I need to keep much better track of the mileage I drive for business – I always plan to write it down when I get into the house. But I’m pretty sure I miss some impromptu trips that are not on my calendar. So I need something in the car. I can set the trip meter, but if I don’t write it down…. And I plan some international travel later this year, and remain optimistic that it will actually happen! With the Field Notes & Passport Wallet, I can slip in my passport, driver’s license, a couple of credit cards and some cash to lighten my load.
I looked for something that meets all my needs, but couldn’t find anything that was just right. And I really, really wanted my logo on it. But I can sew! And Kraft-Tex is a lightweight, washable, durable material that requires no edge finishing – a real step-saver. If you are new to Kraft-Tex, this article is a good primer. Enter the Field Notes & Passport Wallet!
The main thing that the wallet has to hold is a 3 1/2 X 5 1/2-inch field notes notebook. You can get them with plain, ruled or gridded pages. A passport is slightly smaller, so I knew that would fit. By expanding the height to 6 1/2 inches, I could also include a pocket for currency and a few more pockets for cards and receipts. Add a sleeve (not a floppy loop) to hold a pen, and my needs are met.
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To make it distinctive, I wanted to put my Flying Goat Studio logo on the cover. I had already digitized the design in Bernina Embroidery Software to stitch on other items. I love how it turned out! But I had to make some adjustments how the design would stitch out to stagger the needle points. With a row of close stitches, such as satin stitch, the needle creates holes in nonwoven materials such as Kraft-Tex, leather and vinyl that can cause the material to tear. So test, test, test before stitching!
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