Spent yesterday making some new Family Passport Holders for my Etsy shop. These are great for keeping everyone’s passports together on international trips. I’d sold out of all the large ones I’d originally made (yippee!).
I started with a really great pattern sold by Amber of One Shabby Chick Hawaii, but I’ve given it quite a few mods for sewing ease, mostly. I find installing snaps fiddly , so I’ve switched out snaps for velcro, and instead of a wraparound skinny strap, I prefer a wide short strap. It holds everything just as well, but takes less time to close back up at the airport. This project has a lot of bulk what with all the pockets and interfacing, so I find it much easier to get a nice result by rounding the corners using a thread spool as my template before stitching. It reduces the corner bulk nicely when turned right side out and makes topstitching easier. I also use a heavy interfacing just on the strap and exterior fabric to give the wallet more structure when empty. I don’t want it to feel flimsy when customers pick it up before they’ve added their passports.
I think it took me almost as much time to photograph and list these on Etsy than it did to make them! I’m awful at photo editing and uploading! Putting our passports into each of these in order to photograph them made me nostalgic for our travels as we haven’t used them in over a year. I do wish we could use them more – without an overseas move!
Need a passport wallet for up to 6 family members? Try Amber’s pattern or pick up one ready-made in my shop.