If you follow me on Instagram (@florineleatherandstyle) you might have seen my Instagram story last weekend. I’m feeling the SUMMER VIBES! Don’t forget to follow me if you do like those sneak peeks every once in a while! Are you curious what I made? Well, just as I describe in my last post about travel essentials it is important to think and choose the perfect travel bag and essentials. Not only because you can’t take them all with you but also for your own protection. Everyone knows, where there are tourists there are pickpockets… Well, with those extra days off, I had some time to make a new DIY and fool those thieves! Because we are gonna make a leather PASSPORT COVER!
This DIY is actually just like the crocodile embossed notebook cover but just a few sizes smaller, it’s here if you have missed it. And of course, you can make it in any sunny colour you like!
What to you need:
- Piece of leather (in summer colours!!) of about 20 x 14 cm + two pieces of 2 x 14 cm
- Waxed thread (or thread and beeswax to wax it yourself)
- Two leather needles
- Stanley Knife
- Cutting mat
- Pricking iron
- Leather glue
- Edge paint in matching or contrasting colour
Step 1 – Measure and cut
In the first step, it is important to measure the size you need for your passport cover. Believe me, you want to make a mall since everyone will love it. Measure the size if you have it closed since spine of the passport will increase the surface measurements. Once you have traced it, it is time to cut it.
Step 2 – Glue and punch
I like rounded edges so either before or after glueing the pieces togeather you can round the edges. I used the spool of the thread but of course, you can use anything round like coins, or a circular ruler.
Glue the flaps, in which you will insert the ‘real’ passport cover, into place. I have used a margin of 3mm for the stitching line. This is dependent on your personal preferences but don’t punch the holes to close to the edge. It might tear since leather is eventually loose fibres.
Step 3 – Sew and finish
The last step already is to sew it all. You can also sew the hole edge for a decorative stitch. Optionally, if you want to make your work look really neat and finished you might want to add some edge paint on the edges or burnish it if you have got the right type of leather. In my case…I am still looking for the perfect matching (or contrasting) colour of edge paint. Maybe I will mix my own in the end.
For now, you can make an awesome leather passport cover. And I have a surprise……. I will be making some extra. So if you aren’t so creative but do like a real leather original ‘Florine’ passport cover… keep an eye on my Instagram account! I will offer one as a free-give-away and the rest can be found in my ‘really soon opening’ temporary pop-up Facebook shop! WHOOP WHOOP!