DIY Pocketfold Invites

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DIY Pocketfold Invites
Pocketfold invitations enable you to send all pertinent information in one attractive packet. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pocketfold invitations are ideal choices when your invitation will be including additional information such as directions, response cards and other pertinent items that will be on separate cards or pieces of paper. These invitations can be customised for any event and range from elegant to very simple. Pocketfold invitations are inexpensive to make. Once assembled, the pocketfold invitation and all the enclosures are ready to be put in one, single envelope and sent off to the invitee.

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Things you need

  • Cardstock
  • Printed Invitation
  • Pocketfold inserts
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stick glue
  • Craft glue

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  1. 1

    Lay a piece of 8.5-by-11-inch cardstock on a clean, dry surface. Measure, from one corner, two inches along one of the 8.5-inch sides of the cardstock. From the same corner, measure seven inches along the 11-inch side. Create a rectangle on the that cardstock corner using these dimensions and cut out the 2-by-7-inch long rectangular section from the cardstock.

  2. 2

    Fold the pocket envelope. Lay the 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of cardstock that has had the 2-by-7-inch rectangle removed on a flat surface. Place the 11-inch side, which has had the rectangle removed, closest to you. Fold the 4-inch portion, remaining on the 11-inch side after cutting out the rectangle, two inches up toward the rest of the paper sheet, creating the flap to hold the inserts. Apply a thin coat of glue stick just inside the flap's side edges. Press down on the flap edges firmly to create a pocket. Next, with the 11-inch side still closest to you, fold the left 6.5-inch side in toward the centre by two inches and sharply crease the fold. Now fold the right 6.5-inch side containing the flap in toward the centre by four inches and sharply crease the fold. When both sides are open, the centre piece should be five inches across. The pocketfold envelope is ready.

  3. 3

    Glue the main invitation to the inside, middle section of the pocketfold. Use stick glue on the middle of the invitation back and craft glue lightly around the edges for a secure, but not bumpy hold. Allow the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Lay out any inserts to be included, such as printed invitation, RSVP card and envelope and direction map. Make sure the inserts are smaller than the flap pocket. Use thin paper or cardstock when creating the inserts in order to ensure a clean fit in the flap pocket. Making the inserts different heights gives a cascading effect that is attractive in the pocket envelope. Place the inserts behind the folded flap.

  5. 5

    Close the pocketfold invitation by folding the right side portion with the flap, toward the invitation centre. Now fold the remaining 2-inch portion on the left side of the pocketfold in toward the centre. The pocketfold invitation is now closed and ready to be placed in a 5-by-7-inch envelope for mailing.

Tips and warnings

  • The pocketfold invitation can be enhanced by adding a gold sticker or circle when mailing or by adding an elegant ribbon if hand delivering.
  • All items needed for this project are available at craft stores and centres. Cardstock comes in an endless variety of colours.

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