I just recently saw a very inspiring movie about travel and it ignited a spark – I need to take more vacations! I pulled my passport out and realized it’s time for a renewal to prepare for some new adventures. I also realized that I didn’t have a passport cover. Given that I want to start traveling again (it’s been awhile), I decided to create my own DIY passport holder using some of my favorite and most inspiring traveling images. I knew that it would be easy to make a DIY passport holder, but I didn’t realize how easy. This version is no sew. The hardest part was choosing the photographs! Here’s how I did it.
DIY Passport Holder
Gather These Supplies
- Photos of your choice – if you use your Instagram photos, you need about 12 – 16 for a cover similar to mine
- Cotton fabric in an off-white, ¼” yard – you’ll also need a small 5” x 5” square of a second color (any color) for the two
- inside panels to hold in the passport
- Wonder Under iron on fusible web
- Aleene’s no-sew glue
- Martha Stewart oilcloth finish or Mod Podge Hard Coat
- Ruler and craft knife
- Your passport
- Iron and ironing board
A passport is approximately 4 inches wide x 5 inches tall (it’s actually a little smaller). Cut a piece of the light fabric approximately 12 inches wide x 7 inches tall so that you have some excess to play with. Iron on the Wonder Under following the package instructions carefully. Repeat with the Wonder Under and the contrasting color fabric.
Trim the light fabric to an 8 ½” x 11” sheet using scissors. Set all of the fabric aside.
Open a word processing program and set the paper to a horizontal orientation. Start adding images to your layout. I added 20 Instagram images in 2” x 2” squares. Then I quickly realized that I didn’t need that many! 12 images in a 3 x 4 grid, with all photos as 2” x 2” squares, is perfect.
Remove all paper from the printer tray and put your light fabric face down in the tray. Print your photos onto the fabric, and do NOT remove the backing.
Use the ruler and craft knife to trim your cover down to the appropriate size.
Tip: Cut with the photo side facing up so that you can see exactly where you are cutting.
Now you need to put the side panels into the interior of the cover. This is what holds the passport in place. I used a small rectangle of mint fabric as you can see above. You don’t need to run this through the printer; just leave the Wonder Under ironed on with the backer.
To finish your passport case and preserve the outside, paint with two layers of the Martha Stewart Oilcloth finish or Mod Podge Hard Coat. Let dry.
What do you think – are you ready to try and make your own passport cover?