September 15, 2011

Bon Voyage! DIY Passport Case

Passport holders were something I've never used with the exception of the skin-colored security pouch we all wore under our jeans on the high school Europe trip. Sweaty, and oh-so-awkward when you had to reach in and dig around your pants for your debit card.

Now, I just stash my passport in a zippered inner pocket. (Please don't pick-pocket me). Unprotected, it got a little beat up during my last adventure in China. The solution? A leather passport holder. There's not pattern because I decided to wing it and come up with my own design. The camera battery died during its construction (and I was watching Ghost Hunters home alone and was too scared to go into the basement get my other battery pack), so unfortunately I don't have any step-by-step shots, but will share the how-to!

Tools and materials:
Leather cut to 5 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches
Leather punch
Heavy string
Large needle (embroidery, for example)

I began by folding the short ends over 1 1/2 inches to create the pockets for the passport cover. I marked the spots where to poke the holes, more or less evenly spaced.  To line up the pocket's holes, I punched one layer, folded it over again, and marked where to put the other holes.

Once the long edges of the leather piece were punched, I folded the pockets over and used the heavy string and needle to make a simple stitch around the edges.

To hold the cord for tying the case closed, I punched two holes in the center on either side of where the passport's spine would lay, and simply laced the cord through.

Happy trails!

1 comment:

  1. That passport case looks pretty cool. Using a leather will make it more durable. Very creative.


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