DIY: How to Make A Pocket Folder

April 5, 2018

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

I have a serious love affair with school supplies…and I know you do too. You are my people. My family. My homegirls, which means we all share some similar qualities…and one of those qualities is an undying love for pretty pencils, notebooks, paper and pocket folders. Am I right?

For school supply lovers like you and me, there is nothing more sad than an ugly pocket folder. You know the one’s I’m talking about. The ones that come in a solid color that open to all sorts of useless recipe conversions and multiplication tables. It’s high time we rectify the mistreatment of pocket folders and learn how to make a pocket folder of our own. Let’s do it! You’re going to love how these come together…and you’re going to love watching the FB Live tutorial on how to make a pocket folder. Follow along with the video or the photo tutorial – either way, you’re about to seriously strengthen your school supply game!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP ONE

Apply Elmer’s Craft Bond glue stick all over the sheet of railroad board

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP TWO

Place the wrapping paper sheet on to the glue and use the bone folder to smooth it into place. This will help avoid any air bubbles between the sheets of paper.

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP THREE

Trim away any excess wrapping paper with your craft knife. This will give you a beautiful piece of patterned paper backed with sturdy railroad board.

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP FOUR

Use the Supreme Ruler to score the paper in half, then use the bone folder to burnish the crease.

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP FIVE

Now, turn the folded paper on it’s side and use the Supreme Ruler and the embossing stylus to score a line that is 4″ from the side

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP SIX

Open the project as shown and fold the 4″ piece upward as pictured

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STEP SEVEN

Trim away the center of the 4″ section as pictured.

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STEP EIGHT

Now, use the Supreme Ruler and your embossing stylus to create a score line that is 1/2″ away from both sides of the folder.

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP NINE

Use scissors to trim away the pictured section

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP TEN

Fold the bottom and sides inward as pictured, then use scissiors to cut away a small notch where the side flap intersects with the bottom flap.

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

STEP ELEVEN

Use your Elmer’s Craft Bond glue stick to adhere the 1/2″ wide side flaps as pictured.

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

Perfect for students, planners or anyone who wants to get organized!

and know that you know how to make a pocket folder, you can have fun customizing yours to reflect your own personality! Good by ugly pocket folders!

4 thoughts on “How to Make A Pocket Folder”

  1. Yes – I too love school/office supplies! What a great way to get exactly the folder you want! Thank you!!!
    I went over to FB to watch your video – you rap too??? You CAN do everything! Very cool… šŸ™‚

  2. This might he my favorite project yet! I have collected those large single sheets of custom craft paper, but never know what to do with them. This will be perfect! šŸ’œšŸ’œšŸ’œ

  3. There’s another tutorial somewhere (lol) that I use to hold the 5×7 mini legal pads, and you can make them with regular file folders with some scoring and clipping. I like to use the fancy folders from the craft stores

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