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Topic: New Life for a 70's suitcase! ***Tut Added! 2.28.07***  (Read 6605 times)
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« on: February 27, 2007 09:58:36 PM »

I found this old make-up case at our local thrift store and knew it was just calling my name. When checking out the guy gave me 50% off...  I left thinking I had scored! Only $5 for my little treasure. It wasnt until I got home and opened the darn thing that I realized why.  It smelled like some lady had kept some creature rotting in there! For 30 years! It was gross! On first impulse I threw it out... but along came garbage day and I figured I could use a good challenge.  After using up the entire supply of Febreze in the state, a box of gas masks, and some TLC here's the result.


Here's the added tut for anyone who's interested Smiley   This was a suprisingly easy project, especially for someone like myself who has never done anything like this before...
-one Battered up suitcase/ makeup case
-enough posterboard to trace the old inserts onto
-a razor knife
-spray adhesive
-enough fabric to recover the inside
-masking tape or painters blue tape (optional depending if you have any embelleshments you'd like to keep ie: metal pieces)
-Plastic Spraypaint

Step one:
 Take the inside fabric and cardboard if there is any out.  This can be done with the razor knife, make sure to cut along the edges as this will be used as your template for the new fabric.  Take note of how it comes out, as you will want to put it back together the same way Smiley
Step Two:
Trim everything you don't want painted in the blue tape.
This is what it should look like so far.

Step Three:
Using the spray paint, get all of the outside vinyl, make lots of thin coats instead of one thick one to avoid runs.  

Step Four: While your creation dries trace your fabric and any cardboard cut outs onto cardstock and whichever fabric you chose.


 Cut them out and apply spray adhesive to one side of the cardstock, laying the same fabric over it, fold the corners of the fabric around the cardstock and affix with spray adhesive.   Next take off all of the blue tape, being very careful, you may need to run your razor over the edges to prevent peeling.  Once you have all of your peices, put them back together just as you disassembled them.  I would recommend doing one peice at a time in case you need to change any measurements.

Voila! You're done! If anything isnt clear I'm happy to answer any questions Smiley I'd love to see yours if anyone makes one!
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007 10:06:55 PM »

Looks great!

« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2007 06:34:48 PM »

I would love to see a tute! Makeup case recon is something I haven't done yet that I'd love to get into. 

Your case looks really nice!!:) I like your choice of fabric inside. I bought this old hat box type purse from Goodwill last week for $2, and it's probably the sturdiest purse I've had so far.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2007 10:56:05 PM »

  I'd love to see yours if you get around to making one Smiley
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2007 09:14:09 AM »

Definitely.  It's my next project; too bad I didn't think of it before winter because that looks like it would make an excellent winter bag.  My mom has this 60's like cosmetic case that maybe she'll let me have:)  Either that or I'll just find one at Goodwill or a garage sale; I'll probably see more of those as its getting warmer here, and I like the thrill of a find...Smiley
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007 05:50:05 PM »

What a cool idea.  I really love the fabric you chose, too.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007 06:08:10 PM »

That's really cute! I love the fabric you chose too. Just out of curiousity, what are you using it for?

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2007 08:51:28 AM »

Actually its currently being used for my spoiled pooch! We travel a lot and she has more luggage than any dog I know, so we've been carting around her food, bowls, clothing, leads, shoes, etc. in my little creation! Haha!
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2007 10:01:57 PM »

I'm so excited to do this project!  Thanks for the tute Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2007 11:41:58 AM »

Thanks for posting this. It's adorable!


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