I travel quite a bit, and I always seem to misplace my ID, “What pocket is my ID in?” “Did I put my ticket in my purse or backpack?” If I keep all of the items I need to have while going through airport security, or traveling abroad, in one location I’d be all set. That’s why I made this Plastic Travel Envelope Purse. I can see everything I need for travel through the plastic, and it has a leather strap so you can wear the purse across your shoulders. Want to make one for yourself? Great! I made a pattern for you to follow to make your own.
18 inches long by 8 inches wide section of sixteen gauge vinyl (find at a fabric store)
Print out both pages (part 1 and part 2) for the Plastic Travel Envelope Purse pattern. Cut out the patterns along the solid lines. Then tape the two pattern parts together.
Place the pattern over the vinyl section and trace with the pen. Use the knife, mat, and straight edge to cut out the pattern just inside the pen line.
Attach the first side of the snap on the bottom side of the purse. You can follow the pattern for the snap location and mark with a pen, or place the button snap wherever you'd like. Follow the directions from your snap packaging to install the snap.
Cut the leather strip to your desired length. I wrapped the leather over my shoulder like a purse strap and cut it to the purse length I preferred (I cut mine to 47 inches long).
Following the pattern, fold the bottom side up at its fold point to the center (6 inches). Use the clothespins to secure the folded plastic section.
Sandwich the ends of the leather strips in between the vinyl a ½ inch from the side edges. The leather strip ends should be about one inch into the purse for sewing.
Let's sew the sides of the purse. Sew ½ in from the each edge from the fold to the “bottom” or opening of the vinyl (I’ve marked where the bottom is on the pattern). Sew over the leather strip and down the side of the purse.
Tip #1: After sewing, trim the vinyl sides of the purse with the X-acto knife and straight edge about a ¼ inch. The vinyl can slip a little while sewing, so this should straighten out the edges.
Follow the pattern to place the other snap end on the pointy flap of the purse.
Head on over to HP to print out a photo to put into your plastic purse! I always miss my kiddo so much while traveling, so I like to keep a printed photo of her with me. With my plastic purse I get to see her photo all the time! Head on over to HP Photo Creations to add frames or edit your photos before printing (it’s a fun and free). Just download the program to get started, then open the program. From there you can just use the “Prints” section to print the photo the way it is, or edit and crop. If you go to the “Cards” section you can add a cute frame from one of the themes for your photo. Print out the photo through HP Photo Creations and pop into your Plastic Travel Envelope Purse!
Want to add something extra to your purse? Let’s Mod Podge a travel quote onto the inside of your purse! It’s so easy.
Open up HP Photo Creations and head over to the cards section. In the travel cards you’ll find the “Bon Voyage” card. Personalize the card. You can delete the words and anchor image. Add a new text box and type in the following quote (you can change the font to whatever you’d like):
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Finish product and print the card you just made. Cut out the picture to fit inside of your pouch. Apply a light layer of Mod Podge over the printed side of your image. Carefully push the image into the pouch and to the bottom. Press it onto the plastic so the image is facing out the front. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the image (inside the pouch). Place something inside of the purse to keep the inside from gluing together (I put a couple tubes of lipstick in there). Let the Mod Podge dry completely. Possibly add more layers of Mod Podge so the image is stronger, if you’d like. Side note: the Mod Podge will dry clear!
I suggest allowing the purse to dry overnight and you’re done!
If you make any of our lovely projects from HP Create, we’d love to see it! You can share it in our Idea Exchange!