Skill: 1/5
Time to Make: 1-2 hrs
Finished Size (closed): 4" x 5 1/4" x 1/2" (10 x 13 x 1.2 cm)
Fabric Requirements:
Other Tools & Supplies: 
- Coordinating Elastic
 - 8” x 6” of lightweight cardboard/heavy cardstock
- sewing machine & thread 
- needle & coordinating embroidery floss
- Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning.
 - Unless otherwise indicated, sew all seams with a 1/4” seam allowance
1. Cut (2) 3-5/8” x 5” rectangles from your cardstock. 
2. Cut (1) 15” wide x 5-3/4” tall rectangle and (1) 7-1/2” wide x 5-1/2” tall rectangle from your Shell fabric. 
3. Cut (1) 15” wide x 5-3/4” tall rectangle from your Lining fabric
1. Press & sew a 1/4” rolled hem on the right-hand edge of the longer Shell rectangle. 
2. Baste the Shell rectangles together with an 1/8” seam as shown, with the longer rectangle on top and both fabrics’ Right Sides facing up. The shorter rectangle’s left-hand edge is staggered 7-1/2” from the longer rectangle’s left-hand edge. 
The finished Shell unit should be 15” wide. 
3. Cut your hair elastic to make (1) 5-1/2” - 6” elastic chord. Position the top & bottom of this piece against the top & bottom edges of the Shell, 
4” from the left-hand edge, so that it is very slightly stretched when the fabric is laid flat. Baste the elastic in place with an 1/8” seam, and trim any excess.
4. Sew the Shell unit to the Lining rectangle, Right Sides together, along the top & bottom edges. Press the seams open and turn the unit Right Side out.
5. Fold the unit in half widthwise & press to mark the center of the passport cover; unfold. 
6. Topstitch a vertical seam on either side of the center fold line, 1/8” from the fold. fold 
7. Carefully slide your pieces of cardboard into the tube of fabric, inserting one from each end, so that they are snug against the center seams. 
8. Tuck in & topstitch the ends of the unit closed. 
9. Fold the ends of the unit toward the center, using the outer edges of the cardboard pieces as your fold lines. Edge-stitch in place by hand. You may want to use whipstitch or ladder stitch in regular thread, or add a subtle decorative element with a simple basket stitch in coordinating embroidery floss.