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DIY: Suitcase to Craft Case

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY: Suitcase to Craft Case


Back in April, I began searching for an old suitcase to turn into a craft case.

Some time after that, my friend Katie found this gem at Goodwill for $8, and I told her to grab it!



It's been sitting in the closet for a while, and I finally got around to transforming it. I decided to leave the outside as-is, because I kind of dig the vintage blue.

On the inside, I didn't have to do much work. I cut the straps out, but I left the divider and the cloth sections since they were in good shape and functional for my storage needs. 

It didn't really need a lining, but when I spotted this houndstooth duct tape at the craft store,a light bulb went off and I knew I had to have it.


















































For organization, I picked up these plastic food containers from Dollar Tree.
























I wanted to affix the containers with Velcro, so they wouldn't move around when the case was closed. But, I could still remove them entirely to get at their contents easily.

So, I cut a strip of self-adhesive Velcro to fit the length of each container.  I found it easiest to put both sides on the container first.

Then, press the container into the case where you want it to be stuck. This will affix the bottom Velcro to the case.


Once all the containers are attached with Velcro, you're done!

As you can see, I ran out of duct tape before I was totally finished. So, I chose that side to be covered in containers, since it would be less noticeable.

Now, it's time to fill it up. My case is still pretty empty, I guess it's time to do some more shopping!





Linking up: live.laugh.rowe, The 36th Avenue, The Shabby Creek Cottage, How To Nest For Less, Uncommon Designs 
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11 Comments:

At June 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

Really great idea! I love the duct tape. The Velcro idea is so good.

 
At June 22, 2012 at 2:44 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

Thanks!

 
At June 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM , Blogger KCoake said...

What a cute idea! The velcro idea is genius...will make it so much easier to keep it organized.

 
At June 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM , Blogger flowermolly said...

I love this so creative and handy. Keep crafting.

 
At June 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Kasey Campos said...

Wow I am going to do this! Great idea
http://mylifeonthedivide.blogspot.com/

 
At June 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM , Blogger Kim Sasse said...

What a great idea. I love how it turned out. Would love for you to share at my link party. Hope to see you there :)

http://www.thesasselife.com/2012/06/crafty-sasse-wednesday-link-party-41.html

 
At June 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Thank you!

 
At June 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Of course! Thanks.

 
At June 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

I'd love to see your version. :)

 
At June 27, 2012 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

Thanks for stopping by!

 
At June 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

What a great idea! I love the houndstooth patterned tape with the blue... so cute! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

Take care,

Trish

 

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