Do you have an old or vintage suitcase lying around that is cute but a bit too plain or boring to make you want to use it?
Do you like floral patterns and DIY?
If the answers to these are yes, this might be the post for you!
(I’ll stop being cheesy now)
I won this vintage olive green Antler vanity case on eBay a few months ago
I thought it was sweet, but a bit ‘meh’ so I decided to spruce it up! And it’s really easy! All you need is:
- Fabric (I only needed a fat quarter, but it really depends on the size of your case and if you want to cover front and back – I just did the front to avoid overkill)
- Mod Podge – the best glue in existence. Available at good (large) craft shops or on Amazon
- Paintbrush that you don’t mind getting gluey
- Pen or pencil
- Sharp fabric scissors
- Poking instrument – I used an awl but you can use anything really, a butter knife would be good, just be careful!
Here’s what to do;
- Place fabric face down and put your suitcase on top
- Carefully draw around the case with a pen or pencil – just make it clear enough so you’ll be able to see where to cut
- Cut out the shape – repeat with the other side of the case if you’re doing both sides
- Paste a thin layer of Mod Podge over the part of the case you’re covering – a little goes a long way so cool it, you don’t want it to all squidge out of the sides!
- Lay the fabric over the glue and smooth out making sure there’s no bubbles or gaps
- Using your poking instrument, push the edges of the fabric in to make a clean line around the sides of the case
- Leave to dry, then when it’s fully dry add another layer of Mod Podge to seal the fabric, making sure you paste a lot around the edges – you don’t want them to peel off!
and that’s it! Leave to dry and then enjoy your adorable new suitcase or vanity case. I also made a matching headband using the same technique – it’s addictive.