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.

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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.

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