I picked this suitcase up at a thrift store for $1.00. It’s just an old cardboard suitcase, nothing special. When I opened it up it was stained and discolored all over. And it smelled like it had been sitting in a damp storage area for about 652 years.
I decided to reline the suitcase with cute fabric. This was a fairly quick and inexpensive project, and could easily be tackled in a weekend. Want to know how?
– A suitcase. My powers of observation are unrivaled.
– Some sort of fabric glue
(affiliate link). NOT
the stuff that’s temporary, like some spray adhesives; you want good strong glue.
– 1 yard of fabric
– 8 yards bias tape or ribbon (optional)
– Hot glue gun (optional)
I forgot to take a photo of everything needed, but below are the bias tape, fabric, and glue that I used.
First, rip out the old lining of your suitcase. This is grody and thoroughly unpleasant.
Next, measure the inside of the suitcase. Cut out two pieces of fabric that will fit to those measurements – one piece for the top, and one piece for the bottom. I cut the fabric generously, with plenty of overhang.
Begin gluing the fabric into the case. Start at the bottom seam, and apply a thin bead of glue all along one side.
Note: A lot of suitcases (this one included) had a thin layer of cotton underneath the original lining. You can put a layer of cotton batting in if desired. I skipped this step.
Press the fabric into the glue. Repeat on the remaining sides, tugging the fabric taut as you go. (I glued one side, waited 30 minutes, then glued another, waited 30 minutes, etc. It’s important for the glue to have a chance to set before you glue the other sides into place.)
When the glue has dried, glue the top edge. If your case has a metal band around the top, which I’m going to assume it does, glue right underneath that band. Again, pull the fabric taut as you go and give the glue time to set before gluing each side. When you get to a corner you can either cut the fabric from bottom to top and glue it flat, or just fold it over on itself and glue it into place.
When the glue has dried, trim any overhang. I cut the excess fabric by carefully cutting along the bottom of the metal band using a utility knife.
Repeat these steps to do the top of the suitcase.
If you would like to add trim, use the hot glue gun (or more fabric glue) to glue the bias tape or ribbon into place. Cover every seam.
Easy peasy! This case will probably be used for extra storage in my closet, but it’s almost a shame to pack away something so cute, right?