Planner pockets are great for storing stickers, receipts, photos, cards + more.
It’s simple + easy to make planner pockets.
What do you do with those items that you don’t want to hole punch but need to keep in your planner? Just like any good pair of pants, you have a pocket. Planner pockets, or pocket folders, are a great way to store supplies like cards + stickers, maybe receipts, invitations, photos and even keep a little memorabilia.
Let’s dive in to customise our planner and learn …
How to make planner pockets … easy!
Planner pockets can be whatever shape or size you desire. And they don’t have to be the ordinary clear style, although they are great for seeing what is stored within. You will know where to find those important details, you are able to infuse your own style and customise your planner.
So let’s get started …
- 1 piece of double sided card
- Glue stick
- Ruler + cutting matt or paper trimmer
- Hole punch
7 Simple Steps to make planner pockets
Step 1: Decide on the size
Decide what the finished size of your planner pocket will be. Remember it doesn’t have to be the full size of your planner pages.
I’m creating a pocket to fit my Kikki.K large binder, full page size.
Step 2: Prepare your card
Now double the width of the size you want your planner pocket to be. This is the size of the piece of paper or card you will need.
My pocket will be A5 when finished. So my paper will be an A4 piece of card, simply double the size. I have printed two of my favourite papers double sided.
#TIP If you are making a pocket that is larger than a single piece of paper or card, simply join two of your favourite pieces together on the long edge with some washi tape, functional + decorative.
Step 3: Fold the card
Mark the piece of card and fold in half. This should be the size of you finished pocket size. If you card was larger than you needed simply cut off the extra.
#TIP If you score the fold first, mark it by pretending to cut along the fold with the blunt aide of your knife, it will make getting a crisp fold much easier.
Step 4: Create the opening
Here we turn down the top open corner onto the folded side to create the pocket opening. Place the folded card with the opening on the left + folded edge on the right. Measure how far down on the open side, the left you want the pocket to open. Mark and fold.
I measured the down 148mm, the width of my pocket, on the open sided so that my corner would neatly touch the folded side.
#TIP You can have a deep or shallow pocket depending on how far down you fold.
Step 5: Secure the flap
Glue down your pocket flap or simply cut it off if you prefer.
I have left my flap intact and glued it down as I really love these bold zig zag stripes.
Step 6: Punch the holes
Mark your binder holes using a divider or planner page + hole punch.
See my tip below on punching multiple holes with a two hole punch.
Step 7: Seal your pocket
Seal your pocket with tape. Of course washi tape would be great here.
I used ordinary clear sticky tape so that pattern on my paper could be seen all the way to the edge. This tape dispenser was my Nan’s. It holds so many memories of holidays at her house when I was young, that I lovingly include it in my pictures. Just a little way of memory keeping in amongst my everyday.
#TIP Finish off by adding a tab to your pocket for easy accessibility.
You can use a standard office two hole punch for your planner. Of course you can purchase a 6 hole punch but if you don’t have one you can follow these simple steps with your two hole punch.
- Use an existing planner page with holes already pouched to mark where your holes should go. I use a pencil so the lines are faint and can’t been easily seen.
- Take the bottom off your hole punch that collect the confetti. Be sure to check that it is not holding any confetti first.
- Turn your hole punch over so you can see the bottom when the sharp circles poke through to cut your card + paper.
- Position your card or paper into position so you can see the circle you drew in the middle of the hole.
- Hold steady + punch. Repeat steps 4 + 5 for all your holes. Easy!
You can follow these same steps with a one hole punch as well.
No doubt you now have plenty of ideas now on how to make planner pockets. Use this simple pattern as a template and…
Get creative + have fun!
Share: I’d like to hear from you, “What do you like to store in your planner pockets?”