paper, cut it out and glued it on.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Frame

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

After I painted the Vignette Frame with Black Gesso, I tinted Opaque Crackle Texture Paste with a couple of drops of Old Paper Re-inker.  Brush this onto the frame and let it dry.  Then spritz the frame randomly with Dylusions White Linen Spray.  Heat set.  Then dip your finger into Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture and rub randomly into the crevices of the frame.  Repeat the process with Gold Crackle. Let this dry.  Then brush the raised areas very lightly with a sanding block.  I love how old the frame looks.  Tap the Venise Lace with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to age it before you adhere it.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: Mixed Media Effects Built in

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Stamperia paper collections have stolen my heart.  The collaged papers have all the mixed media effects built into them.  So you can put a folio like this together very quickly without all the mess and time involved in mixed media pursuits.  By the way, in case you were wondering, an atelier is a workshop or a studio used by an artist.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: A Peek Inside

The interior of this folio is made up of 3 panels. The base is built with 11″ x 17″ kraft cardstock that I found at  You could, of course, piece together 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11 cardstock with Scor-Tape to create the base.  Both the right and center panels measure 6″ x 8″.  The right hand panel is a cutaway that measures 4″ x 8″.    I added a pocket and some small shaped folios here.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

To make these little folios do the following:

  • Fussy cut the images from the paper collection.
  • Fold kraft cardstock and trace the shapes.  For the spool, keep the fold on the left.  For the dress form, keep the fold on the top.
  • Cut the traced shapes out, leaving a portion of the fold intact.
  • Glue the images onto the base.
Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Flap Page

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

To create the flap page:

  • Cut a 5 5/8″ x 7 7/8″ panel of designer paper.  This will line the left hand panel of the folio.  Do not adhere yet.
  • Cut a 5 3/4″ x 4″ panel of the brown burlap.  Score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side.
  • Adhere the flap behind the larger piece of paper.  Then adhere the entire assembly onto the folio base.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Inside, I’ve stamped Tim’s Inventor 3 onto panels of Mixed Media Heavy Stock that have been colored with  Old Paper, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I added a few stenciled stitches with Prima Gold Crackle.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Box Pocket and Accordion Folio

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

I added a waterfall cascade on the reverse side of the right hand panel using Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One Dies. (retired)  But the center panel is the very heart of this folio.  I’ve added a box style pocket and accordion fold folio here.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

The collage on the cover is created with Tim’s Sewing Room Die and a fussy cut element from the Atelier collection.  Here’s how I made the folio.

  • Cut 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock to measure 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.
  • Join the two 6 1/4″ ends together.  To do this, adhere a strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on the very end of one panel.  Then overlap the the other panel so that it lines up perfectly with the Scor-Tape margins.
  • Score the panel every 4 1/4″.
  • Accordion fold, and trim away any excess.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 12

Line each panel with a 4″ x 6″ cut of designer paper.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 13

Fussy cut elements from the paper collection.  Adhere just one side to create tuck spots.  Tim’s Remnant Design Tape adds extra layers of interest.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio Video Tour and tutorial on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for the flow of the folio, I’ve created a short YouTube video tour.  I added in step out photos with descriptions that will help you build the folio base and box pocket.  This is not a complete tutorial, but between the information in this post, the photos and the tour, you should have all the information you might need to create your own version of this project.

Haberdashery Challenge: Now It’s Your Turn

Play along in this Haberdashery Challenge, by creating your own vintage or shabby chic project following Sara’s guidelines.   Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. 

The Frilly and Funkie team will pick our favorite project to be a Guest Designer on the blog.  Our top 3 picks will also receive badges to display proudly on their blog.  And, everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique


19 thoughts on “Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial

  1. Jenny Marples

    The framed panel on the front of this folio epitomise just how much attention to detail you add to your projects Kathy. I love how you’ve used the papers and lots of touches of haberdashry related ephemera to such wonderful advantage throughout the project. Love it!

  2. butterfly

    Absolutely magical – so much incredible detail, and you can see the love and care which has gone into every element. It’s lovely to read your memories of watching your mother work her magic with her hard-earned and much-loved sewing machine. The colours here are beautiful, and the whole piece is a real labour of love.
    Alison x

  3. diane burton

    This is so pretty. Can you tell me where you get those scissors from? There is one on the front and one on the inside.
    You are so talented!

  4. Cec

    Like your Mother, my late Mom was a fabulous seamstress and she was a lover of the colour blue BIG time so she would have been as enamored with this gorgeous folio as I am. Love all the details and the interactivity that you have put into this beauty.

