Pocket fold wedding invitations are all the rage right now but they're kind of expensive. For brides looking for a budget friendly invitation while still wanting the pocket fold invitation look this DIY How To is just for you. This project takes a little bit of time and patience but is pretty easy to complete.
You will need a few items to get started. Some of them will obviously be required and some of them you can get by without.
Step 1: Gather your supplies and place them neatly so that you can easily reach them while making your pocketfold. Place your cardstock paper on your cutting mat.
I like to put mine at 0” across and 1” up and down so that way I can see what inch marker I’m at easier.
Step 2: Take your ruler and place it over the cardstock paper at 2” from the bottom. Draw a line with your scoring blade, creating an indent in the paper.
Step 3: Carefully cut the paper along this indent, using the indent as a guide to ensure a straight line. You could also use the Rotary Cutter if you have one, along with your ruler to ensure a straight line.
Step 4: Place your ruler over the carsick paper 3” from the bottom. Draw a line with your scoring blade from the left side of the paper 6 inches to the right. Now Use your ruler and draw a line from the first line at 6” down to the bottom of the paper. Carefully cut out the box you formed with these two lines, cutting along the indented line.
Step 5: From the left side of the paper, move your ruler over 1 inch from the edge of the paper. Using your paper score create a line from the top of the paper down 7”. Then move your ruler and create a second line from the bottom of the 7” line across to the left side of the paper. Carefully cut out along these indented lines.
Step 6: Move your ruler 3” from the bottom of the longest part of the pocketful as shown in the figure below. Using your scoring blade draw a line across the entire width of the paper.
Step 7: Place your ruler 2” from the edge of the left side and score a line, vertically along the pocket fold as shown below. From that 2” line, move your ruler, 5” left and score another vertical line along the entire length. Finally score one final line, 1” from the right.
Step 8: Taking your scissors, cut along the indented line horizontally for the left pocket flab as show below. Then fold both the left and the right flab over to create your pocket. Use the back of your scoring blade to make the fold flat. Do the same for all of the additional fold lines you created in previous steps.
Note. If you want to make any fancy cuts to the paper now is the time in which you would want to accomplish that. You can add a triangle cut out for the pocket. Go down the center about 1” then draw diagonal lines and cut them out. You can also do the same for the 2” flab but use less than 1” of the paper otherwise the flab will not fold over the pocket fold properly.
Step 10: With the pocket table folded over, place 3-4 glue dots along the outside edge as shown in the photo below. Then carefully fold the pocket up, adhering the glue dots to the paper to create the pocket. it should look like the second mage below.
Step 11: Add your Directions, Accommodations, RSVP Envelope, RSVP Card, and Reception Card to the pocket. Take your wedding invitation and flip it over. Add a glue dot at each corner then carefully align it up along the 5” center fold of the pocketfold, adhering the glue dots to the paper.
Step 12: Fold the pocket section with your wedding details over on top of the wedding invitation as shown above. Remember you can use the scoring blade to flatten the fold for a nice crisp look.
Step 13: Fold the 2” flab over on top of the invitation and pocket. You now have your completed pocketfold invitation!
From here you can either add a 2” belly band around the length of the pocketfold to keep it closed. You can also add ribbon, string, twine or any other decorative pieces to give your invitations that little extra flare. I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow and use for your invitations. Send us a pic below with your creations. We’d love to see them!