The first step in designing a pocketfold is picking the size. These pictures provide the most common sizes and measurements - these sizes correspond with easily obtainable envelopes
In this section, you will find templates for various sizes of pocketfolds. The goal is to be able to choose a size, and know exactly what size paper you will need, and what size it needs to be cut to. In the "what to buy section" you will find information on which on-line stores carry paper in various sizes.
This template is 4x9 when folded
To make it paper should be cut to 8 7/8 high x 10 3/16 long
These two templates are 5x7 pocketfolds. They have the exact same measurement, but can be set up either horizontally or vertically
For either orientation, paper should be cut to 18 x 5 1/4
This is the 6x9 pocketfold, and again can be orientated either horizontally or vertically
For both examples, paper should be cut to 15 1/4 x 9 1/4
This is 2 views of the 7x7 square pocketfold, with a horizontal orientation, showing the measurements (below) and where the folds would appear (right)
This is one of the most commonly used sizes.
For this paper should be cut to 18 3/4 x 7 1/4
This is also a 7x7 pocketfold, but with a vertical orientation; again showing the measurements (left) and the folds (below)
Again, paper should be cut to 18 3/4 x 7 1/4
These templates should give you a good example of how to size and cut your paper. From here, you can choose any size you wish. 5x5 or 6x6 squares are common sizes, along with 5x8 rectangles. To pick your own size, decide first on the size of the middle part - where the text will be inserted. From there, just add corresponding sizes to both sides for the front cover and back flap/pocket. I've found that you get the cleanest look when each flap is about 2/3 the width of the text portion (for example, if you main text part is 6x6, then your front flap on the left can be 4x6, and the back flap also 4x6, with a 3x6 pocket attached).
Once you have a size chosen, just cut the paper to the size of the large rectangle......