Vintage suitcases covered in material

I have always had a weakness for vintage suitcases; I am forever saving them from the local op and tip shops. Sadly due to their age they are sometimes in a little need of alteration, and TLC is sometimes needed to restore them. Similar to my weakness for collecting suitcases, I am equally a sucker to forever buying material. This weekend I decided to combine the two!

So here’s how it goes.

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Tools

Vintage Suitcases

Material

Fabric Scissor

Fabric Glue

Rotary Cutter

Fabric pen or pencil

I paired up my various cuts of material with the different colours of the suitcases. Next it is an important thing to make sure your suitcases are clean. Just give them a quick wipe down to get rid of any dust or dirt.

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Then measure you material across the case. Next step, trace around the edge using the groove as a guide and cut around the edge of the trace, leaving extra around the trace material, which you will cut off later.

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Once you have done this, using your fabric glue, paint onto the top of the suitcase. Start at one end and only paint a little bit at a time, as the glue will dry fast. As you paint the case, smooth the material over the painted area.

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Once you have completely covered the case, get a bread knife and tuck the excess material into the groove around the edge of the suitcase, then grab your rotary cutter and gently cut away the excess material.

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Then ta da, you have a beautifully covered suitcase by yours truly.

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