Passport Holder – custom made

04 Sep



This is a very special pass holder order from Canada.  I don’t recall stitching so many layers of leather together. fingers survived !


A lot of thought has been given into designing this passport holder.  The starting criteria request was – triple folded A4 ticket and hotel info, passport, and some travel cards.

There were 2 principles of passport holder design to choose from

  1. passport and travel documents and travel related cards grouped together, and others like currencies, hotel, car rental, vaccination in one group
  2. passport and travel documents together on the left part, and for the right side – cards, misc, currencies

Initial sketches



The cover is made with full grain leather of 2 mm thickness, and matching inner leather color of 1.1mm thickness.






So, on the left side, we have 3 flaps – passport, boarding pass, hotel reservations.  On the right side, we have 7 card slots, one pocket for misc (exactly 1/3 of the length) and 2 pockets behind for currencies and whatever.

The most indecisive part of the design was the pen holder.  We mauled over this for quite some time.  I didn’t want to attach a pen holder strap to either the left side or the right.  Plus, I was a bit worried if the pen is too fat or too thin, or it will wear out the holder after some uses.  I found a wonderful solution from internet. And it’s great. Kudos to the original designer for such smart idea.


Kurt passport holderIMG_1930[1]


Front cover is cut from the shoulder back (cow butt to be precise).  The insides and the cover were stitched together with one single long thread that is close to 4.5 meter !

The buckle was a special suggestion from Kurt.  Notice, the knot – it’s shaved 45 degree angle off – like the flaps inside.  Love this buckle concept.  At first, it seems like you need to pull from both sides. Simplicity is to pull the leather buckle long enough, and the passport holder will open up.

The result, a super durable passport holder. Probably could be used for self defense.  I do wish this could last 100 years …



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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Leather Story


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