DIY Tutorial: Tri-Fold Pocketfold Invitations

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Now that you’ve seen our invitations in all their glory, let’s break them down to their painstaking how tos. Other tutorials exist around the hive if you’re interested in single panel pocketfolds, too. You can check out those from the awesome Mrs Ballet Flat, Mr & Ms Sew, Miss Cola, Mrs Deviled Egg, Miss Snapdragon, and Mrs Daffodil.

I knew I wanted to have invitations with 2 panels: one in English and one in Vietnamese. I couldn’t find pre-made pocketfolds, so I had to make them myself. I began with instructions I found from Project Wedding’s Wedding DIY Challenge.

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I modified the instructions to suit my needs. I wanted the panels to be the same size. Here’s what I came up with. This diagram is for 11” x 17” cardstock paper.

Trifold Pocketfold Outline

CUTTING

The 11×17 aqua cardstock needs to be cut to 8 3/4” x 17”. The gold text paper should be cut to 5” x 8”.

I had the aqua cardstock and gold text paper cut at Kinko’s for $1.49/cut per stack. A stack is about 150 sheets. The cardstock we used was thick, so it was more like 75 sheets. They could cut the 11×17 sheets of cardstock without a problem. All in all they had to make 9 cuts across the aqua and gold paper. That’s 13.41 for all the cutting!!! Heck yeah. It was so much better than going through a bunch of cutting blades and cutting them myself.

PaperandMore.com will also do cuts for you for $5 per cut per stack of paper. They don’t let you have the scrap pieces, though. Kinko’s lets you have all your scrap pieces back if you want them. The right aqua piece (thinner piece) is “scrap”. That’s a LOT of scrap that can be used for all kinds of things. I wasn’t about to give that up. I ended up using almost all the “scraps” for other wedding projects! I highly recommend going to Kinko’s for cutting. When you’re on a budget, scraps = GOLD!

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POCKETFOLDS

- Measure and mark the aqua cardstock at each fold.

- Use a bone folder or scoring blade to score and crease all 3 folds.

- Create a triangle out of scrap cardboard or cardstock.

- Use an X-Acto blade and ruler to follow your cardboard triangle cutout to create the cutout for the pocket.

- Use double stick tape to secure single sided satin ribbon. I used 11 inches of ribbon per invitation.

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- Use tape/glue of choice to secure the actual pocket. I used Xyron tape. It didn’t hold as well as I would have liked. I would not recommend it based on my own experience. Make sure to secure the ribbon after taping the ribbon into place so that the end of the ribbon can hide on the inside of the pocket.

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- Tape the gold text paper to the aqua cardstock. I used double stick tape on each corner, and one piece in the middle.

Next, I’ll go through the actual invitation panels and inserts.

Did anyone else make their own pocketfolds? What kind of tape and technique did you use?

* all personal photos unless noted

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Mrs. Hot Wings

Location:
Chicago/San Diego
Wedding Date:
August 2010
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  1. Member
    gmreyes2 91 posts, Worker bee @ 3:33 pm

    I LOVE THESE! I posted my DIY invites yesterday in the DIY gallery.

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    Mrs. Hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 3:34 pm

    They came out amazing! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! :)

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    Shoppingdixie, Guest @ 3:45 pm

    I used the same tutorial for my pocket fold cuz I wanted Chinese and English. I used Super Tackey tape for the pockets but some of mine didn’t stick too well because it was too wide and I had to redo a lot of them later. BIG pain in the butt. I also used Double side sticky tape for taping the paper down. The rolling tape dispenser, even thought they said perament, did not stick very well.

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    gmreyes2 91 posts, Worker bee @ 3:46 pm

    where did you buy the paper and what paper size did you buy? Thanks

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    Mrs. Scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 3:48 pm

    I agree– scraps DO equal gold. I should have followed you wise peeps and gotten my stuff cut professionally, to save my poor fingers, but still– way better than buying it all pre-cut.

    Well done!

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    Mrs. Pug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:49 pm

    wow–impressive! smart call on getting them cut for you.

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    Mrs. Trail Mix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:50 pm

    Looks awesome, can’t wait to see the rest of the tutorial :)

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    Mrs. Hot Wings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:10 pm

    @gmreyes2: Aqua 11×17 Paper from paperandmore.com. Good Stardream text paper 8.5×11 from envelopmall.com.

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    Mrs. Snow 875 posts, Busy bee @ 5:19 pm

    Holy cow, Hot Wings, these are amazing. I didn’t even know about getting stuff cut at Kinkos (not that I cut anything at all…that’s all Mr. Snow). I won’t mention it to him:)

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    Mrs. Sunrise 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:39 pm

    They look awesome!! Great job, Hot Wings!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:31 pm

    Scraps aren’t only “gold”, they are also “green.” :)

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    shellymarie 41 posts, Newbee @ 3:47 pm

    these look awesome – kind of inspiring to do my own pocket folds instead of buying them – especially with the low cost of getting them cut at kinkos! Can you tell me what paper weight they are?

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 5:20 am

    you’re amazing, i’m blown away every time i see these!

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    French Manicure 92 posts, Worker bee @ 12:15 am

    These are great Miss Hot Wings! I will definitely use this since I need both an English and Chinese invitation. What size envelope did you get to fit this pocketfold?

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    Mrs. Hot Wings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:57 am

    @French Manicure: Envelops were A9. It ended up being the correct size width or was larger in height than I actually needed.

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    lovebugfouts 586 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 pm

    love this!

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