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Make an Extra Filing Pocket

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Manila folders are popular for filing and organizing documents. They are simple, inexpensive and effective for office use or even at home.

extra filing pockets, manila folders
Simple folder design with fastener

The simplistic folder design which is commonly a large thin cardboard folded in half may however lack in additional pockets for holding smaller notes or documents. Particularly those that couldn't fit the fastener.

A simple solution is to make an extra pocket on the folder flap. Here's a suggestion on how you can do it:

Time: 30 minutes

Manila cardboard or strong magazine cover
Double-sided tape
Pencil & Ruler

Determine the size of the desired pocket.

extra filing pockets, manila folders
Strong magazine cover

Measure and cut the manila cardboard or any strong paper from magazine cover accordingly.

extra filing pockets, manila folders
Fold accordingly

Then, fold the sides and the bottom of the paper following the measurement. Fold the dotted lines in blue continued by the solid lines. Cut along the lines marked in red (as shown above). Note that the measurement for both sides of the pocket should be the same.

extra filing pockets, manila folders
Back of the pocket

Turn over the paper and fold according to the crease lines. Join the bottom and the sides together with double-sided tape or appropriate adhesive.

Now the pocket is ready to be attached to the folder flap.

extra filing pockets, manila folders
Double-sided tape

Apply a strip of double-sided tape on each side of the pocket as well as the bottom.

Peel off the protective layer on the tape and turn over the pocket so that the front is facing up.

Position the pocket where you want it to be and gently press it down.

extra filing pockets, manila folders
Manila folder with extra pocket

Finally, it's ready to hold bits and pieces of loose documents neatly in the folder along with other documents.

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