Going away somewhere exotic or far-afield? Or maybe you just need somewhere to keep your passports and travel documents safe between trips so you’ll always know where to lay your hands on them.
The Pattern of the Month for March is the essential family travel and passport wallet pattern. It can hold travel documents for a family and speed you through check in and security without having to rummage through bags to find everything.
This handy travel and passport wallet pattern has:
- Two short pockets for ID cards, credit card etc
- Two medium pockets for your passports
- Two larger pockets for boarding passes or e-tickets
- Two large pockets behind for other documents or extra passports
- An elastic pen holder
- Optional clip to hold locker or luggage keys
- Sturdy design
- Loop and button closure
- Finished size approx – 9.5 inches tall, by 5.5 inches wide, by 0.75 inches deep
It's also nice and easy to sew. The only tricky part where you need to be quite neat, is sewing the binding around the outside. Check out these earlier articles on binding and practice a little before hand if you need to.
How to make continuous bias binding
Continuous bias tape calculator
How to sew neat binding corners
- Fabric – quilting weight cotton
- Interfacing of your choice
- Fusible fleece
- Ultra-firm interfacing such as Peltex or a stiff cardboard/plastic canvas
- Matching thread
- Button and hair elastic
- Optional – swivel clasp (I used this one HERE)
Let's see what the Pattern Testing Team made
Theresa at the DIY Page – From the moment I saw the pattern I knew I wanted to sew it. Many of my friends are snowbirds and it would make a great gift for them. I did the button differently, since hair tie elastics are not something I have on hand. From my husband's travel wallet, I made a belt strap instead to go with the luggage theme of the fabric.
Louise – I liked it. I may use it more for coupons and fabric swatches rather than passports, etc, since I had just ordered one that is rfid protected. Loved use of different colors, and colored hair elastics for the closure.
Emma – I thought it was a great design and will be a useful item for travelling – in fact I am off on holiday this Saturday and will be taking it with me! I stabilised one side of each pocket piece and used fusible fleece for the front/back cover sections. I first of all cut two pieces of mount board – but thought it would be too stiff. An idea for an addition – possibly a plastic clear patch pocket on the front for a name or ID to be slipped in?
Diane – very cute – liked your choice of fabrics – something we all need.
Jemma – I liked the shapes of the curves and that it has lots of pockets.
Linda – When I first saw the pattern, I was thinking what I great idea. I've seen a lot of wallet pattern on the net but I had never seen a pattern for a travel wallet and for having traveled with my family this would of been so handy to have. None of those documents fits into a standard wallet and they are so precious so to have them all in one place is great. One place to check before leaving home that you have everything you need. I love all the pockets so it can contain so many documents but easy to find them. The pen holder and the key holder adds to the wallet making it more complete. Great pattern and could make wonderful gifts. Great also for using those pieces of fabric that are left over from other projects!!
Sarah – I wasn't sure what to expect. I do not travel by any means other than by car. Despite living directly on the border with Canada I don't have a passport either. We use enhanced driver licenses. I had no preconceived ideas about the project when I began. This is a very quick and easy project that sews up nicely. I selected intermediate skill level because it is necessary to have experience with using binding.
Sara from Made by Sara – It is a great wallet! It has all the important pockets to carry all travelling documents. I love everything about it! I love all the details like the swivel clip and the pen holder. You have thought of everything! I made my front pockets out of clear vinyl so the cards could be seen without taking them out.
I was hesitating on rating this pattern as a Beginner or Intermediate because of the bias binding, but I could see myself doing it when I was a beginner… I would say any beginner who is a bit more adventurous, confident, would manage to make this pattern. Maybe you could rate it as a Confident Beginner?
Diya from the Hobby Harbor – super useful. That describes it best. It was a breeze to sew it up. I added a light cardboard to the curved pockets as well for stiffness.
Robin from The Pattern Tester – I really like the travel wallet, and find that it will be a useful pattern for most people. I would rate it an intermediate pattern because the binding can be a little tricky if you're not use to it, and also sewing around the curved pockets. I don't care for the elastic pen holder. I'm not sure if it will work if you use a larger pen, and then switch to a smaller sized pen, due to some stretching. I prefer to make a pocket for the pen, but may just omit it altogether because I'm afraid of a pen leaking on my passport.
Diane C – it's done in time for my sister's trip to Japan. I really like how nice it turned out.
Thank you for the free travel wallet pattern. This will make a nice gift for my grandson when he travels abroad following high school graduation.
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Thank you so much for the free instructions. I have your wallet patterns from Craftsy ( a long time ago!).
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Thank you for this great pattern. Very kind + generous of you to share it with us.
I’m really looking forward to making this pattern, one for my passport and one for my insurance card and registration information for my car!
My son and I had wonderful passport wallets when we went to Norway in 1994! Similar to these but definitely not as refined! My son and his family are going to the US in October and this will be a great help to them. When they went last time they tried to use a fabric zippered pouch but everything got all mixed up together they said! So I shall be starting this as soon as I get my sewing machine set up — I moved 3 weeks ago and there has been so much to organize before I could get to what I really enjoy doing 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful gift. I hope your transition goes smoothly, any change for a small business can/often is fraught with unexpected “issues”. Praying that all will go well for you.
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I found this pattern complicated, only one pattern piece for the multiple materials that need to be cut out. A big disappointment.
Thank you for the freebie consolation prize. I am not sure when I will need a passport holder, but now I have a pattern to make one. Super cute too!
Thank you for offering this free pattern.
I am looking forward to making it up in some travel fabric and use cork for the outside of wallet.
Thank you. I am going to give this a try when I can get my sewing machine fixed.
this is wonderful! thank you for your generosity! have a relaxing summer 🙂
I would make one change to this and that is to use a zip all round to close. I would be afraid of anything falling out. I have done a purse that is similar and made all the slots face inwards for the same reason.
I love it:-)
The colors and designs are so freindly.
I have made one of these a while ago, but I added sew in magnets and a flap, cause I didn’t want to use a regualr button.
Oh my gosh!! Magnets!! Thats such a good idea!!
About the only thing that could improve on this wallet is to add a RFID shield to prevent information from your passport chip and cards stored inside being stolen
Crystal, why not make one layer (perhaps an “interfacing” layer) out of RFID fabric? That should solve the problem!
Can you do the Family travel wallet outside with seatbelt material .? Have lots of pieces left over from making seatbelt purses . It would stay clean and durable if it’s the outside of wallet . Thanks Nancy
Yes I believe so.
I’ve fallen in love with this pattern. I’ve made about 5 so far. In South Africa we don’t get peltex and I don’t want to use cardboard. I wanted something that I could sew through to attach the binding. I finally found that a thin lightweight piece of carpet works well!
Wish I had had this for my last cruise, and will definitely be taking with me when I travel from now on, its perfect for getting thru customs at the cruise port. Last time I didn’t have a pen on me and needed one to sign a document (the port personnel were reluctant but did finally allow me to use theirs:} ). Now I’ll always have one handy….
Absolutely love this pattern. I made 26 of these passport holders for gifts. I disney themed the lot of them and my grandsons will give them out on their 10th birthday while we are on a cruise.
Holy cow! That’s fantastic. Glad you liked the pattern. Thanks so much for sharing your work.