Pocket Paper File

411. Pocket Paper File


a. Cut 5 pieces of tag board, each :

b. Lay out and cut tabs, A, B, C, D, as indicated in the small scale drawing on front cover at left Each tab is to be made 3/4″ longer than the one above it

c. Fold one piece for the cover as indicated in the lower drawing at the left, 1

d. Fold the other three pieces as shown in the lower drawing, 2 and 3

e. Glue folded part of No. 2 into No. 1; folded part of No. 3 to No. 2, and so on until all are glued together

f. Fold the top piece around the others and glue

NOTE Measuring, folding, and gluing must be accurately and carefully done or the edges of the finished file will not be even.

412. Desk Paper File

4 pieces Heavy tag board 9″x12″ Glue Rule, pencil, scissors


a. Cut 4 pieces 8 1/2″x9″

b. Lay out and cut tabs in same manner as in number 411 Tabs are to be made 3/8″ ‘wide and 2 1/4″ long

c. Fold each sheet 7″ from tab edge. The top sheet which is to fold around the others will require a second fold the same as in number 411

d. Letter or number the tabs to be used for markers One suggestion is given in the above drawing

e. Glue together and put under a heavy pressure Follow the same order as in number 411

413. Note Book Covers


2 pieces of” Straw board 6″x9″ 2 pieces Binders’ cloth 3″x6″

2 pieces Heavy cover paper 6″x9″

2 pieces Marble paper 6″x9″

Glue, paste, eyelets

Rule, pencil, scissors,, eyelet punch, knife

a. Cut one piece of straw board 5″x7″ and cut strip from end 3/4″x5″ These two pieces are to be fastened to binder’s cloth as shown in the first drawing

b. Cut one piece of binders’ cloth 2 1/2″x6″ This is to be used as a hinge for the front cover

c. Place the two pieces of straw board 1/2″ apart over binders’ cloth as shown at B B Draw lines on cloth to indicate exact position of pieces of straw board and cut corners as illustrated

d. Spread paste or glue on binders’ cloth where it is needed to fasten to boards Use a brush for paste or a clean piece of wood with a chisel edge for glue

e. Place pieces of straw board as indicated by the lines on the cloth and press firmly Put in press if one is available

f. Apply glue to edge of cloth and fold over the straw board. Put under weight until glue is set

g. Cut one piece of heavy cover paper 6″x7″ This is for the outside of front cover

h. Apply paste to heavy cover paper and set in place on the straw board See second drawing above

i. Fold edges over straw board and fasten with paste or glue Outside of cover is shown in third drawing above

j. Cut one piece of marble paper 4 3/4″x7 1/2″ This is a lining to the front cover

k. Paste marble paper in place This should extend over the edges of the cover paper and to 1/8″ from edge of boards

l. Punch holes and set eyelets near the edge This is shown in the drawing at the right

NOTE The back of the note book cover is made in the same manner as the front except that the straw board is in one piece and there is no hinge. If desired the back can be made hinged the same as the front. To do this it is necessary to have two strips of straw board as at B instead of one. The back must be made the full size of the front, including hinged end.


2 pieces Straw board, 8″x10 3/4″, cut from 9″x 12″

2 pieces Binders’cloth, 12″x12″

2 pieces Marble paper, 9″x12″

Glue, paste, 6 eyelets Rule, pencil, scissors, eyelet punch, knife


a. Cut each piece of straw board 3/4″ from one edge

b. Cut two pieces of binders’ cloth each 11″x12″

c. Locate straw board on binders’ cloth

d. Apply glue to straw board and press in place on cloth If easier apply glue to binders cloth

e. Cut corners of cloth within 1/8″ of straw board

f. Fold edges and glue Wide lap on hinge should be folded after top and bottom are folded

g. Cut two pieces of marble paper 8″x10 1/2″

h. Paste marble paper in place

i. Punch holes and set eyelets as indicated in drawing

414. Portfolio with Cloth Corners

2 pieces Cloth board 9″x 12″

1 piece Binders’cloth 3″x 12″

1 piece Binders’ cloth 5″x5″

2 pieces Marble paper 9″x12″

1 piece Marble paper 1 1/2″x12″

Glue and paste

 Rule, pencil, scissors


a. Cut binders’ cloth 2 1/2″x12″, from piece 3″x12″

b. Cut two pieces cloth board 8″xl0 1/2″ from 9″x12″

c. Glue cloth board, B, C, to binders’ cloth, A, as shown at step 1

d. Fold cloth over top and bottom and glue down flat, cut four corners of binders’ cloth, D, E, F, G, each five inches along the slant line and glue in place as shown at step 2

