Disc Bound Notebook DIY Pocket Folder

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Remember when I shared how to make a DIY planner pocket folder? I was over the moon craft happy with how the DIY pocket folders turned out. I wanted to make more. Lots more. I was also trying to come up with a DIY gift idea for my friend, K. I had one of those light bulb moments. Bing!

open planner with paper and pen on one side and DIY pocket folder on the other and second DIY pocket folder laying in front on table with title text reading It's easy to make a pocket folder with this easy-to-do DIY planner pocket folder tutorial. Make a decorative folder to fit your planner.

K. always has her disc bound notebook with her. I knew I could make a DIY planner pocket folder for her disc bound notebook and make us both happy.

open planner with paper and pen on one side and blue pocket folder with fish pattern on the other

I’m so giddy with how adorable this DIY folder turned out. It was easy to make and you can adapt it to any size of disc notebook. K. and I met in Hawai’i, so I know she’ll love this fish paper. It has a happy Hawaiian feel to it. 

Disc Bound Notebook DIY Pocket Folder

Supplies for a DIY Planner Pocket Folder

  • Decorative Card Stock – You want to use card stock so that it’s sturdy enough to support the pockets and contents.
  • Decorative Paper 12 inch by 12 inch
  • Glue Stick
  • Double-stick Tape 


Lay a page from the disc bound notebook on top of the card stock paper. Measure and mark the edges of the paper. Cut the piece of card stock.

piece of planner paper on top of blue paper with 2 edges lined up

My piece of card stock was 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (the solid blue paper). 

Figure out how tall you want your pocket to be. Add 1/2 inch to the height measurement. Your pocket paper will be twice the width of your paper plus 1/8 inch. 

red ruler laying on blue paper on top of paper with fish design

My decorative paper (the fish paper) when cut for the pocket measured 11 1/8 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches tall.

DIY pocket folder in blue with fish motif and arrow pointing to edge of paper

Since my decorative paper was 12 inches by 12 inches, it was easier for me to simply cut the paper 4 1/2 inches tall, fold it around my card stock and then trim the excess off. 

two pieces of paper with design facing down with edges folded down and bone folder on white table

I used my Scor-Pal to fold 1/4 inch down on the top and the bottom of the pocket.

paper with edges folded over and bone folder tool

I wanted to have my pocket angled. The straight portion before the angled portion is 1 inch from the fold to the start of the angle. The short side of the pocket is 2 1/2 inches. I simply marked the paper at the 1 inch and the 2 1/2 inch points and then trimmed the paper between those two marks. Remember to leave a 1/4 inch margin to fold down. Use your Scor-Pal or a bone folder to neatly fold down the 1/4 inch margins.

roll of tape on top of blue folder with fish images pocket

Use double stick tape or the glue stick to attach the pocket to the bottom edge of the card stock and along the short edge where you punch the holes. I cut regular double stick tape in half to create thinner pieces of double stick tape.

hand holding pencil and marking holes on paper with hole punch at the side

Lay a piece of note book paper onto your folder and mark the holes with a pencil.

2 pocket folders with fish paper and pair of scissors

Punch holes with a hole punch or Crop-a-dile. The advantage to the Crop-a-dile is that it makes smaller holes so it holds onto the disc binding more securely. With scissors, clip from the paper edge to the punched hole.

I’m so excited that I can create my own unique disc bound notebook DIY pocket folder and it’s such a pretty decorative pocket folder, too. I warn you, these pocket folders are so easy to make and adorable that they’re a bit addictive.

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  1. That turned out great! I like that you were so thoughtful and used a decorative paper that you knew your friend would like. My daughter likes organizing her notebooks for school, and this seems like something she could use. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Susan, your craftiness is going to force me to get in my office and get it organized. I love this idea. The paper you used is so cute. Yet another great idea.

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