As you may know, I have a thing for vintage luggage. A while back, I bought a set of three, ugly, vintage suitcases for $5.00 on Kijiji, an on-line classified site in Canada.
If only the seller could see them now! They’re all renovated with a fab aqua Sunbrella fabric. I also nixed the bland grey exterior with a fresh coat of vanilla. You might have seen my original post here . It was actually one of my most popular posts ever (thank you everyone) !
It’s always fun to incorporate vintage into the craft room. I keep my die cuts and Big Shot in them. All tidy and out of sight.
When I knew I’d be able to celebrate with my dear friend Alys (of Gardening Nirvana) on her birthday, I started thinking, “what can I make?” That’s when I spotted this vintage train case at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall in Edmonton. I just knew it’d be the perfect thing to personalize just for her. The original interiors actually weren’t in too bad of shape, all be it, boring and faded. They simply would NOT do for my sweet friend, no no no, not at all !!
But after Boomdee was finished with it, the interiors went from, “meh” to this…….
I wanted to share this awesome little trick I use for measuring the interior lid and bottom of vintage luggage. I learned this trick in a lampshade making class. Simply press a piece of aluminum foil into the bottom of your luggage, scoring into the corners and down the sides. Lift out your foil and trim to your scored edges. Test pattern for accuracy.
You’ve now created a perfect pattern for cutting your new materials. I use this pattern piece to mark and cut the new cardboard liners and fabric inserts.
Remember to mark and cut the FABRIC 1/4 inch larger than your tin pattern (more on why in my next post). Come on back Friday to learn a few more tricks to refurbishing your own vintage luggage finds.
Alys can now travel in style to her next weekend get-away, use it in her own office or even come see me 😉 I just couldn’t help myself, vintage style makes you smile.