7 Steps to Custom Invitation Pockets in any Card Stock You Choose!
Here it is – after much cutting, scoring, and trial and error – a DIY pocket invitation made completely from scratch – the pocket from 11 x 17 card stock, the cards from 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, the whole nine yards!
Although I knew an 11 x 17 piece of card stock could be turned into a functional invitation wrap, I was initially daunted by the idea, as I had never done anything like this before. Although it was undeniably a challenge, I found that it only took a bit of experimenting, patience, and practice before getting the hang of it; and after working through the kinks, I created a traceable template and instructions so that my functional pocketfold could be replicated more easily, which I have shared below.
If you’re interested in making your own invitation pockets, read on! Using the templates and instructions below, you can make pockets using any paper you choose!
Materials Needed to Make Your Own Invitation Pockets
- 11 x 17 Card Stock
- Preferred cutting tool(s): Paper trimmer, rotary trimmer, exacto knife and/or scissors
- Preferred scoring tool(s): Bone Folder, rotary trimmer with scoring blade
- Paper adhesive of choice
1. Choose a Cardstock to Make Your Pockets With
The first step in creating your own pocketfolds is to select an 11 x 17 cardstock to make them with. Choose from an extensive variety of colors, finishes, and textures to find the stock you prefer.
2. Download a Pocket Template
After you have chosen a cardstock, you are ready to download the template you will be working from. Templates are provided for both pointed and rounded flap pocket designs, as indicated by the graphics next to them.
Templates are designed to be traced, and instruct exactly where to cut and score. However, if you prefer to use your template strictly as a guide, measurements are also indicated.
3. Print the Template onto 11 x 17 Paper & Cut it Out
Important Note: Only large format printers are capable of printing 11 x 17 paper. If your home printer can not print documents this large, simmply download the template and use the provided measurements and cutting and scoring guidelines to create your pocket.
- Print your downloaded template onto an 11 x 17 piece of paper or lightweight card stock
- Cut the template completely out so that it may be traced onto your 11 x 17 card stock
4. Trace the Template onto the 11 x 17 Card Stock You Have Chosen
Next, keeping the template firmly in place (you may find it easier to secure it lightly with tape), trace the shape of the pocket template onto the 11 x 17 card stock that you are making your pockets with.
Note about tracing: It is recommended you trace very lightly in pencil, so that you can erase any lines that remain after the pocket is finished.
5. Cut the Pocketfold out of Cardstock
After tracing the pocket shape, cut it out of the card stock using your preferred cutting tool(s).
The tools you use to do this will be a matter of preference and comfort. If you are not familiar with your cutting tools, you may want to experiment with them prior to cutting into your good stock.
Note about Precise Cutting: In order for your finished pocket to properly align, fold, and close, your cuts and scores must be straight and adhere strictly to the measurements noted on the template.
After some experimenting with various cutting tools, I found that large paper trimmers work for yielding straight, accurate lines for the long portions of the pocket shape, and exacto knives/scissors work for the intricate portions of the pocket such as the v-shaped pocket and outer flap.
6. Crease/Score Card Stock in Indicated Locations
Once you have the shape of your pocketfold cut out, you are ready to score the card stock in the locations where it will be it folded. As with the cutting tools you chose, scoring tools will also be a matter of preference.
As I already had access to a bone folder and a scoring mat, I did not experiment with various scoring tools. To ensure my lines would be accurate and straight, I simply aligned the template to the card stock pocket and lightly marked the places to score, as indicated by “SCORE” on the template.
After all of your cutting and scoring is done, your pocket should look something like this. You are now ready for the final step; creating the pocket.
7. Create the Pocket
To create the pocket, simply bend the two flaps in towards each other, and fold upward toward the back panel. You can adhere the flaps to the back panel with glue or highly tacky double-sided tape.
Adhesive Note: If using glue, be sure to dab it in the top and bottom corners only, to ensure that the glue does not run. You do not want the pocket to get stuck to the back panel.
There you have it – a custom A7 pocketfold, made completely by you!
What Size are the Cards that Go Inside?
Invitation Card (On Invitation Panel):
4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches or smaller
Pocket Insert Cards:
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and smaller
For more information on pocket invitations, check out our pocket invitation resource page!