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« on: September 11, 2008 10:34:34 PM »

it's not a purse, bag, or wallet, but does carry stuff!

I got a pretty cardboard suitcase at Ross a while ago and have been using it as a toolbox to cart stuff to my dollhouse miniatures meetings.  I suspect it was actually intended as cute storage rather than carting stuff around, because it got very faded and was threatening to come apart at the joins. 

So I gathered up some Hawaiian print fabric bits a friend gave me and covered and reinforced the case so it's stylishly up to the task once more.

and the inside

I didn't do a lot of pre-planning on this, so had to re-plan quite a bit.  If I were starting over, I would paint the whole thing white so the original pattern wouldn't show through the fabric (see the spotty stripes in the front?), and cover the outside of the bottom in a single piece of fabric instead of doing the edges first and patching on the bottom.

I coated it inside and out with Mod Podge, so it won't stain too much, but the glossy coating really shows up the bumps and bubbles!

and here's a before picture.  Actually a smaller suitcase of the same design.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008 10:40:26 PM »

i think it looks great.  and i like the lines that show through, it sort of shows it's past life. and if you don't tell anyone they will think it's meant to look that way.

i wish i had friends that gave me cool stuff like that.

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008 04:12:30 AM »

So cool!
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2008 05:03:15 AM »

I didn't even notice the pattern showing through until you mentioned it, and even then I think it still looks pretty cool!

« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2009 05:50:19 PM »

thanks for the idea. a friend gave me a small case that is an ugly yellow, but i can cover it now and feel good about carrying it with my sewing supplies to my quilt class.

Will love to do personal swaps, PM me.

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