There's something romantic about vintage suitcases, isn't there? Who knows where they've traveled, and they always make me think of old-timey rail travel or taking a trip on an airplane when that was still a special way to travel.
I've had some great luck finding vintage suitcases at the thrift store, but sometimes you run across an old suitcase that needs a little love. Maybe the shell has some scratches, nicks, or tears or maybe the inside is a little bit funky. Over at Sew Can Do, Jean from The Quilted Cupcake shared a tutorial on how to use fabric and mod podge to revamp an old suitcase.
She chose a beautiful vintage print for her makeover, and you could really use any reclaimed or eco-friendly fabric that you like. The only caveat, I'd say, is that if your original suitcase is dark colored or has a print on it, you might need to choose a thicker, darker, or busier fabric to cover that up, unless you want the old design or color peeking through.
Mod Podge isn't the greenest craft supply, but it's not too terrible, either. It a water-based, non-toxic adhesive that works as a glue and a sealer, which means you're able to use just one adhesive product instead of two. Some folks say that you can use thinned glue in place of Mod Podge, and sometimes this will work, but for something like a suitcase that takes a lot of abuse, you want that sealing power, so your fabric won't sag, snag, or peel over time.
To make your revamped suitcase, all you need are:
- a reclaimed, vintage suitcase
- eco-friendly fabric of your choice
- Mod Podge for Fabric
- a ruler
- natural wax paper
- X-acto knife
- a spray bottle of water
Ready to get crafting? Click here for the tutorial!