Thursday, December 16, 2010

how-to -passport case-

okay, finally I am getting the how-to together!  
hope you like it and try making it.
it's a perfect gift for your world traveling friend, and easy enough to make it as a last minute gift :)
I apologize beforehand for the quality of the photos...
the day I was working on it was really dark, typical raining portland weather,
and the lighting of the room I was in wasn't the best...
I photoshopped them, but still not the best...  soryyyyy :(

anyhow, here it goes!

 *material list*
1. 10 3/4" x 23 1/4"
2. 10 3/4" x 11 1/4"
3. 10 3/4" x 5 1/4" [x2]
4. 9" x 6"
(draw a curve in 1.5" x 1.5" on the upper right corner)
5. 5 1/4"(left side) x 6"(bottom) x 8 1/2"(right side)
6. 3 1/4" x 6 [x2]
7. 1 5/8" x 8"
bias tape
thin infusible interface that is slightly smaller than   piece2 & piece4
                                                                                    *sewing allowance 1/2"

use iron-infusible interface and put piece1 and piece2 together.

I sewed the edges of piece1 here, but DO NOT sew them right at this step.  

infuse piece3 onto piece1, right beside piece2.

now, including the interface edge double fold the side edges of piece1, and sew them.

fold the upper edges of piece5&6 twice, and sew.
fold the bottom edge of upper piece6 and pin onto piece5.  sew the lower piece6 on piece5.  you don't need to fold the bottom edge of this lower piece because it will be covered with bias tape and won't show in the end.
infuse the thinner interface onto the back of piece4.

this step is a prep in order to sew a nice curved line.  
just like when you gather, sew the curved edge with wider stitch, and do this twice. 
pull the bottom(bobbin) threads and gather.
try to make a nice smooth curve.
iron, double-fold, then iron again. 
(if you'd like a more detailed version, visit here at Burdastyle)
sew the entire curved edge.
I did double stitch, but it's not necessary. 
just for the looks. 

now, all the pockets are done, this is how it looks all the parts laying together.
piece1 is folded to the center, piece4 is on the left, and piece5&6 are on the right.

the picture shows the body is folded, but it is not when working.  lay the piece flat/unfolded, when following the next few steps.
fold the inner side edge of piece5&6 pocket once and sew it onto the body.
sew the side and bottom seam of piece4 and body together, as well. 

 sew piece7 into a tube, and make a strap.
turn inside out and sew velcro on it as well as onto the body.
sew the strap onto the right side of the body.  make sure it lines with the other side of velcro.

sorry, no photo for this step...
I made my own bias tape using a bias-tape-maker(tutorial on Burdastyle), but obviously you don't need to!
but basically all you have left to do is bind the entire body+pockets with bias tape!
the following youtube videos are helpful : no swearing bias tape method
                                                              how to sew binding with mitered corners

tadaaaaa!  all done and well done!!

*please let me know, if anything is unclear to you, or if you have a further question!!


AGRB said...

Hi! I absolutely love this post, I'm gonna do one passport case for my grandma because she travels a lot and then I'll let you know how it goes. And thank you for sharing this amazing project!

LakshmiRP said...

Happy New Year. I am glad to have found this post, as i was planning to make a passport cover for as well, i will have to change the sizing according to our passport dimensions, but the overall idea i got from this project of yours would really be handy. Thanks

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Anonymous said...

I am a ver begginer at this and I was just wondering if someone would PLEASE explain the certain sizes of each material I need, I dont understand these

material list*
1. 10 3/4" x 23 1/4"?
2. 10 3/4" x 11 1/4"?
3. 10 3/4" x 5 1/4" [x2]?
4. 9" x 6"
(draw a curve in 1.5" x 1.5" on the upper right corner)
5. 5 1/4"(left side) x 6"(bottom) x 8 1/2"(right side)
6. 3 1/4" x 6 [x2]
7. 1 5/8" x 8"
bias tape
thin infusible interface that is slightly smaller than piece2 & piece4

::HARUNA:: said...

if you click on the picture on the left, you can see a bigger one and it's easier to see the numbers that correspond to the material list numbers.

here goes the typed one;
1. outer body
2. inner body(lining)
3. thicker interface that goes on the outer body(1).
4. left side pocket
5. right side pocket
6. smaller pockets that goes on the right side pocket(5)

hope I answered you correctly, and also hope this helps...
if you have more question, please don't hesitate to ask here or send me an e-mail :)!

Anonymous said...


EmilyD said...

This so cute, I can't wait to make one, or two! Where did you find that super cute fabric? I can't find anything I like nearly as much as the pigs and squirrels!

Anonymous said...

this is an amazing thing to give anybody as a gift,actually iwas finding something creative to make and gift it to my best friend,this is just perfectly perfect and i'll try this one out and i'm sure she's really going to luv it.

Fit & Polished said...

I was wondering if those two horizontal striped pieces were big enough to fit ID's or credit cards in? I really want something all-in-one and I can't quite tell from the picture!


MeliClo said...

Love this! I made a couple little changes but I used your tutorial to make my own! I posted it on my FB page: Made by Meli Clo) Thank youuuu!!

William said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi, thank you for this nice pattern!
is the material list in cm?