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.