Monday, May 18, 2009

Making my own "Power Ranger Earmuffs"

During my wonderful visit with my sewing friend Sarah in New York, I mentioned that I was looking for something in particular: a small folder or folio in which to keep some greeting cards, stamps, return labels and a pen, that I could keep in my purse, so I would always be able to quickly send a card when the urge struck me. But, in several months of searching (both online and in stores), I had yet to find what I was looking for.
Sarah had the perfect term for an item like this: Power Ranger Earmuffs. She related a story about one of her kids and his search for just this item; it seemed like such a thing should exist, but it was nowhere to be found. Sarah then suggested I should just go ahead and make one for myself, rather than keep searching in vain.
Well, she was right. When I got home I dug into my stash and found some appropriate fabric and decided to just wing it. The result came out quite nicely.

This is the "closed" view. The folio is held closed by slipping a pen through the two loops on the edge.

The inside view:
The pocket on the right holds a good selection of blank cards and envelopes, and the two pockets on the left hold stamps and return address labels.

I could probably put together a tutorial on how to make one of these; it took less than an hour start to finish and would probably make a really nice housewarming or graduation gift.


  1. Pretty and functional, I think you hit a home run with this one! Would love to see a tutorial.

  2. Very nice. I like the fabric you chose. I, too, would like to see a tutorial of this.

  3. I LOVE these! I have a couple of friends with birthdays coming up and one of these portfolios would be the perfect gift. I would love to see a tutorial, but in the meantime, what did you use for making the sides 'stiff'? BTW, I have the exact fabric which has been aging in my stash for several years--FINALLY I know what to make with it!
    Marilyn R in IL

  4. Jed saw your page up on the computer screen. he comented " Cool! Welkoed invented somthing1 That's so great!."

  5. Way cool! The fabric is too perfect for this project, and I really like the way the pen provides the closure! Totally excellent!

  6. Very nice! Thanks for posting about this.

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