Sunday, 2 November 2014

Vintage suitcase sewing box DIY- Starting the lining


For this part of the DIY you will need:

  • A suitcase
  • 1m of fabric (at the most)
  • A few sheets of newspaper
  • PVA glue
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Tape measure 
  • A pen
  • An old paintbrush and an old toothbrush
  • Water
  • Babywipes/ a wet cloth (optional)



As you can see, the inside of the case was scruffy and the lining was tatty and really needed replacing. There was also a lot of dust around the corners of the base and it was covered in scrawls of pen. Here are the steps to how I got along with the base and lid relining.


  1. Remove the current lining (if the case has some). I started by cutting into it but soon discovered that I was able to pull the lining straight away from the edges, this was the easiest method. 
  2. Use a small brush (or old toothbrush) to clean any dirt out of the edges of the case.
  3. I also used a babywipe to clean up the edges of the case, but this is optional depending on the condition of your case.
  4. To make a pattern for the base lining, lie a sheet of the newspaper into the case and draw around the base with the pen. Cut it out and put it back into the case to check it fits perfectly.
  5. Pin the newspaper pattern to the fabric and cut it out, leaving an inch on each edge so the joins aren't visible when you add the side panels of lining.
  6. Mix 'mod podge' to use as an adhesive. The recipe I use to make mod podge is one part PVA glue to a third of a part water, alternatively you can use a hot glue gun.
  7. Spread the glue onto one part of the case bottom and start sticking down the fabric. The glue dries fairly quickly so take your time and glue the lining down part by part. See the below photos for help.


Yes, I did wear a Totoro onesie for the whole of this DIY...


 8. My suitcase lid was the same dimensions as the base, so I used the same pattern and just repeated step 7, but if your case isn't the same size at the base and the lid, then repeat steps 4, 5, and 7.


Here is a photo of my case with the base and lid lining in place. If you have a go at making your own case share it with me on social media! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.



Happy crafting!


Holly Olivia x


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