Passport cover tutorial

I worked until 3am last night making this passport cover to enter the Scrap Buster Contest over at Sew, Mama Sew! *v*/

This passport cover is not like the normal journal or paperback cover, it’s more like a passport carry case and you can fit two passports in it. It also has slots for things like driver licence, mileage cards… etc. I think it would be very useful for traveling 😀

Anyone who sew would have a lot of scraps, big pieces, small pieces, thin or fat… Hopefully, this tutorial will help to to turn those scraps into something useful^_^ Enjoy!!


  • Piece A: Cover fabric I (8″ x 6″)
  • Piece B: Cover II (1.25″ x 6″)
  • Piece C: Pocket I (8.75″ x 10″)
  • Piece D: Lining (8.75″ x 6″)
  • Piece E: Pocket II (8.75″ x 5.5″)
  • Piece F: Interfacing I (8.25″ x 4.75″)
  • Piece G: Interfacing II (8.25″ x 5.5″)
  • Piece H: Interfacing III (8.25″ x 2.5″)

Other materials:

  • Item I: Cotton tag (optional)
  • Item J: Elastic (I used a broken hair band:p)
  • Item K: Button


Seam allowance: 0.25″

Step 1:

Iron the interfacing onto the inner fabrics as shown in the diagram above. Fold both pocket fabrics in half and iron.

Step 2:

Stitch the cotton tag (Item I) onto pocket II (Piece E) where an X is marked in the diagram. (This step is optional, I just love my hand carved stamp tags – and this one has my initial on it!!)

Attach tag

Step 3:

Pin and stitch the two cover pieces together (Piece A & B) right side together.

Pin cover fabrics together

Press seam open. Now you should have a piece of fabric measuring 8.75″ x 6″ (now refer to as Piece A+B).

Press seam open

Top stitch on both side of seam.

Top stitch cover

Step 4

Top stitch the folded edges of both pocket fabrics (Piece C & E) as shown by the red line in the diagram.

Top stitch pockets

Step 5

Stack the layers in the order shown as shown in the photo below. Note the following:

  • Lining (Piece D) is right side up.
  • Cover (Piece A+B) is wrong side up.
  • Pockets (Piece C & E) are arranged so that the fraying edges are towards the bottom.
  • Make sure the bottom edges of piece C, D and E are aligned, shown by the green line in the photo.

Order layers

Step 6

Pin layers together and stitch the edge shown by the green line.
Pin layers

Step 7

Remove pins and open up cover (Piece A+B), sew button (Item K) on the right side of cover. We stitched before sewing the button so that the button won’t get in the way of sewing:D
Sew button on

Step 8

Stitch around leaving a 3″ gap to turn the right side out. Don’t forget to pin the elastic (Item J) in place (shown in blue in the photo below) before stitching, the elastic would go between the cover and the rest of the layers.
Stitch around

Step 9

Turn right side out, use ladder stitch to close the gap.

Step 10

Carefully press the cover and draw a line marking the center of the passport cover.
Mark centre

Step 11

Finally, stitch over the marked line and you are DONE!!!^0^
Your passport cover is done!

Passport cover front

Side view

Please let me know if the instructions weren’t clear enough!

If you make one, I’d love to see it ^_^
I hope you like this tutorial!!

Thank you for reading!!

:: FAQ ::

What type of interfacing didyou use?
The interfacing i used in this project is a fusible wadding (a.k.a. pellon).

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