tutorial tuesday: vintage suitcase to craft show display
A few months ago I decided to apply for my first craft show and so the mad dash began. I knew I wanted to display my brooches, trivets & tie cases in a vintage suitcase. I started off by searching for a tutorial and came up with nothing. I’ve wanted to do a tutorial for a long time, so it only made sense that this would be my first. So bear with me and feel free to ask questions if something doesn’t make sense
1 vintage suitcase (make sure it stays open without tipping over)
1/2 yard of burlap (you may need more or less depending on the size of the suitcase)
staple gun & staples
ready, set, go…
Start off by removing the sagging pockets that you won’t need (or you could just leave yours if they are in good shape). I used my scissors to snip the stitching around the pockets on the bottom only and then gently pulled and snipped as needed. Fortunately the pot holders I’ll be displaying inside it will cover the holes left.
I picked up a cheapo $5 cork board not the foam that is $30 a yard. Better yet pick up a cork board from a thrift shop or yard sale. Next, pull the edges off the cork board (sorry I forgot to take pics of this step). Set your suitcase on top of the cork and trace it with your marker. This will give you a basic shape to cut out with your utility knife & ruler. I had to trim my cork board a couple of times to make sure it fit inside the lid.
Once you have the corkboard trimmed to the right shape, lay the burlap down and place the cork board face down on top of it.
Trim the excess burlap around the staples to reduce the amount of bulk and weight in the lid when it is open.
See wasn’t that easy! Let me know what you think or if you have any ideas.