e. Cut two pieces cover paper 8″x12″ with two corners of each cut away 3 1/2″x3 1/2″ and paste over back of portfolio, lapping over cloth back at center a fourth of an inch, as shown at H, K, in step 3

f. Paste laps of cover paper inside, and paste strip of marble paper l 1/2″x10 1/4″ over center inside as shown at L in step 4

g. Paste sheets of marble paper 8″x10 1/4″ over inside of portfolio as shown at M, N, in step 5

NOTE This may be used in carrying drawings or written work, and may be made in a variety of sizes. The following drawing illustrates another way of fitting the corners: cover with corners In this portfolio a heavy gray cover paper for the body and a darker gray for the corners and back makes a very satisfactory combination. Light gray may be used for the lining or marble paper may be used. The order of procedure is as follows:

a. Cut one strip of dark gray paper 2 1/2″xl9″ One strip 2 1/2″x12″and one 2 1/2″x8 1/2″ will answer if the long strip in not available

b. Paste this strip around the edges of the straw board to form the hinged back of the portfolio

c. Make four corners from one piece of heavy cover paper 4″x4″ or 5″x5″ For method of making these corners see number 433, or number 414

d. Fasten corners with paste or glue In place of putting corners on at this stage, it is possible to put them on after step “f” and leave them unpasted over outside of cover

e. Cut two pieces heavy cover paper 6 1/2″x10″ for outside of covers

f. Cut corners,, fold edges over straw board,, and paste as in steps 3 and 4, page 51

g. Cut two pieces of thin gray paper each for lining h. Paste lining in place.

415. Bound Scrap Book

2 pieces Straw board 6″x9″

1 piece Binders’cloth 10 1/2″x14 1/2″

1 piece Colored cover paper 9″x12″ 3 pieces Gray cover paper 9″x12″

1 piece Canvas for backing 3″x8 1/2″

Glue, paste Rule, pencil, scissors


a. Cut the three sheets of gray cover paper

b. Fold these and fasten them together the same as in number 311 for the body of the book The folds in the middle of the sheet should be only 1/4″ apart and the finished pages should be 5 3/4″x8 1/2″

c. Glue strip of canvas to the back of the book, as in number 316. Place a narrow strip of paper upon the canvas to take up the glue as it comes thru

d. In making the cover use the same method as in 316

e. Set the body of the book in the cover and put in the fly leaves as in number 316

NOTE The boards may be covered with paper instead of cloth and it may be made with or without corners. 416. Bound Drawings 2 pieces Heavy cover paper Size to suit the size of drawing paper used Crochet cotton Rule, pencil, scissors, needle



a. Lay off points on one end of the cover for the punching of the holes These holes should be about one inch from the end and about three-fourths of an inch apart

b. A neat and firm method of sewing is shown in the drawing at A

c. Title may be written or printed on the front cover

NOTE This problem is given as one of the ways of putting into neat and permanent form the drawing plates that the children have made in their drawing lessons. These drawings should be selected and arranged according to the drawing subjects.

417. Rebound Book or Bound Magazines

This work may be given in the fourth grade but is rather too difficult there. It is more suitable for fifth and sixth grades. If this work is attempted in the sixth grade the book may be taken apart in sections and re-sewed. Then it is bound as the bookbinder would bind it. For the fifth grade the following is suggested:


a. Remove the cover of the magazine and apply a little paste to the back of the magazine to loosen the bits of paper and glue which remain

b. Glue strip of canvas on back in same manner as in number 316

c. Make a cover similar to that in number 316

d. Set book in cover and glue the canvas to the boards only

e. Paste in fly leaves and put in press

NOTE Below is illustrated the arrangement of book problems as planned for the first four grades. Names, numbers and sizes are indicated lor comparison and quick reference.



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