By Noreen Doll.
A folded one sheet pocket book is easy to make and a fun little book to use.
It has a little pocket on every page, and there are many things you can use them for.
Make bookmarks to store in the pockets. Or create lots of tiny tags to keep in them.
Attach small photos to paper shapes that can be removed from the pockets and make a fun photo book for a child.
For a little girl, tuck a tiny paper doll and its wardrobe into the pockets.
A fun way to use the gift pocket book is to add folded money or gift cards!
I would suggest making your first one sheet pocket book from a scrap sheet of paper, or paper that is not a favorite – just to get the idea of how the book is made.
1 Sheet of Scrapbooking Paper
Washi Tape or Scotch Tape
Ruler and Pencil if Not Using a Score Board
2 Binder Rings, Stiff Twine, or 2 Large Jump Rings
How to Make the Basic Folded One Sheet Pocket Book.
1. If you are using double sided paper, choose which side you want for the outside of the book.
That side will be the same as the folded pockets.
2. Score the paper as shown below.
Score at 6 inches on the back side of the paper.
Turn the paper over, and scoring in the same direction, score at 2 inches and 10 inches.
3. Turn the paper 90 degrees, and score at 3 inches, 6 inches, and 9 inches.
4. Turn the paper so the scores at 2 inches, 6 inches, and 10 inches are vertical.
(the purple and red lines shown.)
5. Starting at the center bottom, cut on the 6 inch line up to the 3 inch score line at the top of the paper.
Notice where the red line stops at the 3 inch mark. Cut where the red line is.
6. With the colorful side of the paper (or the side of the paper you want for the cover and pockets) face down, fold and crease along the 2 inch score line.
Fold and crease along the 10 inch score line. These are the pockets.
7. Fold the paper in half on the uncut part at the top of the cut line, with the colored side out.
8. Accordian fold each side of the paper so it looks like this.
And like this when both sides are folded.
9. Using washi tape or scotch tape, tape the four open pocket sides shut.
10. Finish folding into a book.
11. On the side where all the folded edges come together, punch 2 holes evenly spaced for the binding.
12. Use binder rings, large jump rings, or short pieces of twine or ribbon to thread through the holes and hold the book together.
Large jump rings look like this.
Tied with twine.
Now you can embellish the cover or pages if you wish.
If you are using paper that is colored on only one side, you can draw on or embellish the white half of the pages.
Use stickers or small paper cut outs to help cover the white pages.
I love this idea! Super simple and super useful.
Incredible what can be made with some folds in pc. of paper. I will attempt this but will need to be in right frame of mind. Great tutorial, will print it out so I can follow step by step. How did you learn to do this? Awesome. Happy summer days
I had seen this done before but forgot all about it, great step by step instructions, terrific project!
I haven’t done this in years, thanks so much for the reminder and great simple clear instructions.
Love this idea especially for storing my bills and coupons thanks for share a must try:)
This is adorable! I love it!
This is simply adorable, and looks so easy to make. I love the paper you used for yours! Thanks for sharing with us! Smiles.
So cute. Thanks for the tutorial!
great tutorial! Will be giving this a try 🙂 Thanks so much
Robin~ All Things Heart and Home says
that’s so cute!!! I love it…thanks for sharing with us at Twirl and Take a Bow! ox
So fun and easy to make! Just pinned it to the Fridays Unfolded link board and thank you for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!
Thanks for the tutorial!
I LOVE this!! I will be pinning to my christmas board. My niece will love it:)
So simple but so cute – think I’ll make one of these with my little man.
KC the Kitchen Chopper says
What a creative way to have fun with your kids! Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendsocial. Please join us again Thursday at 9:00 PM EST! Off to pin
Jess @ Chaos & Love says
Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters this week! We loved having you!!
Lou Lou Girls says
What a fun project! Looks great. Pinned. I’m always impressed with your creations. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. I can’t wait to see what you have been working on!
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
This is so cool!! This post is being featured on my blog as part of “Tuesdays with a Twist” blog hop.
Pauline Molinari says
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing your project on the Monday Funday Party!
What a cute little book to have in your handbag! Thanks for a great tutorial!
Can use this for my cash envelope system.
S McLaughlin says
Such a cute idea and I had no problem with the instructions. Thank you so much!
Love this little book and plan to use it with day campers this summer as part of our Nature Journaling. We will write Haiku poetry on small cards and tuck a poem in each pocket. Thanks for the great idea!
Denise streitman says
Loved this idea, it’s sooo darn cute. Thx for the idea, directions and for sharing.