Travel and Passport Wallet Pattern

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet.  This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

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.

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Features

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

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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

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Materials needed

  • 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)

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You can buy and download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

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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. 

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.
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.

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

EmmaI 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?

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

Diane – very cute – liked your choice of fabrics – something we all need. 

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

Jemma – I liked the shapes of the curves and that it has lots of pockets.

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

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!!  

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

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. 

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

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?

Sara

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.

Diya

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.  

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

Diane C – it's done in time for my sister's trip to Japan.  I really like how nice it turned out.

Diane c

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44 Responses to Travel and Passport Wallet Pattern

  1. Ginger says:

    I would like to download the pattern but I don’t want to download additional software to do so. Why do you make that a condition? Very disappointed.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Ginger, it’s definitely not a condition to download any software. That pattern has been downloaded over 30k times over the weekend when it was free. Unfortunately, however, the giveaway has ended now.

  2. Rosa Charlesworth says:

    I’ve just downloaded the free pattern. Thank you so much. It’s my grandson’s 21st birthday very soon and I couldn’t think what to do for him. He had his first boy’s only holiday recently so I’m sure there’ll be more so this will come in very handy!

  3. Tricie says:

    Happy 21st Birthday!!!! Sew glad you shared your day with us!! I am going to be looking at making this this week. Thank again and have a blessed day and a whole bunch of fun!!

  4. Nan says:

    The pattern looks awesome, and I can’t wait to make one… or three! I can’t get into my craftsy account, though, and I’m hoping Samantha’s Birthday offer will still be in effect on Monday when I can call them to get some help. Cheers for the pattern, D!

  5. Fiona says:

    so kind thank you so much Happy Birthday to your daughter x

  6. kay says:

    Thank you for the gift… and your always beautiful patterns. Happy birthday to your daughter !!!

  7. Joan M says:

    Happy birthday! Thank you for the lovely pattern.

  8. Jessica Monte says:

    Happy birthday.. Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Cecelia Davenport says:

    What a nice surprise and the perfect gift idea.

  10. Ada says:

    Happy Birthday and Thank you for the free pattern!

  11. Nancy says:

    Thank you! Samantha, I hope you had a great Birthday!

  12. Susan says:

    Thank you so much! You have the best patterns, and great ideas!

  13. Cathleen Britschge says:

    Thank you!

  14. jan says:

    Love it. Happy sweet sixteen, hope she has a good one!!!!!!

  15. Barb says:

    Happy Birthday to your daughter, thanks for the pattern.

  16. Helena says:

    Thank you for sharing this great pattern for free. And a very happy 16th birthday to Samantha

  17. Helena says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely free pattern. And a very happy birthday to Samantha

  18. Lynn Zuk says:

    thank you for your generosity. I’ve been eyeing this pattern on Craftsy- so what a lovely surprise.

  19. caroline says:

    Happy Birthday Samantha.
    This is so nice of you Mayra.

  20. jeada2@gmail.com says:

    Thank you ever so much and congrats to your daughter!

  21. Charlie says:

    Thanks so much for the amazing wallet pattern. It has so many pockets it will surely fit everything I need.

  22. Karen says:

    Congrats to your daughter and thank you very much, it looks fabulous Karen x

  23. Nancy Jordahl (narjo5) says:

    I am leaving for Asia in 3 weeks – this is perfect! I can wait to make it!

  24. Susan Starr says:

    How do we download the free pattern? I don’t see the link. THanks.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Susan, Hi Ellie, thanks for your message. I’m not sure what you’re doing on that end but the pattern has been downloaded several tens of thousands of times over the last day or so so I’m confident all is working well. The pattern is hosted on Craftsy so you need to be able to access that site. From this page, https://so-sew-easy.com/travel-passport-wallet-pattern/, look for the orange box with the orange button. Hope that helps and kind regards, Mayra

  25. Jeanne says:

    Happy Birthday Samantha!

  26. maureen says:

    Thank you very much looking forward making it.

  27. Anne says:

    cant wait to make one. Maybe on a day I allow myself for fun!

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  29. Judy Stewart says:

    I made this for a trip to Germany in September and loved it. Hopefully I’ll get a lot more use out of it. It was nice to having everything in one place – – in fact, I think there are still some Euros in there! :0

  30. Nicky Burke says:

    Thank-you so much for this wonderful treat. I can’t wait to get sewing!

  31. ROBIN, TX says:

    Thank you, both, for this great treat! Hope to have one made before my next cruise.

  32. WheelyBad says:

    Many thanks for our “treat”! I don’t travel much but I know it’ll make a great gift. Thinking of a matching suitcase label and other carry on luggage too. I might still make one for myself to house my book of travel assistance vouchers or for keeping train tickets safe and separate from the mess in my handbag!

  33. Patrick Schutte says:

    Great design. I make rice filled neck warmers and buy lots of 25lb bags of rice to fill them. I used two of the poly rice bags as material and used a velcro strap. Bulletproof and washable. I have pics if you want them.

  34. Cheryl says:

    I love this pattern. Made it as a gift for my daughter and son-in-law for their upcoming vacation. They were thrilled and can’t wait to use it!

  35. Rebecca says:

    Great idea – I usually have my id and boarding passes stuffed into an outer pocket on my carry one bag but this would be better. Then I could just stuff this into the pocket and avoid the panic associated with my id slipping down to the bottom of the pocket and me thinking I’d lost it 🙂

  36. Linda Sutherland says:

    WIll US passports fit?

  37. Kimberly says:

    What a great a pattern! I can’t wait to make one- will make it so much easier going through customs with kids and keeping all our boarding passes together.

  38. Rigoleta says:

    Thanks, Deby! Another great addition to my long, yet exciting to-sew-list 🙂

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