Pocket protectors are casings that can contain writing instruments like pencils and pens. They are portable and convenient as they are able to fit in the breast pockets of your shirts. This product may be made of different materials like plastic and fabric. The former is the most recommended as pens unexpectedly leak. Pocket protectors used to be popular in the 1950’s but when pens that are tested to be leak-proof came out, the product slowly faded. If you find it useful and handy for your pens, then you might be interested in doing one yourself. Just read on the instructions below and you’ll get to have your own pocket protector.
- Prepare your materials. For an easier DIY procedure, use a fabric for easier sewing. Just make sure that it is stiff like a quilt. For a smoother finish, use a thread that matches that matches your fabric’s color. Use sharp scissors for smoother fabric cutting as well.
- Cut your fabric. Measure your fabric by 3.75 x 5 inches. Cut it as this would be the front area of your protector. For the back, measure the fabric 3.75 x 7 inches and cut it. Measure another piece at 3 x 6 inches. Cut it also as this will be the hanging part that will secure your protector’s position in the pocket.
- Put the fabrics in position. Put the 2 fabrics, front and back, together with the front on top. Make sure that their right sides are out. Line the edges up and put pins to make them secure. You will see that the back fabric is taller than your front fabric.
- Sew edges. Insert the threaded needled from the back and begin sewing to the front. As much as possible, make your stitches clean and equal so that your protector’s edges will be straight and unruffled. Just continue sewing until the three edges, the left and right sides plus the bottom, are sewn. Do not include the top edge.
- Work on the last fabric piece. Get your last piece of fabric and fold it in half. Put this over the front fabric. Make sure that half of your folded fabric is inside your protector and the other half is hanging over in front.
- Secure the fabric piece. Sew the last piece unto the front fabric by sewing the top area. The sizes given in the instruction are just the recommended measurements fitted for ordinary pockets. You can always make your pocket protector larger as long as it fits your pocket. You can even make it funky and colorful so that it actually passes up as a trendy accessory. If you have another material that does not absorb ink or liquid, you can use it as long as you are able to sew it properly. Thicker sewing threads can also be used, especially with thicker materials, as long as you have the needle for it. It can make your stitches sturdier. You can also add embellishments if you are feeling creative just as long as they do not intervene with the protector sliding over your pocket.