  5. Beverly Jordan

    What a sweet memory of your beloved mother!! Your project is exquisite and am in love with all of your details! So gorgeous with all the vintage buttons, snaps, hooks, thread and layers of beautiful papers! Great extra projects from the dies and wrapping them with string! Gosh, I love your work!!

  6. Helen

    Kathy, I was already loving it when I saw blue! Then, it just kept getting better and better with the incredible haberdashery theme that you created –it’s awesome. The story of your mom’s sewing is so sweet. I can just picture it. From my perspective, this folio is truly a winner. Thanks for sharing the folio, the video and the story.

  7. Sara Emily Barker

    Well, this just blows my mind, Kathy! First off, your frame is sensational–a project unto itself! Way to rock those mixed media supplies! And all those goodies within the frame are so perfect for this challenge. It seems two great minds think alike not only with you and Maggi, but I’ve counted so many things that I have used that you have–it’s those vintage finds. While I’m not anything close to be a seamstress, I do love my vintage sewing collection, and I too was soooo excited about Zoe’s challenge.

    Back to your lovely project…Wow! so many details within! It’s like 6 or 7 projects in one! I love the box pocket with the accordian fold folio, and just know I am going to be on the edge of my seat when I finally get to view you video. These papers are so impressive and you have given them their finest hour! Truly a FABULOUS project! Thank you for all your hard work and your excellent tutorial! Sending big hugs!

  8. Anita Houston

    PINNED! A new favorite! I cannot believe how much you can get into a project…you blow me away! The cover with all the sewing and notions is fabulous, and then you have the inside and back! WOW! Love the incorporation of the oxide make too….so fun and just plain gorgeous!

  9. stampersuzz

    I love that you mixed the buttons sewn onto the burlap with the spool of thread and pins with a die cut image and stamped image. Beautiful!!! As usual the inside and out of this precious masterpiece is fabulous!

  10. Betsy

    This is just gorgeous! It reminds me of my mom teaching me to sew on her old Kenmore. I was so thrilled to see your posting. My husband was hurt in a bad accident and the last month has been upside down. Your creations always inspire me and lift my spirits. Thank you!

  11. Suzy Q

    THIS is a GORGEOUS Sewing folio Kathy! Luv every tiny detail about this one! I’ve found lots of old sewing stuff downsizing my old sewing room months ago! And gobs of buttons! And I’ve kept it all! And now I know why!!! Lol! Making a junk journal out of my old Habberdashery papers from hobby lobby last week …now I won’t be afraid to embellish! Thanks so much for sharing all your details! I luv this one! Hugs, Suzy Q

  12. Janice Rosenthal Rock

    I have been silent, Kathy . . . . not because your projects continue to be amazing . . .but we are just finishing up this week, our move to our “retirement home” 23 miles away! It has been HELL!! But I’ve been cheered by your postings . . . and this one is sooooo amazing I had to comment! I too, grew up watching mama sew . . and started out, with her help, making clothes for my dolls! This is absolutely lovely . . . and I’m going to make one similar for a dear friend of mine who loves to sew, and teaches young women in our church, to sew! THANK YOU!! You made my day! Now if I can just get my papercrafting room “settled” (that will take a few weeks!! LOL!) I can start creating again myself!!

  13. candycolwell

    Kathy, I would love to see your studio with ALL of these fabulous creations of yours!! My goodness!!! You never seem to run out of ideas. This sewing folio is darling. Love the cover and the cute scissors. The inside is equally as lovely. Love your accordion pull out. So clever. Another work of art!


    An absolutely stunning project Kathy!! I couldn’t agree with you more about Stamperia papers!!

  15. Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Oh, my! I’m back from various travels and day-trips and have settled back into my dreary work-week schedule (even though I dont ‘work’ LOL). How terrific to have this to make me sit up and take notice! What a stunning little piece of art you’ve created. I don’t think I ever mentioned it (why would I? LOL), but I first started visual arts as an art quilt maker – so, though I’m not really a tailor or fancy sew-er, I’m definitely into sewing stuff. And vintage sewing stuff is a bonus. I just love the way you’ve combined the papers and the delightful little embellishments and all the spot-on perfect mixed media touches! I hope you apply to be a designer for Lindy’s or Finnabair or one of the mixed media product lines because I’d love to watch you dive head first into the mixed media ocean!
    Thanks for sharing this delightful piece!

  16. lynn legge

    Kathy I just love this folio. like you, I love sewing themed things, and am also a button collector…I don’t sew though…I love the paper line and again that blue hue you used along with the distressing and crackling…don’t you love that look? and tim made it so easy for us to do..and in so many colors..all the little charms and ribbons make it so sweet.. thank you for teasing all of us craft challenged ladies out here…lol I’m about to short out my keyboard drooling lol
    sending ladybug hugs

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