{Fabric Craft} Iron on Granny Square Bag

Funky granny square bagToday I have been decorating crochet kits bags using transfer paper, but i totally got distracted (read bored) and decided to make a cool granny square bag of my own instead.  The Gelato Pops and Melon Pops bags were pushed to the side, which actually are pretty cool too, and i whipped up a little granny square in my fave colours. Here’s how i made my own kit bag –

You will need –

  • calico bag
  • iron on transfer paper
  • an iron (obviously)
  • a granny square made from yarn
  • scissors
  • camera
  • ink jet printer
iron on granny square

Step 1 – photograph your granny square and print out the image on iron on transfer paper

iron on granny square

Step 2 – Cut around the granny square leaving about 1/2cm of white edge – this will iron on clear granny square bag

Step 3– With the print side down, press the iron in consistant circles for aound 2 min (set a timer if it helps) The instructions said around 40 secs, but with this large transfer i needed more time. Fun granny square bag

Step 4– Peel the backing paper off very carefully! If it doesn’t come off easily or the print is not transferring then you will need to use the iron for a bit longer. Be patient. :)iron on granny square bag

Step 5 – Ta da!! Pack your favourite yarn and tools into the bag and you are reading for crochet on the go!!

Funky granny square bagI am printing this image onto a shirt next…..i just need more transfer paper. :)

Mandy xx

{Crochet} Flower Sprinkles Bunting Pattern

pdf pattern crochet bunting

Hooray! I have finally added my Flower Sprinkles Bunting into the pattern shop. This downloadable PDF has 9 pages of instructions including step-by-step images, a chart and shorthand instructions for both US and UK users. I have a small number of kits available too (that include the pattern). Please email me for a shipping quote if you live outside Australia  – amanda@redagape.com.au

Click the image above to go straight to the downloadable PDF or below to check out the kits (which include the downloadable pattern). Have fun! moya yarn bunting kit

{Crochet} Easy Peasy Chunky Beanie

crochet beanie patternBeanie weather is upon us and this Easy Peasy Chunky beanie pattern is fun and QUICK to make. The pattern is written UK Terms, but i have included shorthand instructions at the end of this tutorial in both UK and US terms. I have already made four of these beanies this week and the week isn’t over yet! Soft and stretchy – this beanie will fit a child from about 12 years to your average adult. I have used the same pattern for all of my family members and they range from age 12 to ffff….excuse my stutter…fforty. This pattern is written for 1x ball of DMC Natural XL and is available at Yummy Yarn and co. 

Hook – 7mm

Stitches  –

  • magic ring
  • ss – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • tr – treble
  •  htr – half treble
  1. Using a size 7mm crochet hook, form a magic ring.
  2. Work 10dc into the magic ring and ss into the first dc to finish round. (10dc)
  3. Ch2 (counts as 1tr), work a tr into the same stitch. Continue to work 2tr into each stitch from the previous round. Ss into the top of the initial ch2 to finish round. (20dc)
  4. Ch2 (counts as 1tr), work a tr into the same stitch. Work 1tr into the next stitch. Alternate between 1tr and 2tr into each stitch from the previous round. Ss into the intial ch2 to finish the round. (30tr)
  5. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Ss into the top of the initial ch1 to finish the round. (30htr)
  6. Ch1 (counts as 1htr), work 1htr into the same stitch. Work 1htr into the next stitch. Alternate between 2htr and 1htr into each stitch around. Ss into the initial ch1 to finish the round. (45htr)
  7. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each stitch from the previous round. Ss into initial ch2 to finish the round. (45tr)
  8. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Ss into initial ch1 to finish the round. (45htr)
  9. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each htr from the previous round. Ss into initial ch2 to finish. (45tr)
  10. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Ss into initial ch1 to finish the round. (45htr)
  11. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each htr from the previous round. Ss into the initial ch2 to finish the round. (45tr)
  12. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr rom the previous Ss into initial ch1 to finish the round.
  13. Ch2 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into each st from the previous round. Ss into initial ch2 to finish the round.
  14. Ch1 (counts as 1htr). Work 1htr into each tr from the previous round. Fasten off! Finished! For smaller heads, work a dc around for the final round.

Depending on your tension you should have enough yarn leftover for a small pom pom. Use your favourite method for making pom poms  – I  like using clover pom pom makers or the old fashioned cardboard donut works a treat too. Or you can follow my very easy pom pom making tutorial here.

