Handy Dandy Slash Pockets

Index PocketWhile I was putting my planner together, I came across a few comments in DIYPlanner.com about slash pockets. One idea from our great primate leader, dougj, really stuck out, about using slash pockets to store blank templates for easy access. For some reason, I really liked this idea and wanted to implement it in my own planner. But I never bought any. While I loved the idea of slash pockets, two things kept me from buying them. The major reason was that they weren't available at the office supply stores I visited. But almost as important was they seemed expensive for such a simple thing. Then I thought to myself, I'm already using DIY Planner pages, making my own tabbed dividers, and doing this whole thing how I want it. Why not just D-I-Y the slash pockets too?

I started thinking about how I could make my own. While looking through old office supplies, I ran across an unused manila folder. I looked at it, and was inspired. The manila folder could be easily cut in half, and with a few quick hole punches and some tape, I could make my own slash pocket.

Now, this may seem like no big deal to you, but I felt like ranking myself with Tesla, Edison, Franklin, and any other brilliant inventor I could think of. (Hey, get your jollys when you can, that's what I say.) It was also a great accomplishment, since I am all thumbs when it comes to any crafty type project. (Seriously. In fact, just this past Mother's Day weekend, I helped my brother out with some construction work for our mom. In about ten minutes I had a blister on my thumb and was threatened to never swing hammers or other blunt objects at pieces of wood again.)

Not wanting to let the conquering feeling subside, I started thinking about what else I would like to carry around easily in my planner. A quick glance at my Hipster PDA, and I knew index cards were the answer. The basic slash pocket, while it could hold flash cards, would not be very effective. So, I started doodling, and came up with a design that would hold flash cards quite securely. This design allowed me to not only carry spare hPDA templates, but also flash cards for languages and general study. No more putting them in my pants pocket like some barbarian. We're talking true and civilized index card carrying. Great inventors of the world, here I come.

Of course, the best inventions should be available to anyone. So, here are my instructions on making your own classic and index size slash pockets. Enjoy!

Equipment Needed

  • Manila folder
  • Guillotine or paper cuter
  • Scissors or Xacto knife (Card Slash Pocket only)
  • Hole-punch
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pen/pencil
  • Glue stick or stapler (Card Slash Pocket only)

Classic Size Slash Pocket

  1. Starting from fold of the manila folder, measure out 8 3/4" height. Mark this height.

  2. Using guillotine or paper cutter, trim folder above mark made. The tab at the top, as well as a little extra, should be removed.

  3. Using ruler, determine width of manila folder (the folders I have are just over 11 1/2" wide). Mark middle of folder.

  4. Using guillotine or paper cutter, cut folder in half vertically. You should now have two "mini-folders" approximately 8 3/4" x 5 3/4".

  5. Unfold one of the "mini-folders." The "front" side (the side that did not have a tab originally) will be the "slash" part of the slash pocket.

  6. On the left edge make a mark about 1" down from the top.

  7. One the other edge of the folder, make a mark about 5 1/4" up from the fold line. Connect the two marks. Slash Pocket 2

  8. Use your guillotine or paper cuter to cut the line. You should have a nice angled cut on the "front" side.

  9. Close the folder. Use tape to tape up the sides.

  10. Use your hole-punch to punch holes appropriate for your planner. Make the holes as close to the edge as possible without hitting the edge. If you accidentally hit the edge, hole reinforcements can be used to fix the holes.

  11. Decorate if desired.

Index Card Slash Pocket

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 from the Basic Slash Pocket directions above.

  2. Make marks about 1/2" towards the middle from the top and bottom on the right of the "front" side.

  3. Find the middle of the folder lengthwise (so a 8 3/4" would be at about 4 3/8"). Make a mark.

  4. Make two marks, each about 1/4" to each side of the middle mark and about 1.5" towards the middle. Connect the marks made.

  5. Use your Xacto knife or scissors to cut from the mark at the top to the first mark in the middle, then the second middle mark, and finally the mark at the bottom. You should remove a trapezoidal piece. Index Pocket 2

  6. Take your glue stick, and rub about a 1/2" vertical line on the inside of the folder on the side with the hole punches, as well as at the top, bottom, and the middle (each also about a 1/2").

  7. Close the folder and press down hard. Let the glue dry. Note: If you don’t have a glue stick, the stapler can be used instead, but it does not look as nice, and you might want to put tape on the back of the staples to keep them from ripping anything.

  8. Use your hole-punch to punch holes appropriate for your planner.

  9. Decorate if desired.

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Nudge Einstein over, too!

This is brilliant, really helpful! I've been searching for pockets and envelopes to incorporate into a planner, and this really hits the spot.

The index card size would also be good for tickets and receipts.


quick envelope slash pocket

Thanks for these very nice directions on making slash pockets. They do exist but are very expensive:


I have made an even quicker and dirtier slash pocket from a 6" x 9" mailing envelope. Try to get the type that is made out of that woven stuff that Fedex bags are made from, or use these:

Simply cut the top flap off, and a triangle slash starting at the top left corner down about 2.5" on the right side. hole punch the left side for your binder or hpda. Poof! A slash pocket! If you get those cutie "coin evelopes" you could do the same thing for your 3" x 5" hpda as well. I would also reinforce the slash with some tape, but not necessary.