Pattern Description: Amy Butler Sweet Greetings Portfolio, “Designed to hold Amy’s paper crafting projects inside. Perfect for organizing your cards, gift tags, and other paper crafts.” This pattern can be downloaded for free.
Pattern Sizing: Large, 7.5″ x 11″; small, 7″ x 5.5″
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing? I made the large portfolio, and, yes, it did look like the model picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow, and are good for beginners because they are so detailed. That pattern pieces are a series of rectangles. I used regular printer paper for my pattern.
Instead of chipboard, which the instructions call for, I used cardboard from a shipment I received. Where the cardboard was deeply creased, I reinforced with packaging tape. Incidentally, the instructions use chipboard and cardboard interchangeably.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love all the pockets. I like mixing and matching fabrics to create a vibrant, albeit, busy look. I wish, however, that the pattern included a large pocket on the inside. When I make it again, I may try to create a large inner pocket.
Fabric Used: Amy Butler Belle Pine/Coriander and Olive/Kashmir.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only real change I made was that I used covered buttons in place of the fabric-covered brads that the instructions suggest. The look is virtually the same.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew it again, and I will most likely make the smaller portfolio as well. It is a nice craft that can be easily personalized for gifts.