Give a vintage suitcase a new life with an easy fabric makeover
Today I’m going to show you an easy and affordable way to make old vintage suitcases pretty by giving them a makeover with fabric and glue. Vintage suitcases make fabulous storage for blankets and craft supplies and you can find them cheaply at op shop or thrift shops. Their vintage brown exterior compliments neutral settings well, but can look old and dirty in bright or modern settings. I have owned these 3 suitcases for years, so I thought it was time to pretty them up and makes them useful in my craft office.
Three old brown vintage suitcases found at my local op shop.
I gave two of these suitcases a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I wanted to cover the third suitcase in fabric. This turned out to be my favourite! Here is a little pictorial guide of how I made it pretty.
I like to start at the bottom. Give the bottom of the suitcase a generous coat of mod podge in preparation for the fabric.
Lay the fabric over the top of the suitcase and press down firmly. Don’t worry if the Mod Podge soaks through a little as this will make it extra secure.
Pull of corners of the fabric into a peak at the corners in preparation for trimming.
Cut through the peak you formed to divide the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.
Secure the sides with plenty of mod Podge making sure to press down firmly.
Press fabric firmly against the Mod Podge to secure. Trim away any excess and secure the corners that you trimmed previously. Fold the top of the fabric over and secure it inside the suitcase.
Ensure that any joins in the fabric are well secured with Mod Podge
Cut carefully around any obstacles (latches, handles etc) with a blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
The vintage latch revealed provides a rustic contrast against the pretty pink fabric. Repeat this process for the lid of the suitcase. I found it easier to work this two pieces of fabric – one for the top and one for the bottom.
I secured fabric to the inside of the suitcases too, to make sure they were as pretty as the outside.
When the entire suitcase is covered with fabric, give it all a good coat of mod Podge to protect and seal the fabric. This will dry clear.
Ta Da! All done! Now you have pretty and practical storage for your blankets and craft supplies