How To Make a National Parks Passport Cover
Create your own one-of-a-kind cover to help preserve your family’s memories inside your national parks passport.
The next time you’ve got a trip planned to one of our country’s national parks, don’t forget your official passport. This pocket-sized journal is the place to collect your park stamp cancellations, as well as being a useful reference guide for park information and locations. For many families their national parks passport is a priceless family heirloom, helping them to remember favorite vacations and road trips.
In honor of the national parks’ centennial celebration this summer, a limited-edition passport has been released. If you’ve already ordered your new passport, here’s how to make a protective cover for it.
To keep my passport safe I created a cover out of Kraft-Tex, a highly durable paper that acts like a piece of fabric. Kraft-Tex can serve as a canvas for just about any decorating medium, from running it through your printer to throwing it in the washing machine or simply adding your favorite washi tapes to it. Take a look at how to make this passport cover and then start thinking about how you might personalize and decorate your own. I personalized mine by adding a single line MT washi tape and camping-themed stickers from We Made It by Jennifer Garner.
To get started, cut a piece of Kraft-Tex into a rectangle that’s 7” wide and 11.5” long. Measure 1.5” in from either end and score a folding line on your scoring board.
Fold over the ends you just scored and crease flat with a bone folder to create jacket pockets.
Using Clover Wonder Clips, clip down each flap. (Why not use pins? Pins will leave visible holes in the Kraft-Tex paper.) Sew along the top and bottom of the cover with 5/16 seam.
Place your passport into the cover and note where the spiral bind is center. Mark with a pencil and then score on your scoring board. Crease with your bone folder once again.
Natchez Trace Parkway
Running for 444 miles through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a gorgeous historic parkway that welcomes bicyclists, cars and pedestrians. From its earliest inhabitants in 800 A.D. to the troops who marched it under Andrew Jackson, every milepost tells a story.