DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

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Travel in style with your own DIY Leather Passport Cover made with the Cricut Maker!

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut
My family and I love traveling, and just got our passports. To keep the passports separated and to add a little more personality, I decided to put my Cricut Maker machine to work to create some custom-designed passport covers out of leather. Passport covers aren't at all required, but they are a convenient way to keep your passport, airline ticket, and a credit card handy as you're running through the airport for your next vacation!

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

First, you'll need to gather the basic supplies for this project:

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut


Lay the sheet of Faux Leather face-down on the mat. If you put it facing up, the backing will leave a bunch of felt residue on your mat and it won't be as sticky. Use the brayer tool to press the leather onto the mat to remove any air bubbles and give the leather a more secure hold. If you don't press it down well, your leather could shift during the cutting process and will ruin your project. No one wants that!

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Open the Passport Covers cut file in Design Space. Click "customize" to make adjustments to colors, or click "Make It" to take you straight to cutting the project. Before you cut the covers, make sure to select "Cricut Faux Leather" in the material settings and mirror the images. The machine has an Adaptive Tool System for professional-level cutting of hundreds of materials.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Once the leather has been cut, carefully remove the three pieces from the mat using your hands or tweezers. Another great trick to remove leather from the mat is to turn the mat face-down, then peel the mat away from the material. This will curl the mat (which is stronger) instead of bending or curling your material.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Line the smaller leather pieces up on both ends of the larger leather piece with wrong sides together. The piece with the slit goes on the left side, and the rectangle goes on the right. Start with the right rectangle piece and topstitch along the top, right, and bottom edges. The left side only needs to be sewn along the left and bottom edge.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

The other designs in the cut file are to customize the front of the passport covers. For the front of this cover, I used Foil Iron-On in Rose Gold.

When cutting your iron-on vinyl, make sure to mirror your images and place the vinyl face-down on the mat. If you don't, your design will be backwards when you put it on your passport cover. Click on each mat thumbnail and click the Mirror toggle to reverse the image on the mat. 

"Weed" the excess vinyl by removing all of the parts that don't belong in the design. I usually start with the outer edges first by peeling away at the corner and working my way around the design. Then I use a weeding tool to remove smaller pieces of the design, like the insides of letters.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Place the vinyl on the front of the passport cover and press it down so that the liner sticks to the cover. Lay the cover on the EasyPress Mat.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Heat up your Cricut EasyPress. Each kind of iron-on vinyl combined with different materials has a different heat and time setting, so be sure to check the recommended EasyPress settings. For example, to apply foil iron-on to faux leather while using the EasyPress Mat, the recommended temperature is 255ยบ for 30 seconds. For the other two covers, I used Glitter Iron-on and Iron-On Lite.

I found out through some experimentation that the faux leather can be a little sensitive to direct heat from the EasyPress. It seems to flatten the texture, can leave lines from the edge of the EasyPress, and the leather ends up with a more shiny finish. To prevent this from happening, I highly recommend using a Iron-On Protective Sheet. You don't need to make any heat or time setting adjustments.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Let the foil iron-on cool before removing the protective liner. Each kind of vinyl has their own instructions on when to remove the protective liner, so again, be sure to check the recommended settings.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Now you can fill the passport cover with all of your important items! Slide the back cover of your passport into the pocket on the right side. You can keep important papers like plane tickets in the left pocket, and you can fit a credit card or ID through the slit.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

Fold the passport cover closed, and press along the fold to get a good crease. You can press it again with the EasyPress if necessary.

DIY Leather Passport Covers with Cricut

I am SO thrilled with how these passport covers turned out, and the leather was a dream to work with. This makes me even more excited for an upcoming family vacation that we've been planning. These passport covers would make a great custom gift idea for the traveler in your life, or would be a fun way to surprise the family with an exotic vacation!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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