So there is a reason, other than the pouches being fun to make, as to why I felt the need to make Passport pouches.
About three years ago, while in Florida visiting Hollywood Disney, we were caught in a torrential downpour. If you have been to Florida, you may have experienced this type of rain where it comes down so suddenly and so much of it you can’t see two feet in front you. Caught of guard, we were wearing typical summer vacation clothing so needless to say, we were all drenched. At the time, I was wearing a cross body bag made of what I thought to be a very durable nylon, water resistant fabric and of course, all our important things like plane tickets and PASSPORTS were in the bag.
So that was three years ago and I have never given it a second thought until recently when we attempted to renew our expired passports.
We completed the Simplified Renewal documents and triple checked all before sending them off to be renewed.
About two weeks later, one of the passports is returned to us. There was a note advising that due to ‘water damage’ we would have to re-do the renewal application. I didn’t understand why because the only water damage I had seen was a wee bit in the back of one of the passports. The damage wasn’t even in the area where the ‘important’ information is located but in the very back of the little book on what I thought was an insignificant page. Honestly, the water mark couldn’t have been bigger than 10mm x 10mm in the very back page and back cover!
So now not only is any prospect of going anywhere across the border during spring break out of the question and impossible, but we now have to complete the application forms as though we were first time applicants! We no longer qualified for the ‘Simplified Renewal Application’. We had to complete the full application, have new passport photos taken and three pieces of identification had to be copied front and back and signed by the guarantor.
Even though I was in the middle of a different project, I vowed to never have this happen to us again and began to create water-resistant pouches to keep the new passports in.
I found a material called ‘Slicker’ Iron-On Vinyl made by Lazy Girl Designs and started creating a water-resistant pouch which would accommodate more than one passport. Most of the passport holders I had seen to date would only hold one passport but when you are travelling as a family, you generally have a few passports to carry so it was important that whatever I created would be able to hold four or more passports.
Yes, I could have used oil cloth or indoor/outdoor fabrics but what appealed to me about the Slicker is that you could apply this film on any of your favourite fabrics and have the same effect as a vinyl, laminated fabric.
If you sew and want to make them yourself, the pattern I created for the pouches measures 7.5″ wide and 5″ high and I used a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you don’t sew or don’t feel like making one yourself, I created a whole bunch of different patterns which are available for purchase in my Etsy boutique!
I am not sure which one I am keeping for myself yet but what I do know is that these were fun to create and have a purpose! I can’t guarantee other forms of damage to our passports but can bet that they won’t ever get ‘water damaged’ again so if I feel like dancing in the rain again, well, I can!
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