Shorthand Instructions for Clever Chooks

UK

  1. Magic Ring
  2. 10dc into ring (10dc)
  3. 2tr into each dc (20tr)
  4. 2tr, 1tr around. (30tr)
  5. 1htr into each tr (30htr)
  6. 2htr, 1htr around (45htr)
  7. 1tr around (45tr)
  8. 1htr around (45htr)
  9. 1tr around (45tr)
  10. 1htr around (45htr)
  11. 1tr around (45tr)
  12. 1htr around (45htr)
  13. 1tr around (45tr)
  14. 1htr around and fasten off (45htr) (or 45dc for smaller heads)

 

Shorthand Instructions for Clever Chooks

US

  1. Magic Ring
  2. 10sc into ring (10sc)
  3. 2dc into each dc (20dc)
  4. 2dc, 1dc around. (30dc)
  5. 1hdc into each dc (30hdc)
  6. 2hdc, 1hdc around (45hdc)
  7. 1dc around (45dc)
  8. 1hdc around (45hdc)
  9. 1dc around (45dc)
  10. 1hdc around (45hdc)
  11. 1dc around (45dc)
  12. 1hdc around (45hdc)
  13. 1dc around (45dc)
  14. 1hdc around and fasten off (45hdc)(or 45sc for smaller heads)

dmc  natura just cotton

{Instagram} Crochet Projects March

crochet potholder patternAlthough the year is flying by i feel like i have accomplished a lot so far – we opened Yummy Yarn and co, i have been keeping up with  Guesthouse bookings and i am starting (and finishing!) new crochet projects. Here’s a snap shot of March from my instagram accounts  @crochetbyredagape and @redagape (my home styling and photography page).
debbie bliss poncho crochet mandala pattern granny square patterns styling bookshelves

{Crochet} Flower Power Mandala

Crochet mandala pattern

 

Flower Power Mandala Pattern – This free crochet mandala pattern is written in UK terms, with both US and UK Shorthand terms at the end of the tutorial.

  • UK Terms
  • 4mm Hook
  • Heirloom Cotton 8ply

Stitch Knowledge Required
Magic Ring
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
htr = half treble
tr = treble
dtr = double treble

 crochet mandala pattern

Rounds 1-3

Round 1 – Start with pink. To begin make a magic ring, chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) then work 8htr into the ring. Sl st to the top of the first htr to join round. (8htr)
Round 2 – Chain 2 (counts as 1htr), then 1 htr into in the same stitch. Work 2 htr into each htr from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (16htr)
Round 3 – chain 2 (counts as 1htr),then work 2htr in the next stitch. Continue to work 1htr, then 2 htr into each stitch from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (24htr) Fasten off.

 

crochet mandala pattern

Rounds 4 & 5

Round 4 – Switch to green. Ss into any htr from the previous round. Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) then 1dc. Ch 3, miss a stitch and then dc into the next. Continue to ch3, then dc into every second stitch all the way around. Sl st into the first dc to join round. (12 x ch-3 spaces, 12dc).
Round 5 – Sl st into first ch-3 space. Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 3tr into the same ch-3 space. Work 4tr into each ch-3 space all the way around. Sl st into the top of the first ch3. (48tr)(12x4tr) fasten off.

 

crochet mandala pattern

Rounds 6 & 7

Round 6 – Switch to yellow. Ss between any two groups of 4trs from the previous round. Ch 5, sl st in between the first two groups of 4tr from the previous round. Continue to ch5, and then sl st in between the tr groups all the way around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
Round 7 – *Sl st into the next ch-5 space and work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1htr, 1dc* Repeat for * to * all the way around. After the last dc, cut the yarn and thread it into a needle. Fasten off. (12 petals).

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 8

Round 8 – switch to blue. Ss in between any of the 2dc from the previous round. The base of the petal. Ch6 (counts at 1tr, ch3). Ss into the top of the dtr from the previous round and ch3. *Tr between petals, ch 3, ss at petal top, ch3* repeat from * to * around. Finish by ss into the 3rd chain of the initial ch6. (12tr, 12ss, 24xch3)

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 9

Round 9 – Ss into ch-3 space. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as stitch). Work 5dc in each ch-3 sp around. Fasten off. (120dc)

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 10 & 11

Round 10 – switch to green. Ss in between any two 5dc groups. *Ch4, ss in between every 5dc groups * repeat from * to * around. (24ss, 24xch4)
Round 11 – ss into the next ch-4 space, ch3 (counts as one to) then work 7tr into the same space. Ss in the following ch-4 space. Work 8tr in the next ch-4 space. Continue to work 8tr into a ch-4 space and then ss into the next – alternating around. (12ss, 12x8tr groups).

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 12

Round 12– switch to yellow. Ss into any tr from the previous round. Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st). Work 1dc into each stitch around.

