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DIY Pocketfold Invitations

These diy pocketfold invitations are made using cardstock and a few other items. The following tutorial was submitted by Andrea, one of our readers! Andrea writes:

This tutorial goes through the process of making diy pocketfold invitations. This is for the folder portion of the invitation only. You will have to design the text portion of the invitation and the inserts on your own. The pocketfolds below are for a finished size of 5 x 7 inches. The actual pocket portion contains a pocket flap that is 2.75 inches high. These have an envelope flap that has a straight edge. You could angle the edges to look more like a triangular envelope flap. The finishing touches are up for you to decide!

diy pocketfold invitations


  • Paper - I used 19 x 25.5 inch Artist' s Charcoal Paper in Kimono Red and cut it into 5 strips of 19 x 5 inches.
  • One bone folder
  • One rotary cutter
  • One 18 inch ruler
  • One self-healing cutting board
  • Glue lines by GlueDOTS

Now take your paper and lay it out on the cutting board. Put the ruler at the 2.75 inch mark from the left side of the strip. Now with the bone folder, slide along the right side of the ruler two to three times to make a crease in the paper. Hold the ruler and the paper in place while doing this. This part will eventually be folded over to make the flap of the pocket.

diy pocketfold invitations

Now repeat this process again, but at a distance of 9 and 5/8 inches from the far left edge of the paper (or 6 and 7/8 inches from the first crease mark). And lastly, repeat the process one more time, but at a distance of 16 and 5/8 inches from the far left edge of the paper (or 7 inches from the last crease mark). Now you will have a 2 and 3/8 inch size remaining on the right side of the paper, this will be the "flap of the envelope".

The next step is to fold the paper into its folder shape. I fold the pocket flap first, to the right as shown. Then I fold that over onto itself, so the entire middle portion is folded over now. Then fold that remaining flap over. That will be the “envelope” flap of the pocketfold. You can seal with a sticker once your diy pocketfold invitations are complete. If anything doesn't line up properly, trim excess off as in last image below.

diy pocketfold invitations

The final step of this process is to actually make the pocket portion. I used glue lines by "glue dots". I found these at Michael's craft store. I lined up one glue line on one edge of the pocket flap. Then I lined up another glue line on the other edge of the pocket flap. Remove the cellophane backing from the glue lines. Now fold over this pocket flap. You now have the folder part that will actually hold all of your inserts!

diy pocketfold invitations

And here below you will see the finished diy pocketfold invitations! Ta-da! You can now customize it any way you want. Buy decorative paper punches to put designs on the opening flap or punch motifs out of the flap. Use calligraphy and write your monogram across the flap. You could even buy decorative edging scissors to trim the flap. I like the way it looks with a scalloped edge. The choice is yours - be creative and let your imagination run wild!

diy pocketfold invitations

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