Sunday, August 19, 2012

Too Cute Suitcase Makeover

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The suitcase that I saved from the garbage has a new look now.  Here is what it looked like before.

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I wound up spray painting it with Heirloom White as a base.  It was looking better already!

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I decided to add some fabric to the outside of the case and chose these two fabrics from fabric.com.

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I think these fabrics are just adorable!  Vintage looking dolls {cream background} and the other one is the clothes and accessories {pink background}.  I know some big girls who would love these fabrics!

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I still wanted to make it over for my granddaughter but rather than make it an overnight case for when she comes to my house, I decided to make it a case for her dolls.  I figured this would provide plenty of room for the baby dolls and their clothes and things.  Here is the inside before.

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I used Outdoor Mod Podge because I couldn’t find the Fabric one and I thought the Outdoor might hold up better.  I slathered it on the front/top of the case and I also put some on the back of my fabric {that was already cut to size and ironed}. 

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I did the back/bottom the same way, making sure I got the most dolls I could from the pattern onto both sides.  This fabric went so well with the Heirloom White color. 

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Then I felt like the sides needed just a little something, but I didn’t want to fool around with fabric in such a narrow area.  To cutify the sides, I wound up cutting individual dolls out and I attached them to the sides with Mod Podge the same way.

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This one reminds me of my granddaughter with the curly blonde hair and blue eyes.

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For the inside, I cut my fabric to size for the inside of the top and bottom.  I took the sections out as I realized they wouldn’t work with the inside of the case covered with fabric, which is just as well.

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I hot glued the edges of the fabric to the edges of the case, turning the fabric down a little bit for a more finished edge.  I added this pink and white adhesive backed trim to the edges to hide what needed hiding.  It worked really well with the pink background in this fabric.

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Here are some views of the whole thing completed.

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And with a few of the things I have at my house for my granddaughter just to check for fit. 

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The big doll was my daughter’s when she was little, but that won’t stay in here.  Most of her baby dolls are the size of the smaller one.

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I really think this is adorable and hopefully it will also work to keep her dolls and their accessories neat and organized. 

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Linking up with:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Air Your Laundry Friday at Freckled Laundry

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo

40 comments:

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness! What a cute as can be suitcase. Your transformation is fabulous!

Cozy Little House said...

Very cute!
Brenda

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is adorable!

Debby said...

It is adorable. Love that fabric. Reminds me of the Campbell SOup kids.

Moonlyf said...

I love this! You're granddaughter is one lucky lady. :-)

Carmen

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

now that is TOO SWEET.. any little girl would be thrilled to have it..

you did GOOD~!

Sherry said...

I love the transformation. I have a couple of small suitcases and some fabric and several granddaughters. I will have to be on the look out for more suitcases. Thanks for sharing your project.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

This is precious! I love it! This is an amazing transformation!

Debbiedoo's said...

Those are darling!~ I love the pattern.

NanaDiana said...

Kathy- That is cute as can be- She is going to love it! That fabric is just darling- xo Diana

Creative Wings Boutique said...

I absolutely ADORE this ...hugs

terry said...

Where did you find the fabric? So cute!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I was wondering what you might end up doing with that piece. Very cute.

Ruby Jean said...

Oh isn't this just so VERY sweet. I LOVE it!!!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Oh Wow Kathy! You made this case into such an adorable treasure! I love the vintage looking fabric you used...it is the perfect touch! Your granddaughter is going to love it! My daughter would have loved this when she was little! Angie xo

Jo's Family Creates Now! said...

What a great idea! Absolutely adorable! ...as usual!!

Michele Alger said...

This post is appropriately titled! I would love to do the same thing to a trunk I have sitting around waiting for a change. I knew I wanted to modge podge it, I just didn't know how. Love how your suitcase turned out!

Controlling My Chaos said...

Your granddaughter is going to love it, Kathy. What a great solution for storing her dolls.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is just the cutest ever. What a great idea. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Twice Nice said...

Kathy that is darling! Love the way you transformed it into something special for your granddaughter! The fabric choices are adorable.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

What an adorable redo! I know your grand will love this. That fabric is just perfect for her dolls too. So cute!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is so cute. You are such a good grandmother to make that. Love that fabric.

Pamela said...

That turned out super cute Kathy!!

Okio B Designs said...

Oh my gosh, soooooo cute! This big girl wishes she had one too.
=)

J

Michele said...

You are so right, it is adorable. You did a fantastic job on that tired little suitcase, giving it a new lease on life!

Kristens Creations said...

How adorable Kathy! Your grandaughter will love it I'm sure!

I hope you're right! I don't think I'll have any trouble with Chase in his teen years as long as he remains friends with good kids. He doesn't like sports and most of his friends do, so sometimes he feels left out. He's more into computers, chess and flying his RC plane. The two boys he had most in common with moved away. Thanks for the encouragement! I'm glad you didn't have any trouble with your son. I think girls are worse...I know I had my moments when I was a teenager. =0

I have been crazy busy with the swags. I have several custom orders I'm working on now. I have posted some in my store but they sell really quickly...before I can let anyone know! lol...I would be glad to make you one or I can let you know when more are posted. Just let me know...I am so pleased with my cute little towel and will post about on my blog. I am starting the mantle (when I get a chance) and then move on to other areas. I'm so ready for fall...it's been a long hot summer here.

Have a great day!

Jodie said...

That is adorable. The fabric is the cutest. Way to go on your trash to treasure.

Jaye @ Just Trying to Make Cents of it All! said...

That's adorable! The outside is cute enough but the inside is outrageous!!! Thanks for sharing! I'll be heading to the thrift store looking for a cute little suitcase like this!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh! This is so sweet!

Gail said...

That little suite case is so adorable Kathy! I bet your granddaughter will love it!! I gave you a shout-out for helping me decide on a stain color....I just posted it. Thanks again and hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather.

lynn said...

the fabric is so perfect, kathy! charming makeover:)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh...That is sooo cute!! I bet that will be an heirloom, great job and great eye...I love it!

Carol

missy said...

It's adorable..reminds me of a Dr who had travel stickers all over his "case" that looked just like that..

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

As you said...this suitcase is way too cute...I am sure she will love filling the suitcase for her visits to Grandma's house!!....Love it Kathy!

Laura said...

That's the cutest suitcase I ever saw. Love that fabric. I loved to play with paper dolls waaaayyy back in the day. I bet your granddaughter will love playing with it for many happy hours at Grandma's house. Thanks for sharing.

Domestic Sweetheart said...

I heart your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

Suzy said...

Hello Kathy! I'm hopping over from Freckled Laundry~Air Your Laundry Friday to see your fantastic project! I <3 the fabric and the great storage idea for grand's dollies and clothing. So cute! Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you will take a moment to come visit me.

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Kathy, I'm in love with this cute suitcase! Great job!
I'm not exactly a girl but I would like this for me! It would match with my vintage children's dishes and storybooks...
Besos and congratulations from Argentina! Silvina.

freckled laundry said...

That is darling!!! I love the fabric you chose. I have a couple of vintage suitcase laying around...you just inspired me to use one for Edyn's doll clothes.

John West said...

Awesome makeover. That very cute.

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