So, You Want To Make Your Own Pocketfolds...

For reasons that aren't entirely clear, Nick ended up obsessed with the idea of having pocketfold inner envelopes, complete with a little sleeve to hold your inserts. And not just having these envelopes, but making these. In the event that a couple out there decides they want to do this themselves, here's a helpful how-to guide. These pocketfolds fit into an A7 (5.25" x 7.25") envelope. I got the most help from SoCal Knottie thecheshirekat, who has just fantastic DIY project descriptions on her webpage.

Step 0: ask yourself if you really, really, want to do this. You are going to save maybe $50-100 over buying the pocketfolds off of some place like or So unless you're going to get more use of the paper cutter after the wedding, or you already have one, this should be something you do because you enjoy this type of DIY project. The total time commitment for 80 invites is probably 10 hours, not counting shopping time.

Okay, so, you're sure you want to do this? Well, let's get rolling.

  • 12"x12" scrapbooking paper, or, 19"x25"-ish or 22"x28", etc. cardstock or charcoal paper. If you go with paper in dimensions larger than 12"x12", get it cut at the art supply store you buy it from. A good art supply store will have a guillotine cutter that you can use to cut the paper, or they may even do it for you. If you don't get it cut at the art store, you're going to spend hours and hours with an X-Acto knife and a T-square measuring and cutting. It's much faster to use an in-store guillotine.

    Good quality poster board cost us $2/sheet and produces 4 envelopes. Scrapbooking paper runs anywhere between $0.24-0.45/sheet for basic colors at Crafter's Toy Box to $4-5 for really fancy patterns.
  • 14" (or larger) paper cutter. Swingline makes a good one.
  • Double sided adhesive such as the Tombow adhesive roller.
  • A razor for scoring. You can use an X-Acto knife, but those are usually sharper and you run more risk of cutting all the way through the paper.
  • Some additional cardstock that's a different color from your pocketfolds for templating.
Step 1: Cut the paper into envelopes and sleeves. Remember, if you buy poster board, this should be done at the supply shop. Here is the template for cutting 19"x25" poster board.

I found this was the quickest order to make the cuts.
  1. Cut the along the long edge (thick line), making one 7"x25" piece and one 12"x25" piece.
  2. Cut the 7"x25" into two 7"x12" pieces. Throw the 7"x1" piece away.
  3. Cut the 12"x25" piece into to 12"x7" pieces, and one 12"x11" piece.
  4. When you get home, use your paper cutter to cut the 11"x12" piece into six 3.5"x6" pieces for the sleeves.
Note: The poster board at our local stores was really 19.5"x25.5". Rather than make lots of finesse cuts with a giant guillotine to make sure every piece is exactly 12x7, it's easier to just make these few cuts at the store and do the precise cuts at home.

For 12"x12" paper, make one 12"x7" piece, then cut the 12"x5" piece into two 6"x3.5" pieces, and then throw the remaining strip 12"x1.5" strip away.

For other dimensions, you're on your own for laying out the cuts.

Step 2: Cut templates for scoring. You'll need to cut three pieces of cardstock templates
  • One 4.75" strip for the main flap
  • One 2.25" strip for the upper flap.
  • One 4.5" x 3" for the pocket sleeve.
At this point, these are the materials you'll have left.

misc 024
Almost all the materials you'll need: 7"x12" pieces, 6"x3.5" pieces, scissors, and a razor.
Adhesive roller not shown

misc 024
misc 026
misc 029
misc 031
Scoring the envelope
Step 3: Score the envelope. Place 4.75" the cardstock template on top of the pocketfold so that one corner of the template is flush against a corner of the envelope. Take the razor and run it along the edge of the template. This should give you a nice clean edge. Repeat this for the other side using the 2.25" template. Fold the pocketfold so that the scored edges are on the outside. This is a good time to make sure that your main invitation will fit into your envelope.
misc 036
Scoring the pocket sleeve.
Step 4: Score the pocket sleeve. Place the wide edge of the 4.5" x 3" cardstock template flush against one wide edge of the 6" x 3.5" piece of sleeve, so that there's an even amount of on either side. Run the razor along each edge of the template.
misc 040
Cutting tabs in the pocket sleeve.
Step 5: Cut tabs in the pocket sleeve. Take your scissors and cut diagonally to form tabs on the edge of the template. The thin lines here give you a rough sense of where the cuts should go.

There's no need to be super precise with your cuts here, since the tabs that you're creating won't be visible.
misc 043
misc 052
misc 044
Folding and attaching the pocket sleeve
Step 6: Fold and attach the pocket sleeve to the envelope. Fold the tabs so that the scored edge is on the outside. This should give you a nice little pocket sleeve. Take your adhesive roller and roll a bit onto each tab, then press the into sleeve into the large 4.75" flap on your envelope.

At this point, you're done making the pocketfold! All that's left is stuffing it with information.
Step 7: Put in all of your inserts. The main invite goes in the middle part of the envelope, and all your extras (RSVP card, directions, etc.). Some people like to attach the main invite to the envelope with adhesive. It looks a little fancier that way, but it makes it hard for people who like to put the invite on their fridge. Other attachment alternatives include brads, decorative paper clips, or just leave it as loose paper.

misc 055
The finished product.
Step 8: Close the pocketfold envelope. Fold the large flap in, then fold the small flap over the large flap. You can use whatever you'd like to hold it closed. We used a tiny wax seal, but stickers, decorative paper clips, etc., would work just as fine.

That's it, you're done! Now just put your pocketfolds into outer envelopes and drop them in the mail!

No comments:

Post a Comment