Organize Yourself: Cardboard Library Pocket

I started gluing these library pockets in my sketch books and travel guides and quickly became addicted. They are a great addition to a Moleskin notebook too. I particularly like to use them on the front of the little cardboard covered notebooks I get from Muji. These notebooks are just the right size, inexpensive and great for sketching out ideas while the girls are playing on the playground every morning. My to do list stays front and center in the cozy little pocket and I can pull it out without having to delve into my sketchbook.

Cover them with interesting magazine pages, manga, paper bags, or other junk mail ephemera, and you’ve got a very classy place to keep your grocery list. No more forgetting the soy sauce!

For this project I recommend using the lightest weight cardboard you can get your hands on. Think “bone china” of cardboard. Re-purposed manilla folders would work great too.

To make the fabric covered pocket pictured at the top, I first traced the template onto cardboard and cut it out. Then I simply glued a scrap of kimono fabric to the pocket with watered down white glue and then painted over the top decoupage-style with the white glue  and water mixture so the fabric was entirely smooth and saturated. I let it dry overnight, cut off any remaining fabric, and then glued the pocket together and affixed it to the notebook. Easy.

Last minute stocking stuffer?

Click on the picture below for two sizes of free downloadable library pocket pdf templates.

3 thoughts on “Organize Yourself: Cardboard Library Pocket

  1. Hello! This is Angela from Saké Puppets — I’d love to check out the Tokyo Quilt Show. Are you exhibiting? Let’s chat!
    ps – I love this project! I think I might add pockets to all my Muji notebooks this afternoon. Thanks!

    • Hi Angela, sounds great! No, I am not exhibiting, but I do a lot of sewing and the Quilt show is an amazing place to get some new inspiration. There are a lot of vendors selling all kinds of sewing materials like fabric, notions, etc., so I think you would really enjoy it. I am free the 21st, 22nd and 28th from 10-1pm of this month to attend the show and perhaps grab a cup of coffee or tea afterwards. I have the two little ones that my husband would be watching so I can’t be gone for too long. You might want to stay longer if you have the time. Looking forward to meeting a fellow Tokyo crafter and blogger!

      PS Let me know how your library pockets turn out!

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