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  1. Jenny Staniforth says:

    Hi Lora , Greetings from Australia ! I found your post whilst looking for info on how to refurbish a suitcase for a wedding for guests to put cards in . I need to line a suitcase with fabric and have some lovely Timeless Treasures fabric called Sakura, with cherry blossom branches on a pale cream back ground . The suitcase has strong checked paper lining which is firmly stuck in some places and a name and address with thick dark marker inside the lid . i think this will show through if I dont line the fabric, or the suitcase first , Can you give me any ideas or tips on howto mange this and line the case with fabric ?
    Many thanks


    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Hi, Jenny! Welcome! I think the idea of using an old suitcase for cards is wonderful; I helped a friend do it a couple years ago. Your cherry blossom fabric sounds lovely! I’m wondering if you could just paint the inside with a stain blocking primer first, so you have a white base. You have a couple options to attach the fabric inside: you can use a fabric glue and glue around the edges, turning the edges under a little, or you could decoupage the whole back of the fabric to the inside of the suitcase. The decoupage way is easier, but you may get some bubbles. Just use a light coat. You can always finish off around the edges with some cute fabric trim, too! Good luck! It will be a great piece to remember the special day with!

  2. What a treasure trove of suitcases you have, Lora! Great storage and restoration ideas. Thanks for sharing all of your posts with us at Vintage Charm.

    1. I have amassed quite a collection over the years, Diana! I especially love the old brown, Sound of Music types! There’s always room for one more though;)

  3. I have quite a few old suitcases too. I did have to put hanging tags on them with the contents written on them because I kept forgetting what was in each one! You have some great tips!

    1. Hang tags are a great idea, & especially because I can be so “out-of-sight, out-of-mind”! Thanks for commenting!

  4. I love old suitcases, I have a stack of them in my living room and one of the old trunks I use for a coffee table!


    1. Me too, Tania! Their textures are so beautiful and they’re great storage! Thanks for commenting! Love your blog.