Gentri Lee: Suitcase Makeover

2.08.2012

Suitcase Makeover

Hey guys!
(I need to come up with a new welcome... Howdy? Hey Ya'all? Greetings? Hello? Welcome? Salutations?)

Today I'm going to share with you my suitcase makeover. Ok, so I only made over the inside, and I still plan on doing more to it. BUT I thought I'd show you all the same. So enjoy this un-finished, half project. haha!

As you can see in the "Step 1" picture (below), this suitcase's inards were not pretty. Unless by pretty you mean pretty gross. I couldn't stand it anymore, so I just tore it all out.

Step 1- tear everything out. If you want to make a pattern out of the backing that is already inside- go for it. Mine was so torn up and complicated that I just threw it all out.

Step 2- Sand (if it's a wood suitcase), clean, and remove all rusted hardware. Yours might be in better condition than mine was. But I'd still start as fresh as possible. You don't know where they've been.

Step 2.5- (no picture) Measure the inside of your suitcase and cut fabric and batting to fit.

Step 3- I contemplated many ways to do this and in the end decided the trusty hot glue gun would be my best option. I laid the fabric and batting in the suitcase and glued the center and base first. Then I moved to the walls of the suitcase. I folded the top edges over and glued them so it gave me a folded edge. It left me with a nice, crisp, fluffy edge. I did that on each straight edge and folded the corners in on themselves as I went.

Step 4- I had enough fabric left over for a pillow. It's just a basic square pillow with a strip of fabric tacked on and tied in a knot.
What do you think??
Now I'm not worried about touching the inside, or embarrassed about leaving it open and spilling over with blankets! Plus the makeover got rid of that old, musty, grandma smell. haha!

I hope you enjoyed and that it made sense! I know I'm no good at these tutorials. I never have patience for "during" photos. :P

40 comments:

Ariel said...

It look so good!!

Elisha(: said...

lovee ittt!! :P :)

Ruthie Hart said...

this is so gorgeous!

Bri Lamkin said...

It turned out so cute! I want on. :)

Melu103 said...

i love it! :)
that pattern was just perfect
and you got yourself a matching
pillow .... 10 EXTRA POINTS!




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www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

Megan said...

How cute! I love that polka-dot fabric... it looks great :)

Chablis said...

super cute.

Salutations, definitely use Salutations! :)

Alyx said...

I love it!!! Looks so easy, but really does make a world of difference!!

Emily Hope said...

I love this. And am totally doing this. First I need to find myself an old suitcase........

Rolled Up Pretty said...

SUCH a CUTE idea Gentri!!! Love it!

MEl :) said...

love it...especially the pillow!

brooke field said...

Oh my goodness it turned out so cute!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

Gentri, you are so clever!!!! polka dot obsession wow eyes! incredible results, even if you aren't completely finished this reno yet ; ) it's a terrific beginning, well done. ♥

Brittany Erin said...

Wow, that turned out so good! And I've been trying to think of way to store all of our extra blankets in the living room, I might just have to copy you!

stephanie said...

how cute!!! i love it!

JRuud said...

LOOKS AMAZING HUN!! Spicing up the suitcase; love it!!! You're so creative, and can I tell you over and over again how cute I think your blog is...? SERIOUSLY.

Krista Lynn said...

So clever!! What a fun choice of fabric, I'm getting ready to make over an old suitcase as well..I'll have to use some of your tips and ideas.

lucia m said...

look so cute!!!!

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Emma Frances said...

I absolutely ADORE this! I need to find a cute suitcase to make over! :] Also, I hope you choose Salutations as your new greeting! That would make me so happy!

AMY PALMER said...

what a great idea! Love the polka dots.

-Amy
http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

LindsayHessPhoto said...

i have that exact case that I use for photoshoots! Now i'm going to fix it up :)

Amber said...

it turned out great as did your pillow :)

Christi Lynn said...

I am definitely going to do this. i have a few old suitcases that i found at thrift stores...and the insides are nasty!

Annie said...

SUCH a cool suitcase! Love the old/vintage look of the outside, and the bright, fun polka dots on the inside - such a great contrast :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Emily Baker said...

this is so great!!! makes me want to buy a vintage suitcase!!

but i feel like they're kinda impractical? Break easily when traveling?

indie by heart said...

Aww, really nice :) We have couple old suitcases at work that could use a little love. Nice diy - idea ^^

Satu
- Indie by Heart

ps. I have pinterest now, too!
->HERE ^^

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

It's lovely.

beckaboots said...

Wow! That is fabulous! I love it! Great job :)

Bekah

Kelly said...

I love the vintage outside with the bright pop of color inside :)

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

Oh, my goodness, Gentri. I am totally stealing this idea from you! So cute! I love the contrast with that powdery blue outside, too.

Amber said...

Looks great!!

xo Amber P.

Necole said...

I love the suitcase makeover, sooo freakin adorable! Great blog, I just followed! Hope you can check my blog out sometime also!

Carla said...

Wow you're so creative, I love it!
xx.

Laura Elizabeth said...

Wowsa! Great job, you really are one talented Miss!!

Hope school is going well and you aren't missing "normal" life too much :)

Shalyn said...

That is adorable, Gentri! I never would have thought to make it over like that- you are so creative!

jennifer blair said...

Very cute! I love it!

Dawn said...

That's really cool! I really like how it looks. I enjoy vintage suitcases and wish I had a few more in my possession. They're just such a good, decorative thing to have around. And, judging by this DIY, they can be personalized, too. :) I'm glad I stumbled across your blog (through Humble Pie Vintage). I enjoyed skimming through some of your posts.

memory said...

Make me one!

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Polly Bland said...

SO CUTE!!!! :D

Lauren Gardner said...

Sooo cute you talented girl you!!!!