 

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 13

Round 13 – switch to Pink. Find the top two dcs of any petal. Ss into the first of those 2dcs and ch3, then tr2tog (counts as 1 tr3tog) ch1, then tr3togther into the next dc, ch 9. * tr3tog in first of top two dcs, ch 1, tr3tog in the next dc, ch9 *repeat * to * around. ss into top of tr3tog. (23x tr3tog, 12x ch9)

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 14

Round 14 – * ss between any tr3tog pair, work 2dc in the ch-1 space. In the ch-9 space, work 7dc, 3ch, 7dc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off. (12x 7dc,ch3,7dc groups, 12x 2dc pairs).

Shorthand Instructions – UK

  • Round 1 – magic loop then work 8htr
  • Round 2 – 2htr in each tr (16htr)
  • Round 3 – 1htr, 2htr around (24htr)
  • Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, dc in next – repeat around (12dc,12xch-3)
  • Round 5 – 4tr in each ch-3 space (12x 4tr)(48tr)
  • Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4tr groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
  • Round 7 – 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr,1dc into each ch-5 space.
  • Round 8 – Tr between petals, ch3, ss at petal top, ch3. Repeat around.  (12tr, 12ss, 24xch3)
  • Round 9 – 5dc in each ch-3 group. (120dc)
  • Round 10 –  Ss in between 5dc groups, ch 4. Repeat around. (24ss, 24xch4)
  • Round 11 –  Work 8tr into a ch-4 space, ss in the next – alternate around. (12ss, 12x8tr groups).
  • Round 12 –  Work 1dc into each stitch around.
  • Round 13 – in the top two dcs of each petal work, 1tr3tog, ch1, 1tr3tog and then ch9 – repeat around.  (24x tr3tog, 12x ch9)
  • Round 14 –  Work 2dc in the ch-1 space and then in the ch-9 space, work 7dc, 3ch, 7dc – repeat around (12x 7dc,ch3,7dc groups, 12x 2dc pairs). Fasten off.

Shorthand Instructions US

  • Round 1 – magic loop then work 8hdc
  • Round 2 – 2hdc in each tr (16hdc)
  • Round 3 – 1hdc, 2hdc around (24hdc)
  • Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, sc in next – repeat around (12sc,12xch-3)
  • Round 5 – 4dc in each ch-3 space (12x 4dc)(48dc)
  • Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4dc groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
  • Round 7 – 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc,1sc into each ch-5 space.
  • Round 8 – Dc between petals, ch3, ss at petal top, ch3. Repeat around.  (12dc, 12ss, 24xch3)
  • Round 9 – 5sc in each ch-3 group. (120sc)
  • Round 10 –  Ss in between 5sc groups, ch 4. Repeat around. (24ss, 24xch4)
  • Round 11 –  Work 8dc into a ch-4 space, ss in the next – alternate around. (12ss, 12x8dc groups).
  • Round 12 –  Work 1sc into each stitch around.
  • Round 13 – in the top two sc of each petal work, 1dc3tog, ch1, 1dc3tog and then ch9 – repeat around.  (24x dc3tog, 12x ch9)
  • Round 14 –  Work 2sc in the ch-1 space and then in the ch-9 space, work 7sc, 3ch, 7sc – repeat around (12x 7sc,ch3,7sc groups, 12x 2sc pairs). Fasten off.

{Crochet} Flower Power Granny Square Free Pattern

crochet square flower pattern

If you’ve made my Flower Power crochet coasters before, then you’ll love this free pattern which turns them into a granny square by adding three simple rounds. You’ll find the Flower Power coaster pattern here. Once you have made your coaster, simply follow these instructions to turn them into squares. Crochet squares are brilliant for making blankets, scarves and cushions. I’d love to see your Flower Power Granny Square creations, so please tag them with #flowerpowergrannysquare if you’re posting pictures on social media.

The following instructions are in UK terms, using 8ply cotton yarn and a 4mm hook. You’ll find the US and UK shorthand instructions at the end of this post. Have fun!

free crochet square pattern

UK Flower Power Granny Square Instructions

free crochet square pattern

Round 1 – take your flower power coaster and sl st into the top of the dtr (petal top) ch3 and then htr in between the two dcs at the base at the petals. This stitch should be right in the middle of the two petals, then ch3. * Sl st into petal top (dtr), ch3 and htr in between dcs at petal base, ch3 * repeat from. * to * around then sl st into first petal top. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3).

 

free crochet square pattern

Round 2 – sl st into the ch-3 space, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a st) *Work 2htr, 1tr and 1dtr into this space then ch2. In the next ch-3 space, work 1dtr, 1tr and 2htr. Work 3dc into each of the next four ch-3 spaces.* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Sl st into first htr. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).

