How to Fold a Pocket Protector

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How to Fold a Pocket Protector
Pocket protectors were first used by engineers and students, creating the stereotypical association with nerds or geeks. ( Images)

A pocket protector is exactly what it sounds like, something that will protect your delicate pocket from those menacing ink-filled leaky pens. Having something designed to fit neatly inside your front pocket and hold all of your snazzy writing utensils, while also protecting you, is a pocket geek's dream come true. Now you can design your very own pocket protector and jazz it up anyway you like.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 3-ring binder with a vinyl cover
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pen
  • Plastic-bag heat-sealer

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  1. 1

    Use the scissors to cut off one side of the binder along the centre fold. Cut the excess plastic from around the sealed edges, but do not cut in too far, or you will create an opening in the plastic where there shouldn't be.

  2. 2

    Cut the plastic along the edge of the binder that was attached to the centre fold. This will create an opening that will allow you to pull out the cardboard inside the binder.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark a width of 3 3/4 inches across the length of the long edge of the cover. This edge should still be sealed shut. Measure and mark a length of ten inches opposite of the sealed edge. Use the scissors to cut out the rectangle you just marked.

  4. 4

    Cut a 3-inch strip so the length now measures 7 inches, and be sure to cut from the edge that is not sealed shut. Cut away the sealed joint that is lengthwise along the rectangle. This should leave you with a piece of vinyl that is 7 by 3 3/4 inches, and it should have two flaps or sides that are held together by one sealed side.

  5. 5

    Pick one side of the vinyl flaps and fold the top unsealed side down 2 1/4 inches. Crease this fold several times.

  6. 6

    Unfold the flap you just creased and turn on your plastic heat-sealer. Place the edge of your vinyl from the crease you just made down to the edge that is already sealed. Use the directions for your specific heat-sealer to seal this edge securely. Repeat on the other edge exactly as you did before.

  7. 7

    Trim an inch of vinyl from the back flap, the side that you did not crease, and round the corners on the flap you did crease. The flap that is creased will fold over the outside of your pocket. Decorate the side of the flap that hangs over your pocket.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice sealing edges of vinyl with extra scraps left over from the binder.

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