Upon seeing how cool my pocket protector was, everyone else at Instructables requested that I make some for them.
In short, making your own pocket protector will turn you into a very popular person.
Disclaimer: Melting vinyl or plastic may be toxic and should be done in a well-ventilated area. Do this at your own risk.
Step 1: Go get stuff
- a 3-ring binder with a vinyl cover (as pictured)
- or a vinyl term paper cover
- a plastic bag sealer
- or a soldering iron and some wax paper
- a laser cutter
- or ink jet printer
Step 2: Start cutting up the binder
Trim excess plastic around the sealed edges.
Step 3: Remove the cardboard
Pull the cardboard out through this opening.
(Don't do like I've done in the picture. See picture comments for more info.)
Step 4: Cut the vinyl some more
At this measurement, cut across the vinyl so that you produce a folded-over strip that is 3-3/4" wide and about 10" long.
Cut 3" off the strip so that it is 7" long (folded in half), but do not remove the side where the edge is still sealed.
Next, cut away the sealing joint that runs lengthwise down the strip.
You should now be left with a folded strip that is 7" long, a little under 3-3/4" wide and is folded over at the bottom of the shorter side.
Step 5: Fold.
Once you are sure the fold is correct, run your thumb back and forth over this crease a couple of times while applying a strong pressure.