 

crochet square flower pattern

Round 3 – ch 3 (counts as 1tr) work 1tr into each stitch until you reach the corner ch-2 space. *In the ch-2 space work 1tr, ch1, 1tr. Then 1tr into each of the stitches from the previous round. (20tr). * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Work 1tr, ch1, 1tr into the last ch-2 space, then 1tr into each st until you reach your initial ch3 (tr). Sl st into the top of this initial ch3 and fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

crochet square flower pattern

Ta da! Your Flower Power Coaster is now a funky granny square. Don’t forgot to tag your makes #flowerpowergrannysquare

Shorthand UK 
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, htr in between petals – repeat around. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2.  At the corners work (2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr in the next ch-3 space).  Work 3dc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).
3. Work 1tr into each st at the sides and then 1tr, ch1, 1tr at corners. Fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

Shorthand US
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, hdc in between petals – repeat around (12hdc, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2. At the corners work (2hdc, 1dc, 1tr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc in the next ch-3 space). Work 3sc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48sc, 4X groups of 2hdc, dc,1tr, ch2, 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc).
3. Work 1dc into each st at the sides and then 1dc, ch1, 1dc at corners. Fasten off. (22dc along each side = 88dc)

{Crochet} Fleur Square Crochet Pattern

Free crochet square pattern

Here is the tutorial for my crochet Fleur Square. Crochet squares are so versatile and can be used to make cushions, blankets, scarves, bags and the list goes on. I’ve used 8ply Patons Cotton Blend and a 4mm hook for this pattern. The instructions are in UK terms and there are both UK and US shorthand instructions at the end of the tutorial. Don’t forget to tag #fleursquare once you’ve made your square. I’d love to see them!

UK Instructions (US instructions at the end)

Free crochet square pattern

Step 1 – With colour A, Ch6, Sl st to first ch to form a loop.

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 2 – Ch3, tr2tog (counts as 1tr3tog) ch2. *tr3tog, ch2* repeat from * to * 7 times (8 x tr3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces). Fasten off.

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 3 – With colour B, Sl at into any ch-2 space and work 3dc. Skip to the next ch -2 space and work 2dc,2ch,2dc (to form a corner) *In the next ch-2 space work 3dc and then 2dc, ch2, 2dc in the following ch-2 space * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Sl st into first dc (4 x 3dc groups, 4 x 2dc,ch2,2dc groups).

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 4 – *Ch5, sl st in the stitch just after the 3dc group from the previous round. Ch4 then sl st in the ch-2 space at the corner, ch4, sl st just before the next 3dc group from the previous round.* repeat from * to * 3 more times (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces).

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 5 -Sl st into the first ch-5 space, * work 5dc into the ch-5 space. 4dc into both of the ch-4 spaces at the corners. * repeat from * to * 3 more times (8 x 4dc groups, 4 x 5dc groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 6 – *Sl st into the 3rd dc (or middle dc) of the 5dc group from previous round. Ch5 then tr, ch3, tr at corner. Ch5 * then repeat from * to * 3 times and then Sl st to 3dc of 5dc group and fasten off. (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x tr, ch2, tr groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 7  – Switch to colour A. Sl st into any ch-3 corner space then * in the corner work 2tr, ch1, 2tr. Then 6tr in the next two ch-5 spaces* repeat from * to * 3 times and fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 8 x 6tr groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 8 – Switch to colour C. Sl st into any corner space and * work 2tr, ch1, 2tr into the corner. 1tr in the next 16 stitches.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 16 trs along each side)

 

Free crochet square pattern

I added another round of white trebles to each of my squares and then i joined them together to form the centre of a cushion. A round of green and another couple of rounds of trebles in white finished off my cushion nicely.

Free crochet square pattern

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Here are the shorthand instructions for all of you clever crocheters.

Fleur Square (UK)

  • 1 – Ch 6, sl st to first ch to from a loop
  • 2 – 8 x tr3tog with ch2 in between.  Fasten off (8 x tr3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces)
  • 3 – New colour: 3dc along the sides. 2dc, ch2, 2dc at corners. (4 x 3dc groups, 4 x 2dc,ch2,2dc groups)
  • 4 – Ch5 and then sl st over each 3dc groups. Ch4, sl st into ch-2 space, ch 4 at corners (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces)
  • 5 – 5dc in ch-5 spaces and 4dc in ch-4 spaces (8 x 4dc groups, 4 x 5dc groups)
  • 6 -Sl st into 3rd dc in 5dc group, ch5 then tr,ch3,tr at corners, ch 5. Repeat 3 more times. Fasten off (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x tr, ch3, tr groups)
  • 7 – New Colour: 2tr, ch1, 2tr at corners and 6tr into each ch-5 space. Fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 8 x 6tr groups)
  • 8 – New Colour – 2tr, 1ch, 2tr into each corner and 1tr into each of the 16 stitches along the sides. Fasten off.(4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 16 trs along each side) Fasten off.

