Love Aesthetics

December 22, 2014


love aesthetics diy leather file 00000

love aesthetics DIY leather file 000

love aesthetics DIY leather file 00
love aesthetics DIY leather file 0000

/ Leather
/ sewing machine/needle thread
/ paperclip
images by Romeo and me 

The light blue file icons on my computer desktop, the file maps among the emoticons and the tiny files that I press my finger on when opening the attachments of an email on my phone. An iconic image that we use and see everyday and which stands synonymous for ‘save’, ‘back up’, ‘documents’, ‘archive’, without having to spell out those words. However, when I went looking for a real life, light brown, paper, file map in office shops, bookshops and department stores, they were nowhere to be found. As if they have gone extinct in the non-digital world. Having a bit of an obsession with functional office supplies, I was super disappointed. So when I had a bit of beautiful, grainy, leather left over from a bag that I made last week, I knew just what to make of it: a non-disposable, more durable than the traditional paper – file map!

I use mine to actually keep important documents in. But the funny thing about it is, that it can also fit almost an ‘entire’ office: on some days all we need is a phone/ipad, a thin notebook, a pen and a wifi connection. This leather file map will certainly not be staying in my workspace.


Take measurements. For a standard A4 sized file map like mine, the measurements of your rectangle should be 45cm x 29,5cm (Width of an A4 is 21 cm, which you multiply by two because you’re going to fold the leather. Then add another 3cm for the tabs and you’ve got the measurement of one side of your rectangle: 45cm. The length of an a4 paper is 29.5, add one cm for the seams.)

Draw the tabs with a pencil on the inside of your leather and carefully cut them out.

Fold the leather in half and sew together on both sides. Add a large paperclip to keep it closed.


  1. sara says:

    How much I would like to be creative like u

  2. Vilte says:

    Love it. And it looks so simple to do!

  3. Joy. says:

    Oh, you’re doing it again! Creating something so unique! Geweldig Ivania!



  4. S. says:

    What a great yet simple idea!

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  5. I SO love this idea! Will keep this on mind! Thanks for sharing it! Have a nice day and week ahead! XO

  6. This is a really cool idea, definitely need to give it a go!

  7. Simple, elegant and best of all DIY.

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  8. Liz says:

    omg need this

    Giveaway on my blog!

  9. Oroma R. R. says:

    I need to try this. I don’t know if it’s too much to ask but would you consider doing a post on your “sewing essentials”. Recommended machines etc. I’d love if you could! As I really want to get into DIY clothes and I have no clue where to start from.

    Best Wishes .. x


  10. Fiona says:

    Love the idea! Gotta make one these soon!

  11. Will you us the paper file for your work space? How safe will your work station be?

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  13. Gina says:

    What a great yet simple idea!Love it so much!

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