Picture of Airline Ticket Jacket (SewUseful)
This travel document holder protects your airline ticket, ID, and other travel documents. The clear front provides visibility to your boarding pass information. The front pocket holds your ID and makes it easy for airport security to verify against your boarding pass. No more fumbling with separate documents and carry-on luggage at the security line. Inside pockets provide space for hotel, rental car, and travel credit cards. You can also place your business cards here for ready access when you meet a prospective client or employee during your travels. There is a secret pocket for travel receipts, cash, and other documentation. Unlike the flimsy paper jackets provided by the airline, this jacket is made from durable nylon, vinyl, and has an internal stiffener to prevent crumpled up ticket stubs at the gate. This jacket fits easily in a back pocket or inside coat pocket for easy access. The clear front makes it easy to see your flight information and seat assignment without taking the ticket from its secure location.
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Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

Picture of Gather Materials and Tools
For this project you'll need the following materials:
-1/4 yard durable fabric
-1/4 yard clear vinyl
-2 yards of 3/4 inch binding tape
-4" x 8.5" stiff cardboard

For this project you'll need the following tools:
-Fabric marking pencil
-Felt tip marker
-Scissors or rotary cutter
-Sewing machine (dual needle is best for binding tape)
-(Recommended) Binder for sewing machine
-(Recommended) Hot knife and cutting surface for finishing binding tape
-(Optional) 1" circle punch from scrapbook store
-(Optional) ball point pen for notes

Materials and tools pictured here are available from ParaGear:
-Fabric: 500 denier black Cordura Item W9345
-Binding Tape Item W9850
-Vinyl medium weight from Wal-Mart
-Binder for 3/4" Binding tape Item S7460
-Hot knife is a Wood Burning tool similar to this one and purchased at Wal-Mart
sk8erdude7 years ago
Since I am a guy (I don't Sew) I made mine out of duct Tape.(plus Electricians tape For binding Tape) Great instructable! -sk8erdude
lyndanra7 years ago
Just a thought, thanks to the husband... Ironically we used a piece of plastic from an aircraft window to back it instead of cardboard. Assuming other people don't have random aircraft parts hanging out in their garage, you could maybe just use a piece of thin plastic/acrylic? Other than that, this project was great!!!!!! I can't wait to go to the airport and not lose any of my important documents! It's awesome!
I have an idea to help keep from having to make a new jacket. make the cardboard replaceable. By having a large slit through which it can be replaced. just an idea.
Discopants (author)  StevenHamilton997 years ago
That is a good idea. I'm concerned about how to treat the edges of the slit since this will be beat up pretty good during travel. You can always slip the replacement cardboard into the inside pocket to return the structural integrity of the jacket.
car7 years ago
What a good idea! Hope you sell lots!
AT7 years ago
This turned out nice! I like it. I also like the way you wrote "Attach your binder to your sewing machine." as if everybody has one. ;-) From the pictures you took, it look as though you have corners down very well.
Brennn107 years ago
The link you provided in some forum topic led me here. Great Instructable! I am going to have to make one of these for my many trips this summer!
epoo7 years ago
This is especially good for women who carry a lot in their purses! Excellent idea? Where can I purchase one of these ingenious items!?!
Discopants (author)  epoo7 years ago
Click on the link above. It is available for purchase directly from the Internet.
coonspice7 years ago
I like the fact that it doesn't try to do too much. Many travel wallets have spaces for credit cards, change, etc. I have a place for those items already. Thanks for making it simple so that I have everything in one place for the security line. No more fumbling for my wallet and making sure that things get put back.
Discopants (author) 7 years ago
With summer approaching, some people may be considering transforming their blue jeans to denim cut-offs. What to do with the left over legs? The fabric requirements of this project are small. This would be a good way to re-purpose that scrap denim into something useful. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
AMickel7 years ago
Wow! Great idea. Sure makes the more involved security checks at the airport a bit easier. Handy. And the cover encloses personal information so it's not outwardly accessible to everyone walking by. Good job.
I love it! I think it's definately something that makes traveling easier! I'd love to see this as a product being sold at magazine stands in the airport or something.