We cross the boarder a lot and I was getting tired of packing and unpacking the big passport wallet we have, where we keep our non-Canadian passports and foreign currency. I wanted to be able to just grab our passports and nexus cards, shove it in my purse and go. I wanted a little pocket on front to keep our nexus cards, but I wasn’t worried about the possibility of anything falling out, since it will be in my purse. I’m not an experienced sewer and I was able to make this in about 2 hours (including planning and measuring)!
1. About 1/4 meter of fabric main fabric (even less, this is a great opportunity to use up some scraps).
2. A small amount of contrasting fabric.
3. Matching thread.
All seam allowances are 1/4″, unless otherwise specified.
- Measure your passports. Make sure you measure the thickness and decide how many passports you want to be able to hold. My passports dimensions are 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ and are 1/8″ thick, so you might need to adjust a little. You might want to note that we actually have four passports between us, so we made it a little thicker. I’d err on the side of a too small rather than too large, because the fabric will stretch a little.
- Cut 2 pieces of the main fabric, sized 4 1/2″x 5″. If you would like to store fewer or more passports, you will want to adjust the second dimension (Y, in my case).
- Measure the cards you want to store in the small pocket and add 1″ to the short side and subtract 1/2″ from the long side. For example, my cards are 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, so I cut a piece of fabric 4 1/2″ x 3″. If you’re wondering why we add 1″ instead of 1/2″, it is because we will be top stitching the pocket to the main fabric.
- Fold one of the short edges towards the backside to create a 1/4″ hem. Press with iron and with a long stitch, top stitch the hem (this will form the mouth of the passport wallet). Repeat with the second piece of main fabric and the pocket fabric.
- Create a 1/4″ fold on the three raw sides of the pocket fabric. Press with an iron and trim the corners that will be close.
- Pin the wrong side of the pocket to the right side of the main fabric, making sure the hems are both facing the same way. When doing this, remember the size of the main pocket will change a little once it is sewn together.
- Stitch the pocket onto the main fabric, ensuring the stitched lines are larger than the size of the cards.
- Put the right sides of the main pocket together (make sure the hemmed edges are aligned) and stitch raw edges together. Cut the two raw corners, turn the pocket inside out and iron flat! Done!