The wedding countdown continues! Today, it’s not so much of a wedding craft per-se, but a honeymoon craft. I just got my first ever, brand new, shiny passport. I know it’ll accompany me on many fun journeys with my new hubby, and I wanted to protect its blemish-free cover. So I designed this little tutorial to help you sew a passport cover (with a pocket– because all things need pockets!)
All you’ll need is some scraps of fabric, a sewing machine and less than a half hour of your time.
Cut a rectangle of your outside fabric (mine is blue with little anchors) 10 inches by 6 inches, and then cut a rectangle of your lining fabric (white cotton in my case) the same size. If you want a pocket, cut two rectangles of either fabric (I went with my lining fabric) 4 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Press all of your fabric to remove any wrinkles or creases.
Place the fabrics right sides together and use a 1/4 inch seam allowance to sew around 3 sides and part of the fourth for both rectangles (I’m better at showing than explaining, so you can see in the pictures below how I started along the bottom edge, sewed around three sides, and then went a little bit on the bottom edge again. Clip your corners so you can turn it inside out easily.
Turn both pieces inside out and press flat.
Using a needle and coordinating thread, sew up the opening using a whip stitch (or whatever blind stitch you are good at) on both the cover and the pocket.
Lay your cover flat, right side up, and place the pocket on the left side of the fabric, about an 1 1/4 inches in from the left side. Pin into place and sew around the left side, bottom and right side (leaving the top open).
Turn the cover upside down, and fold in about 1 inch on each side. (You might want to lay your passport on the fabric to measure. If you didn’t use a 1/4 inch seam allowance, or other differences in sewing may make this measurement different– always double check to be sure!)
Now, you can either use your sewing machine to sew along the very very edge of these flaps (at the top and bottom) or hand sew them using a whip stitch again. I picked hand-sewing to make for a more polished finish.
Slide your passport into its new cover and marvel in your handy-ness (and dream of exotic vacations to come!)