Scrapbook Sunday: Easy Felt Pocket Ideas

Create fun felt pockets for your scrapbook or mini album with A Beautiful Mess merino wool! Get the full tutorial on www.ABeautifulMess.comWhen you get your hands on a new product that you love, it's hard not to find more and more ways to use it up, right? I'm back to share another way to incorporate the gorgeous new Merino wool felt by creating a few simple pockets for your scrapbook or mini albums. These are simple ways to add some texture and touch-ability to your album while also making space for photos or journaling spots you want to include that might not fit into traditional photo sleeves. 

Hand-Stitched Felt PocketMy first idea is to hand-stitch a piece of wool felt onto a postcard or thicker piece of card stock. The postcard I used here came from Life Love Paper and was perfect for this kind of option because it's thick enough to keep the pocket from warping but not so thick that I can't stitch through it. You could easily use a piece of chipboard covered in your favorite scrapbook paper as well. I used a 2' length of embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, tied a knot at one end of the floss, and then starting from the back of the postcard, stitched all the way around three sides as shown before tying another knot and trimming my end on the back side. To cover my knots, I covered the back side of the postcard with another piece of scrapbook paper and trimmed my edges carefully. 

Felt PocketThe next option was to cut down a photo pocket page from the Monroe photo sleeve. I added papers to the outer two squares and then stapled a piece of felt across the outside of the sleeve along three edges. This creates a side pocket for tucking larger photos in from the side that overlap with the pocket squares. I made sure to add journaling on the back of the photo because it is visible from the back, too. I stapled it on, but you could also hand-stitch or machine stitch those edges. 

Staple PocketAbove is a better image of the pocket without the photo tucked inside.

BlanketStitchFeltPocketThe third option is just as easy. Use a full sheet of the Merino wool felt and fold it in half. Then use a blanket-stitch to stitch up the sides. The wool felt is stronger and more dense than the felt you'll find at most hobby stores because it's a much higher quality. So you don't have to worry about it stretching out or losing shape easily. It was easy to punch holes through and makes for a sturdy pocket for this batch of personal photos from years ago that I want to include but don't want to reprint to fit specific photo pocket pages.

Add texture and layers with fun felt pockets. See three siple ways to add your own on www.aBeautifulMess.comI'm all about the simple add-ins that go a long way in my albums, but think of all the ways you could incorporate embroidery skills or hand cut letters and shapes onto the front of your felt pockets! Have you been experimenting with felt, too? I'd love to see how you've used it in your own scrapbooks! –Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • That scrapbook is so cute! The felt pockets add a nice hand-stitched detail. They’re perfect for Project Life cards and other little bits that you can include in scrapbooks, like ticket stubs, loose pcitures, and even souvenir pennies.

  • Hi ladies!!!

    So I recently purchased the canon MG7720, and thus far I am LOVING it!! I’m so glad you’ve recommended it! I was wondering what you would recommend purchasing, as far as paper goes, in order to print the small square (Instagram) images? Or do you usually just print multiple on a larger size paper and then cut it?


  • This is such a cute idea! I used to love to scrapbook but I’ve gotten away from it in the digital age. This is a great way to build your own scrapbook and memories for all of those odds and ends you don’t want to throw away. For me they usually just end of scattered in a box somewhere. This is great alternative!

    Brittany |

  • I love the third option! What a great way to store memories that don’t fit in the pockets!


  • Scrapbooking is so fun, allows us to let our creative side out!

    I like to make mood boards, and consider this a form of scrapbooking. do you?

    You can see one of my moodboards here:

    thanks x

  • Such a great idea… now I can’t wait to get home and work on my scrapbook!

  • I love the felt colors you chose, and this is a such a genius DIY!

  • Such a handy idea, may have to start using this in sketchbooks rather than having to cut and stick everything!

  • Really cute ideas! Especially love the two first versions! 🙂

    Kathleen | ScatteredConfetti

  • How creative guys! I’ve always wondered how I could incorporate all the irregularly sized photos and mementos (tickets, pressed leaves, etc) into my photo albums/scrapbooks. Thank you

  • oo I might try this! I have loads of left over left and I really want to use it because its soft hahah!xxx

  • Love this!! Looks so colorful!

  • Love this!! Looks so colorful!

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