How to make a portfolio

A portfolio is a must-have companion for every student or business person. It helps to store the necessary items together, is spacious and versatile. The modern market has a wide range of portfolios that are suitable for any occasion and style. The big advantage of such products is that you can make a portfolio yourself.

Suitable materials

To sew this accessory, manufacturers use various materials and technologies. Due to this, they are distinguished by their appearance, resistance to aggressive environmental influences and pricing policy.

Material for manufacturing:

  1. Leather is one of the most sought after options. It is used for tailoring both classic and sports products. Such portfolios are highly stable and attractive in appearance.
  2. Suede is also the most popular fabric. Accessories made of suede have a special impregnation, which protects the documents and things inside from moisture. The suede briefcase has a neat and expensive appearance, and is highly durable.
  3. Textile materials are most often used for tailoring sports and everyday products. The market offers a wide range of textile portfolios.

Addition: many manufacturers also use velvet when creating a stylish accessory.

Types of portfolios

Modern manufacturers share this accessory in several ways . The main difference is their affiliation: male and female . Men are distinguished by a clear strict silhouette, restrained tones and spaciousness. Women have a rich line of colors and a larger volume.

The next item is the type of stiffness. There are 3 main areas. Hard is most often used when sewing a men's accessory. The semi-rigid look is used for tailoring both male and female versions. Soft, as manufacturing technology, is used for women's products.

The final section in the types of portfolios is the method of their manufacture . Manufacturers use stitching, glue method and a combined version in the manufacture.

Reference: types of locks used can also be classified as product types.

DIY leather briefcase

With a little effort and personal time, you can make a leather briefcase yourself. Such a product will have a unique appearance and meet all the needs of its owner.

First of all, it is recommended to make a sketch, according to which we will act. This will allow you to quickly determine the design of the portfolio itself, its size and capacity, the location of fixtures and locks. If necessary, you may need to work in several sketches to improve the design of the accessory.

Now we turn to working with leather material. If the roll needs coloring, it is better to use powder dyes. We make the solution, following the established instructions. Using a sponge, color the skin and leave to dry completely.

Important: when working with paint gloves must be used.

When the paint has dried, the surface should be treated with a dense soft cloth. This will remove excess dye from the surfaces of the future portfolio.

We cut the blanks from cardboard, stepping 1-2 cm to allowances. They are spent on seams. We place the finished patterns on the surface of the material. Using a knife, observing accuracy, cut out the patterns. The main parts are ready.

The next step is the processing of the wrong sides of matter. It is necessary in order to make the edges of the skin thinner. This will facilitate the process of laying seams. When working, you can use a regular razor. Carefully process the edges, removing one layer. We turn up the centimeter left for the allowances and flash it. To do this, use the sewing machine, skipping the line.

We proceed to the design of handles and mounts. Fold a small strip of leather in half, place two fasteners on the edges. Fasten with rivets. Excessive rivet legs can be bitten off with pliers. The resulting pen can be left in this design, or you can wrap it again with a small piece of leather. Sew the ends on a sewing machine. Lay the stitch as close to the strap as possible. Remove excess with a knife.

We begin to fasten the handle. The strap is fastened with rivets, then the handle is inserted. Edges are sewn with small stitches. By a similar method we have the rest of the fasteners - belts, holders.

Important: external parts are attached before direct assembly of the product.

We pass to work with a lining. Cut the material, adhering to the patterns for the portfolio. We sew the necessary pockets and additional compartments using a sewing machine. After preparation, we sew a lining to each part of the portfolio separately.

In conclusion, we begin to collect all the components of the accessory. Sew the side parts to the back manually. It is recommended to work in 2 needles for exact fixing. Carefully ensure that all seams and parts are on the same level. If everything is done correctly, you can sew the front part. Excess material left for allowances is carefully cut. The portfolio is ready.

At the end, you can treat the product with natural wax for the skin. We apply the product on a clean cloth and process the surface from all sides. Leave to dry completely, then process again with clean, dry cloth.

Tools and materials

Preparatory process:

  • a piece of leather (the size depends on the size of the portfolio itself);
  • cardboard;
  • pencil;
  • ruler;
  • needle;
  • threads
  • dye for leather materials;
  • soft sponge;
  • latex gloves;
  • pliers;
  • carabiners for attaching the shoulder strap;
  • rivets;
  • knife;
  • textile material for lining;
  • natural high-quality wax;
  • soft thick towel;
  • screwdriver (may be required when making holes for fasteners);
  • sewing machine.


With an active lifestyle, you can not do without an accessory in which you can place the necessary documents and personal items. A competent and roomy attribute in any wardrobe will be a portfolio of genuine leather. It will allow you to have the necessary things at hand and protect important papers from rain or snow. Using several skills and following the recommendations, a leather briefcase is easy to sew on your own.