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
I discovered fabric stickers a little while ago and fell in love with them. They are so pretty and practical, which are my favourite two words when it comes to craft. I found these gorgeous crafty items online at Dailylike. Have you heard of them? I promise you this is an unsponsored post! I just adore the Dailylike store. You MUST visit their online store for a sticky beak. It’s a crafter and gift wrappers dream….i really had to restrict myself to items i needed….yeah, that’s right, i NEEDED fabric stickers. My first fabric sticker project was to cover my iPad. Actually, i covered my iPad cover. It was bright pink and while i like pink, i wanted something a little more unique and i really, really don’t like paying for expensive iPad covers. And this way, when i get bored of this design i can just recover it again, at the fraction of the price of a new iPad cover. I had a few sheets of stickers to play with so i prettied up this boring clipboard and attached it to my pegboard. I change my pegboard often and add new inspirational quotes or work related lists (boring) to my clipboards, so this will be perfect for when it is hanging bare in between new attachments.Fabric stickers are ideal for covering daggy old containers and glass jars. The oval container was the packaging of a gift i received from a friend. I didn’t want to throw it away, so i covered it in matching fabric and now i’m keeping all my pens and pencils stored in it. I also dressed up an empty glass jar that i use for storing my paint brushes. With some of the smaller scraps i cut out shapes and decorated some of my paper bags. There are so many uses for this versatile craft item. And i love that i was able to use the scraps for smaller projects, so that there wasn’t any waste. Yay!Finally, i used some of the fabric sticker tape to wrap a loaf of banana bread for a friend. I can’t wait to use more of this tape in my gift wrapping. Please make sure you visit Dailylike and check out their stock – great products and super fast postage.
I am always on the look out for new crafty projects, especially those that make use of my fabric scraps. This bow tutorial looked simple enough to do, so i started making some last week. They are totally addictive to make and I’m a little embarrassed to say that i have made over 50 bows! Here are the super easy steps –
1. Cut two fabric rectangles. One 7×10 inches and the other 2x3inches.
2. Fold them in half long ways (wrong side out) and sew along the longer edge.
3. Turn the fabric right side out. I used this handy little hooked tool for the smaller rectangle. Iron flat making sure the seam is in the middle.
4. With the seam on the outside, stitch the short ends together to make a loop.
5. Turn both loops inside out so the seams are on the inside.
6. Pinch the bigger loop to make a bow shape and then hand stitch in place. Now squeeze the small loop over the bow to form the centre.
I’m attaching a range of clips, elastics, and fasteners so that they can be used as hair accessories or bow ties. Here are some that i’ve finished. And below is my handsome model wearing a polka dot bow tie.
My younger brother summed it up perfectly on the Sunday following my sister’s wedding….Post Wedding Depression. It’s so wonderful to have an exciting celebration to look forward to and we have looked forward to my sister’s wedding for over 12months. Months of planning, searching for dresses, DIY projects and the big count down that led up to the day are now followed by a void. A feeling of – what now?? It’s strange to feel this way, i guess, when it wasn’t my wedding and i imagine the bride is feeling it too….although, i’m sure honeymooning in Thailand is taking the edge off the blues! In an attempt to reduce the blues, i have thrown myself into sewing projects, that i’ve had planned for a while, but haven’t found the time to tackle. And because it is school holidays, i have my three little lovelies to keep me company, which is a bonus. Anywho, i’m surrounding myself with fabric and thread, which always improves my frame of mind.
Amy Butler! What a clever lady. For me, a relatively conservative type who dresses mostly in black and white, i find Amy Butler fabrics both bright and delicious. For some reason i feel safe experimenting with colour when i’m working with her fabric. And really, just scrolling through her fabric on the internet makes me feel happier. And while my regular readers will know i love recycling, secondhand and vintage, i will not apologise for loving the smell of crisp new fabric! The postman must feel very loved when he delivers my fabric, because i just can’t hide my excitement. Here are three of my cushions and a blanket i’ve made this week. Amy Butler Fabric + Pom Poms = Happiness!!!
