Besides seizing the chance to exercise the ol’ crafting muscle, what I’ve always enjoyed about making a gift is, it provides the opportunity to craft a one-of-a-kind item. Given this, your project is only limited by your imagination and what could be any more fun for an avid crafter? I’m honestly not sure who gets more out of these projects, me or the recipient. LOL.
What I’ve always done first is shop for new interior fabric. I really like the outdoor furniture cottons. They’re treated for spills, are water-resistant, durable, sturdy and easy to sew. I enjoy using two coordinating fabrics but there are no rules. I bought 1 meter of each to do a Train Case and had extra for accessories. (For specifics on sewing interiors, just drop me an email. I’ve prepared detailed instructions just for you).
I bought my project fabric locally but I saw these four at Sailrite on line. Aren’t they divine? Now, would you pick the floral collection A, Caribbean Blue by P Kaufmann or the shell collection B, Low Tide Caribbean by Waverly?
Like any successful project, careful preparation goes a long way. This is the tedious, non-creative part 😦 but essential. While it looked pretty clean when I bought it, surprisingly, it wasn’t. After ripping out the interior, I cleaned the outside thoroughly with Vim Cleanser. I ended up with a pretty dirty wash cloth.
Notice how Blossum hasn’t moved an inch 😀
Mask all the hardware and trim you don’t wish to paint. Do take your time and mask carefully, you’ll be happy you did. This particular Train Case had nice chrome trims. I simply cleaned them up with a white Mr Clean sponge BEFORE masking.
Ready to paint? I used white leather shoe spray by Tana on the entire case. They dry fast and wear well. I bought two cans at my local shoe repair shop.
I also decided to add two stripes to co-ordinate with the fabrics inside. The sea-foam colour is Krylon – Sea Glass and I’m already looking for something else to paint with it. I just love this colour (oops, right, it’s not about me, it’s a gift).
Using painters tape and plastic bags, I masked off the rest of the Train Case. I repeated the process twice to use two colours. Why not customize the handle too? I’ve since found out you can buy car pinstripe in different widths, which might be a fun option and an easy way to vary the width of your stripes. Maybe next time 😀
Since I had refurbished vintage luggage for myself before, I felt comfortable making a new one for Alys. But this was a gift and I really wanted to personalize it JUST FOR HER. Pop back next Wednesday to learn how to make personalized, permanent labels for your own projects. Have a great weekend!