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Traveling with Meadow: A Suitcase Tutorial


Hello sewers,

We have an awesome tutorial for you from our designer Leah Duncan, who designed Meadow! She’s teaching us how to revamp vintage suitcases! It’s a relatively simple tutorial, and it doesn't take up too much of your time!

This makeover will give your suitcase a fresh, modern look!

So, here we go…


List of materials:

  • Vintage suitcase
  • Basting spray
  • Old I.D or credit card that you can use to tuck-in fabric through a thin opening.
  • Pencil
  • 2 pieces of fabric or pieced together fabric rectangles that are at least 2" wider (on all sides) than the width and length of your suitcase 

(Note: This tutorial uses a vintage suitcase with an overlapping rim on the face of the suitcase. This is important because it's what you will tuck the edges of your fabric into.)

Step 1

Iron the fabric for the first side of your suitcase and place it face down on a flat surface. Place your suitcase on top of the fabric and trace with a pencil about 1" beyond the edge of your suitcase onto the fabric. The extra 1" will be what you tuck into your suitcase so it's best to go wider than thinner while tracing it.

Step 2

Cut out the fabric where you've traced it.

Step 3

Spray the back of your fabric with basting spray and lay it flat on the top of your suitcase, smoothing out any wrinkles or air pockets.

Step 4

Using the old I.D and starting at one corner, tuck the edge of the fabric into your suitcase. Do this all the way around your suitcase until all edges are tucked in.

Step 5

Trim away any excess fabric that is peeking out of the rim of your suitcase or is too thick to tuck in.

Step 6

Repeat on the other side of your suitcase.




Thank you Leah for this great tutorial!

If you guys have any questions or suggestions, please write a comment below :)