Thursday, May 26, 2016

BIG Pocket ..

....for those BIG cell phones!!

I had some requested for how I made the big pocket in my Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet.

When I first designed the Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet, I designed it so that cell phones
up to the size of an iPhone 6 would fit. Who knew everyone would be getting BIGGER phones !! (myself included) Which caused me to have to make a bigger pocket for the wallet. This pocket is the full width of the wallet.
If your cell phone does not fit into this pocket than you should stop calling it a cell phone...its an iPad!!

As requested ..........Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet with a full length pocket!!

These instructions are to be used in combination with the Up, up & away Passport Wallet 2  pattern. 
These instructions are just for the pocket ...not the wallet !!

Due to the thickness of the faux leather this pocket is only a zippered pocket without the extra slip pocket ( as in pattern version 2). If you wish the extra slip pocket, use these measurements but follow the directions in the pattern and only use cottons! Faux leather is to thick for both!

Cut your Exterior, Lining & Passport Pocket pieces as listed in the patterns instructions.

Prepare the pockets for the left side of the wallet as instructed in the pattern.
The only thing I did different is that I used faux leather for the front of one to the pockets ( Pocket piece 1 - lining) . *Do not use faux leather for all of the passport pockets, it will be way to thick to sew !
As you can see from the picture I even cut the fabric for Pocket Piece 2 - Lining & Pocket Unit Backing upside down ..since you are not going to really see them and I didn't have enough fabric to be fussy! LOL

For the new larger will need:


  • 1 - 8 3/4" W x 9 1/2" H - faux leather for exterior of zipper pocket
  • 1 - 7 1/2" W  x 9 1/2" H - lining- cotton
  • 2  - 1" x 1" - zipper tabs - faux leather
  • 1  8-9" - #3 zipper
  • Teflon Foot
  • FabriTac glue or double-stick tape 

*** If using cotton instead of faux leather you may wish it interface the pieces as stated in the pattern.

** If you are using a direction fabric...instead of faux leather .. the 9 1/2" side is the height of the pocket so your design should run up & down.

SA = Seam Allowance
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
RSO = Right Side Out

Lets Sew:

1- Basically you will be preparing the zipper like in the instruction except you don't have to turn the raw edges under with faux leather. Place one of the zipper tabs 1/4" in from the end of your zipper, WS on top of the RS of the zipper ( raw edge of faux leather showing) Glue or double-stick tape in place.

....Topstitch in place.
2. Place the second zipper tab on the other end of the zipper...making sure the total length ( end of tab to end of tab) is 9 1/2" long. Topstitch in place.
3. Trim off the extra zipper so it is only 1/4" from the stitched edges. This reduces bulk in your tabs.

4. Lay the WS of the Zipper on the RS of the Lining fabric ( along the 9 1/2" edge). 
    Baste zipper in place.

 5. Press the Lining away from the zipper teeth down towards lining piece.
6. Lay the long side (9 1/2")  WS of faux leather on top of RS of zipper, gluing or double-stick tape it in place. (your lining piece will be shorter than you exterior not panic..this is correct!
The back side will look like this 

.....Topstitch along the edge.

7. Take the other end of Pocket lining piece RS, bring it up the WS of zipper, creating a tube.
    Baste in place.
 ...... the back should look like this.
8. Working from the RS of the faux leather ...bring the bottom edge of the faux leather up to the zipper edge that you had just basted in the previous step. RST. Once again you are creating a tube.
.....Stitch with a 1/4" SA. you will have 2 tube like pockets. The lining one will be shorter!  This is correct !
9. Press the seam towards the faux leather side. Turn RSO.
10. Fold /roll the faux leather down around the zipper SA...creating an edge/lip. Use a few clips to  hold it in place.
11. Topstitch along the folded edge.
***your pocket lining will be shorter than the exterior fabric inside of the pocket...this is correct ! 
12. Following the patterns instructions...Lay your new pocket on the lining as stated in the pattern. Clip in place.

13. Stitch along the long folded edge of your pocket attaching it to the lining piece. Baste the short edges to the lining.
Viola your interior is complete!!
...continue as stated in the pattern.

**Tip...when I lay my Exterior & Lining pieces together. I make small stitching guidelines with a Frixion pen, so that I know exactly where to stop with my needle to make a nice sharp corner.

14. Once you have sewing the Exterior & Lining pieces RST and have turned it RSO is going to look awful like this! Don't panic!! Give it a press using a pressing cloth.
15. Close the turning opening with some FabriTac glue or double-stick tape. 
Topstitch from the faux leather side, using your teflon foot & lengthening your stitch length!

Your Passport wallet is done!! Time to book that vacation now!!

These also make great Father's Day Gifts!!!

Happy Sewing !


  1. thank you Liz I was waiting patiently many hugs across the ocean

  2. Hi Liz,
    this wallet is great! Thank you for the wonderful DIY instructions.
    Happy weekend,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

  3. Hallo Liz,
    ein tolles Reiseetui hast du genäht.
    Danke für die fantastische Anleitung.



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