So, once upon a time I was born in Peru. Yep, it’s true! And then years down the road they pretty much made my life impossible for 3 months. Let me tell you how.
So my husband’s family planned this amazing family reunion for the siblings in Turks and Caicos. Plane tickets were purchased, resort was booked, passports were renewed. It was a glorious and exciting time. Except when the Peruvian Embassy called me to tell me they couldn’t issue me a passport because the name on my ID was different than the name on my passport. Let me rant a little bit. I went to the embassy with every bit of paper I could think of. I specifically asked them if my names needed to match. They said, “Oh no, it’s the same. It’ll be easier this way.” I knew my passport was in my married name because I renewed it when I got married. My Peruvian ID was still in my maiden name because it hadn’t expired yet. Now I had to renew both and they told me that I could just leave my ID the way it was. This was clear back in January. They called me in February. I was freaking out. In order to renew my passport I’d have to first renew my ID and that would take months I did not have! I pretty much just cried. And called my mom because moms solve everything. You guys this whole mess gets complicated. Like I want to crawl in a hole and never think about Turks and Caicos again. I found someone in the CT Peruvian Consulate who would help me because I had registered my marriage there and they knew the situation. I thought I was in the clear- Turks here I come. But no, they told me I needed to send them my old passport, you know the one the UT consulate took. So I tried to locate it and pretty much got yelled at in Spanish, where I am pretty much defenseless, by a power hungry employee. Apparently I couldn’t have it. What the heck- what did they need it for?? They told me they couldn’t renew it so why couldn’t they give it back? Jerkface. So, again I cried and called my mom. And then the CT consulate. They told me just to wait it out and see what the Peruvian Embassy in Peru had to say. This was the end of March. And then I had some crazy fears like I was going to be thrown in jail for applying for a passport in a different location. And how upset my family would be that I just wasted my trip. And how my husband said he didn’t want to go without me because we are a family and should go together. Thank you to Peru for finally releasing my passport and thank you CT for sending me the new one. Last week. 2 weeks before my big trip. You really know how to keep a girl on her toes.
-Become a US Citizen because dealing with foreign governments is the pits.
-Stop procrastinating and apply to become a US Citizen like 5 years ago (which is what I should have done but we couldn’t just shell out $700 for it!)
– Should I repeat it again? Or maybe apply to renew your passport a year in advance because I think they like to make you squirm.
Well as you can tell, this story has a happy ending. And now I am prepping for my long anticipated trip to Turks. As a celebration of my victory I now have good reason to have one! Besides covering up where it came from- JUST KIDDING guys. I love Peru but seriously, I think they need to step it up and get trained people in their consuls. But, I digress. Let’s make a passport holder that is almost no sew! It could be fully no sew if you don’t sew a button but just glue one one.
1/8+ yd Suede, leather or non-fray fabric (I used 5.5″ x 11.5″ but I needed a bit more wiggle room)
No-Sew fabric Glue
Sewing Needle, Thread or Hot Glue
Gold Acrylic Paint
Monogram Template using Cricut Explore (optional)
What To Do:
Use your passport as a template and add 2 inches to the left side of the cover. Mine measures 5.5″ x 11.5″ but I would go 1/4-1/2 larger to give it more room. I just didn’t have enough fabric.
Use pinking shears to cut around the template. I guess you could just use regular fabric scissors because suede doesn’t fray.
Using the no sew glue (my fave!) glue down the left side about 2 inches in to make that insert for the cover to go in.
Measure where you want the button to go on the front cover and mark it.
Fold the long flap over and mark where the slit should do (to go over the button).
Sew or glue the button. I sewed it because I wanted more reinforcement.
This part is optional but I love monogram so I did this:
I am using the monogram template I designed and cut out with the Explore. (Isn’t that amazing?!? I can cut out my own designs and drawings!) I’m actually using it for another project so I threw away the inverse. Ugh, I always save everything but of course, the one time I actually need it! So if you have the inverse then it will work like a stencil. Just tape it on the center of where the back cover is and paint on the stencil. For me, I traced it and then painted following the lines I had drawn with a fine paint brush. It’s an extra step but it works.
If you aren’t a DIY-er but are just looking for some cute passport holders, here are some I am loving!