Fleur Square (US)

  • 1 – Ch 6, sl st to first ch to from a loop
  • 2 – 8 x dc3tog with ch2 in between.  Fasten off (8 x dc3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces)
  • 3 – New colour: 3sc along the sides. 2sc, ch2, 2sc at corners. (4 x 3sc groups, 4 x 2sc,ch2,2sc groups)
  • 4 – Ch5 and then sl st over each 3sc groups. Ch4, sl st into ch-2 space, ch 4 at corners (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces)
  • 5 – 5sc in ch-5 spaces and 4sc in ch-4 spaces (8 x 4sc groups, 4 x 5sc groups)
  • 6 -Sl st into 3rd dc in 5sc group, ch5 then dc,ch3,dc at corners, ch 5. Repeat 3 more times. Fasten off (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x dc, ch3, dc groups)
  • 7 – New Colour: 2dc, ch1, 2dc at corners and 6dc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off. (4 x 2dc, ch1, 2dc groups, 8 x 6dc groups)
  • 8 – New Colour: 2dc, 1ch, 2dc into each corner and 1dc into each of the 16 stitches along the sides. Fasten off.(4 x 2dc, ch1, 2dc groups, 16 dcs along each side) Fasten off.

Free crochet square pattern

{Crochet} Mandy’s Mega Mandalas – Made by You

free crochet mandala pattern

Image Credit – @mommeetspoetry This is her short version of Mandy’s Mega Mandala that she made into a sweet little wall hanging.

Today i wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous crochet mandala creations made from my crochet pattern – Mandy’s Mega Mandala. It’s been a pure delight to see so many of these being made. I love that a crochet mandala can be used in many different ways – doily, coaster, wall hanging or acushion. Thank you kindly to all of these clever crafters for making Mandy’s Mega Mandala in a varietyof colour schemes. Beautiful!! And if you make one of my mega mandalas please tag #mandysmegamandala, so that i can see it and maybe share it here. If the mega mandala is too much of a committment for you, please try out one of my smaller patterns –

{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @Olivesandpickles

Craft quote

Image Credit – @olivesandpickes

Here is another @craftastherapy roundup from Ryane at @olivesandpickles. Her weekly theme was #craftastherapy_hexies, where crafters were invited to tag their images of crafty hexagons – sewn, crocheted, painted or drawn. Her hexie grid is at the bottom of this post. Thanks Ryane! And if you’d like to find out more about @craftastherapy on Instagram please read more here.

Craft hexagons

Image Credit – @olivesandpickles

Pretty craft projects

{Top Left} – @joykilledthepoet
{Top Right} – @leannesaysitallg
{Bottom Left} – @vilseivirkligheten
{Bottom Right} – _riaparamita_

Styled yarn pictures

{Top Left} – @petalplum
{Top Right} – @nikkioutwest
{Bottom Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Bottom Right} – _deborah.brandon_

Craft hexagons

{Top Left} – @maria.c.makeit
{Top Centre} – @deartomyartcreations
{Top Right} – @yardagedesign
{Middle Left} – @chitweed
{Middle Centre} – @marretjeroos
{Middle Right} – @madewithloops
{Bottom Left} – @mobiusgirl
{Bottom Centre} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} – @ourlovelylittlelife

 

{Fabric} Vintage Suitcase Makeover

Old suitcase upcycle

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.

Vintage suitcases

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. :)

RedAgape suitcase makeover

I like to start at the bottom. Give the bottom of the suitcase a generous coat of mod podge in preparation for the fabric.

Fabric covered suitcase

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.

Fabric covered suitcase

Pull of corners of the fabric into a peak at the corners in preparation for trimming.

Vintage suitcase makeover Fabric

Cut through the peak you formed to divide the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.

Vintage suitcase makeover

Secure the sides with plenty of mod Podge making sure to press down firmly.

Fabric covered vintage suitcase

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.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ensure that any joins in the fabric are well secured with Mod Podge

Covering a vintage suitcase

Cut carefully around any obstacles (latches, handles etc) with a blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Vintage suitcase makeover

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.

Mod Podge covered suitcase

I secured fabric to the inside of the suitcases too, to make sure they were as pretty as the outside.

Mod Podge suitcase

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.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ta Da! All done! Now you have pretty and practical storage for your blankets and craft supplies