Ok, so maybe the color block trend is so fifteen minutes ago, but I couldn't help myself. When I decided to make my own passport holder it seemed to cry out for a neon something-or-other and I caved so you'll just have to forgive me. Today, I'm going to show you how to make your very own passport holder for all of your world travels.
for supplies you need the following:
1 large piece of scrap leather (mine is from an interior design sample)
Your first step is to measure the width and length of your passport holder. Make sure that the leather is lying face down and place your passport on top as a template for sizing. Using your ruler measure a 1/4" seam allowance around each side of the passport. For the length double the width of your passport and add and an extra inch to the measurement. That extra 1" will serve as your seam allowance and fold line. To create your wrap around strap, measure a 1/4" piece that is the same as your total length plus an additional 2". Cut using your utility knife and a straight edge.
Next you will create your passport pocket and a catch all pocket for the opposite side. For the passport pocket measure the width of your passport and length and add a 14" seam allowance; cut. For the catch all pocket, measure half the width and all of the height of your passport, plus a 1/4" seam allowance; cut.
Next, place your wrap around cord underneath the edge of your passport pocket pin, and pin each pocket into place to begin sewing using a straight stitch. Start by sewing up the passport pocket side first so you can secure the wrap around strap (see image below). You'll then sew along the length of the passport holder to create a uniformed look, sewing the pockets in place on both sides.
You can trim and extra leather with your utility knife or scissors. You are now ready to add the color block design to your passport holder. Using the masking tape- tape off the sections you want to paint, making sure to cover the edges of the opposite side with masking tape to decrease bleeding potential.
You will want to paint a couple of base coats of white over the leather before painting your neon on top. I just used plain acrylic paint for this project, making sure to purchase neon paint from a craft store so the colors would really pop.
To get a good solid neon look I had to paint four coats on top of the white, it was totally worth the extra effort. You can see my finished product below, I was super happy with the results and my ugly glue covered passport shows no more. Now if I could only take the time and money to travel abroad this year, maybe this will be motivation for next year? big kiss, bekuh