DIY Book Pocket | Sea Lemon

Awhile ago, I made a tutorial on how make
a Moleskine style notebook. Since then, many of you have asked how to add a pocket to it.
So in this tutorial, I will show you how to add an expandable pocket to the back of your
book. I still use the original book I made from
the tutorial, and it has held up pretty well. If you’re wondering why those pages look so
wrinkly, somehow my drink always sweats onto my pages as I’m writing… anyways… If you want to make this book for yourself,
check out this tutorial here. You can also find the link in the description below. For a quick and easy way to add a pocket,
you can glue an envelope to the inside cover. You can choose to leave the flap or cut it
off. Or you can make an expandable pocket like
this. Here’s a list of materials and tools I’ll be using to make one. First off, I’m using two 8.5×11 inch sheets
of paper. You may need to adjust some of the measurements if your book is not the same
size. I want a small border around the pocket, so
I’m going to trim off half an inch on 1 sheet of paper. Then fold it in half, and run a bone folder
along the edge. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can check out these substitutes here,
or see the link in the description below. Now score a line 3/4 inch from the open end. And then fold those flaps inward. And cut the ends at a slight angle. When this is folded, you should have about
an 1/4 inch border around the pocket. Set that aside, and cut the other piece of
paper in half. Take one half, and cut that in half to form
two small pieces. Starting with one, fold it in half. And then fold the sides in half like this. Do the same thing with the other small piece. Now glue them to the larger piece. I’m using
Elmer’s craft bond extra strength glue stick. You can use other types of glue made for paper,
but I like this type because it’s strong, acid free, dries fast and won’t warp your
paper. Glue the outer flap onto the side of the pocket.
And make sure the middle zig-zag is folding toward the inside of the pocket. Then glue the top flap over. Glue the ends of the flaps to the other side
of the pocket. And glue that top flap over. Finally, glue the entire pocket to the inside
cover. Now you have an expandable pocket. I find
it’s really helpful for loose pantone chips, swatches or business cards. In the comments
below, feel free to share what types of things you keep in yours. For more tutorials, be sure to subscribe and
check out my channel. You can learn how to make the book I used in the video on the left,
and to add an elastic band to book you already have, check out the video on the right. For
more Sea Lemon, follow me on the links in the description below.

100 thoughts on “DIY Book Pocket | Sea Lemon

  1. your videos are great!! i love them and so can you do a video on " how to make a pencil case using cardboard glue and all of those stuffs''.
    – swathika

  2. That's a great idea! I'm a student and can use such pockets in my textbooks to keep notes about that subject. Else I end up losing the notes if I just leave them loose inside the textbook. :/

  3. Thanks for this, Sea Lemon! I'm going to make one of these for the back of my Art Bible. I'm excited! Love your channel!

  4. I always love it when you get the idea, sea lemon ^.^ I'd also like to ask, how do you find the specific size of it to fit in your book? I'd be happy for answers from anyone!

  5. Thank you! This was really great to find. I bought a cute hardback journal with the elastic strap, but it didn't have a pocket. I was easily able to add one. =)

  6. I love your channel <3
    My boyfriend and I made a few, and I really enjoy drawing in my mole skin styled sketchbook 🙂
    Keep these DIY videos coming, they really are great!

  7. Hi, thanks for sharing those videos. I would like to know where I can shop Pu Leather, also I would like to know how to stamp letters in gold and sketch up some wire design as well on the book front cover

  8. looks great!!! Watch more videos

  9. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I've been wanting to add a pocket to the inside of my bible but had no idea how to do it! Can't wait to try this out!!

  10. These books are awesome, i made a couple but designed them for my school projects, so each signature has a double sided notes page, graph pages and sketch page, this is a great addition to mine although mine opens at the top and i store an eraser shield, 6 inch ruler 2small triangles and a small circle template. I bring this everywhere for when i actually have an idea

  11. This was exactly what I needed! I found a very inexpensive alternative to the Leuchtturm1917 and this is all it was missing. I also liked that I got to pick a color that coordinates with the notebook's cover. Anyway, I color code the edges of my pages with those little round garage sale stickers so I can find notes quickly. I have been keeping them in my pencil case, but it's inconvenient. Now I have a neat little way to keep them handy. Thanks!

  12. This is the absolute best tutorial for making this pocket =) The only thing I have done differently is added double stick tape then the glue stick. I learned that makes an absolutely lasting bond that will not come off, even with all my fidgeting. Thank you so much! Love your channel. My book covers came out so beautifully using your fuse, glue method, you are the best.

  13. I subscribed to Sea Lemon today… I’ve been looking for a book for Bullet Journal… couldn’t find one to my liking so, I grabbed a art book instead and made do with it… so going to make my own from now on..

  14. Excellent tutorial / guide. Aside from making a slight modification to the size of the wings, I now have a great book pocket of my own thanks to you. Cheers!

  15. Those were commenting you are lazy they all are jealous from you that we cannot do like this I like you would you very much

  16. I'm planning to put a pocket in my creative writing notebook to house loose pieces of paper that I have written plot/character ideas on.

  17. I have been watching your videos for nearly a month now–yes, I'm late to the party. However, it inspired me to make a book for my daughter for her graduation. I am compiling letters from friends, family, teachers, etc in this book and I am attempting to bind it myself using your tutorials. (I have over 65 people contributing letters to this project!) Many people have emailed me their contributions but some have hand-written their letters. I'll scan them so I can format the pages, but I want her to have the original letters also. This pocket idea may be just the ticket! I'm so glad I found this video!

  18. This was so useful! I made a really neat pocket for my field journal with this and it only took 5 minutes. ^^

  19. I used this to turn my leather pocket journal cover into a wallet. This lets me use the same pocket space for both the journal, my money, and cards.

  20. My bujo has perforated pages that have come in handy occasionally. I had a little bleed through on a sheet that I was already a little disappointed in so I removed it and made a grid spacing guide and keep it in my back pocket. I wish I had come across this tutorial before I had set up my latest bujo. It didn’t have a back pocket and I definitely wanted an expandable one. While trying to figure out how to make one, I realized I could tear the one in my new bujo out and glue it into the new one. It worked well but I wasted too much time thinking about making a new one. If I had found this tutorial, I could have made one in the time it took me to carefully tear out the old one. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  21. I glue my envelope with the opening facing the other way, and then I have a flap to prevent things from falling out. I use hook& loop dots to keep the flap shut. It's easier to get things out without opening my journal all the way 😄

    Thanks for sharing your videos!

  22. I keep character sheets for whatever tabletop RPGs I’m currently playing when that journal is in use. Super glad I know how to make one of these properly, my last attempt didn’t end well XD

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