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GhostAcademy
« on: September 01, 2008 12:32:47 PM »

I've never owned real luggage before, even though I'm about to turn 30 and I go on regular vacations.  My luggage suite consists of:

1-large green duffel bag very faded and beat up that I used to take to summer camp, purchased in 1988

1-Red hello kitty duffle bag given to me as a gift by my bf probably circa 1999

2-very cute and VERY small matching 1960's overnight bags

You see my problem.  And yet, I absolutely HATE owning anything ugly, which is why I've never bought suitcases.  I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of two very big and very practical suitcases at Goodwill for $15 for the pair.

You know the type... with wheels and a handle... utterly generic.... indistinguishable from every other suitcase coming down the luggage carousel.

I couldn't take it.  I had to craftster them up.  I pulled out some felt and a hot glue gun and put on a movie, and this is what I came up with:

Mine(yes, I took the bigger suitcase for myself):

The boy's: 

Together:


I'm pretty happy with the results.  I have no idea how durable this will be, but I'm leaving on vacation in a week, so I'll find out.  Plus, this project cost me about $20 for the supplies AND the suitcases, so ya can't beat that.

What do you guys think?  Any suggestions for travel-proofing the felty part?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008 12:46:40 PM »

those are darling!
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forcemajeure
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008 01:42:47 PM »

Maybe you could add clear vinyl over the felty parts? Like sew a large square around the design.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008 11:08:10 AM »

Thanks, katie!

Maybe you could add clear vinyl over the felty parts? Like sew a large square around the design.

I think I'm just gonna go ahead and let it get dirty.  Vinyl is probably the best solution though.  Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008 11:15:48 AM »

Very cute!!

I agree vinyl would probably help to protect them.  Or maybe throw on a few very heavy duty nylon stitches.  I fear the cutest parts are going to get torn off in the shuffle!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 12:17:22 AM »

We did ours up with fabric paint and stencils.  We may have the ubiquitous black suitcase from Target, but ours have flowers and suns and rocketships all over them.  No question about whose bag it is, although we have had people grab them off the carousel, and then see it isn't their bag, and then not even put it back on the carousel, just leave it all alone!!!  Hey, that's not nice!  Poor bag, thankfully hubby saw the lady grab it and he was able to get it before the TSA idiots did!

Anyways, this is beautiful work!  How did you protect it from being torn off by the handlers?
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PrincessJasmine
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008 10:09:36 PM »

Cute!

Like previous poster said, I did mine up in fabric paint, hibiscus flowers.  I got a cornflower blue bag that got all marred up with black marks, so went over it with fabric paint.  Turned out cute.  I love what you did here, very original and pretty
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008 01:10:32 PM »

i heart the owl one
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008 03:52:24 PM »

so cute!  you'll never mix them up with someone else's at the airport!
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kurtthesnail
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2008 08:35:07 AM »

These are freakin adorable! So cute.
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