How to Make a Pocketfold Invitation

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How to Make a Pocketfold Invitation
Invitation-Open (Invitation/images by Natasha Lawrence)

Self-contained invitations that open to reveal an invitation are popular with brides. They are like little books that may contain the wedding invitation, an RSVP card, return envelope and directions to an event. They are called "pocketfold" invitations because all necessary papers pertaining to an event are neatly packaged in an envelope that opens on four sides.

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Things you need

  • Computer and printer
  • Card stock - 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches
  • Decorative papers that complement the invitation
  • Heavy paper - 12 inches by 12 inches, coordinated colour
  • Paper cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sticky seal (to close envelope flap)
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    Create a new document in a computer word-processing program such as Microsoft Word. Insert four tables in two rows, two tables for each row. Hit return, then compose the wording for the invitation using your desired font and centring the text. Keep the space in which the invitation is typed to 6 inches by 4 inches. Copy the entire typed invitation and paste it into each table. This will create four invitations per page. Print as many invitations on the printer as necessary for the number of guests invited.

    How to Make a Pocketfold Invitation
  2. 2

    Cut each invitation on a paper cutter to 4 inches by 6 inches. Cut complementary decorative paper to 5 inches by 7 inches. Apply strips of double-sided tape to the backs of the invitations and secure to the decorative paper, centred.

    How to Make a Pocketfold Invitation
    Pocketfold pattern
  3. 3

    Create a pocketfold pattern (see image above) on 12-by-12-inch heavy paper (the dotted lines in the illustration show where the flaps are folded). Cut out the pocketfold using a paper cutter. Apply strips of double-sided tape to the back of the 5-inch by 7-inch invitation created in Step 2 and secure the invitation onto the centre of the pocketfold envelope. Enclose any other papers regarding the event, and fold in the flaps neatly. Attach a sticky seal on the outside flap of the envelope and seal shut.

  4. 4

    Write the return address on the front, top-left corner with a pen. Then address the invitation front to a guest.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the weight of the completed invitation package at the postal service for the correct postage.
  • If desired, the return address can be printed on return address labels and attached to the envelope.

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