I purchased a little guest book a while ago. I loved the layout, but the cover was boring! A friend suggested covering it with fabric and said it was simple to do. I was skeptical. I mean, I’ve worked with contact before and I probably don’t have to explain why I hate the sticky stuff and the air bubbles that haunt me. *sigh* Anyway, I thought it was worthwhile trialling the technique on some cheap notebooks.
Here is how I did it : 1. Cut fabric to size leaving a couple of cms around the edges 2. Cut off corners leaving enough fabric to fold over. I also cut a couple of wedges at the spine 3. Using fabric adhesive spray I covered the book and the fabric and carefully laid book onto the fabric. NO BUBBLES! Yay!! 4. Using mod podge I secured the corners and inserted the flap at spine. 5. Add ribbon using mod podge 6. Finally, i cut a sheet of paper to fit across the inside cover and first page to cover up the mess and then the same step for the back inside cover…sorry I didn’t take a pic of this step. All done!!
I chose classic black and white for the guest book….with a little red, of course! 😉 I’m really pleased with the result and much nicer than the old boring cover.
The house is an eclectic mix of old and new, of neutral and brights, of gold and silver and of practical and just pretty. Each room is different from the next. The loft, the main bedroom, is my husbands and mine. The kids have all decided on a bedroom and are helping me with decorating ideas. This leaves one ‘spare’ room. A room to decorate however i wish….This is the first room that i have finished!
Shopping for bedlinen, doonas, blankets and pillows has been an expensive exercise! Unfortunately, it is an area where i need to buy NEW and thankfully I’ve been able to save a little money due to end of winter sales. And thank goodness really, because it has cost enough without paying full price. I guess it’s all in the timing.
Target lamp shades, my son Daniel lying amongst some of the linen and the ‘before’ shot of the room.
The barrels, before they were a side table.
The bedside table was created using a little experimenting. I picked up a couple of barrel planters, lacquered them, glued and strapped them together and finally attached a tray on the top. In total it only set me back $50, which i was pretty pleased with. The lamp shades were a Target buy and were ridiculously priced at $3 each! gotta love clearance sales! I whipped up the cushions with Amy Butler fabric. And the frames above the bed, well you’ve seen those before…..vintage prints $15 in total.
I really like this room. It’s not typical of what i usually like, but maybe that’s the reason it appeals to me…..a change is as good as a holiday right? Alright, a couple of the other rooms are very closed to being finished. I’ll post when they are done!! Excitement!!
So we headed to Winterfell with another small truck filled with goodies. My Mum and Dad joined us for the day trip, which was a wonderful way to combine work and pleasure. And just quietly, my Dad is super clever and multi talented in ways my husband is not. Don’t worry, my husband has his own gifts, but Dad was so helpful sorting out the gas hot water and how to start the heating. I was worried Mum would be bored while we unloaded the truck, but she enjoyed my favourite red chair on the porch in the sun and also spent some quality time with my children. All in all, it was a great day! The red chair above was another fabulous find from the Molong junk shop or treasure trove as i call it. I think it was a wrought iron bed in a previous life. I really love this chair. And RED! My favourite colour for more reasons than one…..three in fact! The initials of my children – Rose, Eilish and Daniel. xo
Here is a sneak peak of some the spaces in Winterfell that are coming together. Overall, i am happy with the progress so far. Some of the spaces are not coming together as i planned….remember my scrapbook? Who knew that things wouldn’t go perfectly to plan? *insert sarcasm here* But i am not disheartened.
Please note replica antique or fancy pants chairs (as i call them) in the background behind the black stools. I really love these chairs and they were a bargain found on ebay, but i dislike them intensely (my mother always said hate was a strong word) in the main living area. NO MATTER! They will be dispersed throughout the house in the bedrooms and i will find something else for around the dining room table.
And finally, some photos my daughter Rose took from the car on the way home. My husband and other children were following in the truck. Ahhh…..the beautiful Australian landscape is hard to take for granted.