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Vintage suitcase makeover

When it comes to travel I am a giant rucksack type of girl. I became addicted after I went travelling, I love the convenience and the fact that you can always find a little extra space when you find something new to buy in a far flung market – what can I say I am a hoarder and I make no apologies for it. Despite my love of the rucksack I do sometimes want to have a traditional suitcase and feel like a lady from the 1940s or 50s packing a suitcase, popping on my headscarf and driving off for a weekend away. I really want to be a character in a P G Wodehouse book, did you hear that fairy godmother.


My old suitcase from my grandma was a little tired and damaged and needed a makeover. I found vintage travel images and printed them out to stick over the scuffs on the edges but the lid of the suitcase needed some attention so I decided to cover the front with vintage fabric.

Cut the fabric just slightly larger than the front of the suitcase. Cover the back of the fabric and the suitcase with mod podge for fabric. You could use PVA instead. Stick the fabric down.

Once the glue is dry trim the excess fabric with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter. To protect the fabric and keep it water proof cover the fabric with the mod podge/PVA which will dry clear.

Enjoy your suitcase.
Take Care
Nicolette xo