Monday, February 11, 2013

Craftbotic Craft Challenge 2013: PJ's Suitcase to Craft Carrier Project

I hope you guys checked out my cushion repurpose last week for this month's Craft Challenge. For the beginner sewer you can easily make a heat pad, perfect for PMT and for the slightly more advanced, a cute little pouch to carry around your lady-products, make-up or jewellery.

Today, it's PJ from Planned in Pencil's turn to showcase her repurposed craft. As we're competing, it's always a bittersweet moment for me. My natural competitiveness makes me want to win this round of the challenge after my surprise January victory. The other half is really excited to share with you her awesome project. So without further ado, here's the lady herself:

Alright, alright, I know you've been excited about this... I mean I know I have.
 So excited in fact that I didn't know what to repurpose.
 I seriously had about 10 different projects in mind for this month's challenge.
However I'm absolutely in love with what I've created.  The best thing about this challenge is that it is absolutely 100% pushing me to do better projects.  My competition is stiff, and I've got to bring it (Rosie here.....I have to say, she's brought it!).
 This month I've repurposed a vintage suitcase.
 I often craft in other locations. I go to my mom's house to sew, or over to my sister-in-laws for a whole day of crafting and cooking.  Normally I just throw my projects in any old bag and take them over.
But, when I thrifted this fantastic vintage suitcase from the thrift store for just 2.99 I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.
 I'm obsessed with these old  hard case suitcases.  My parents have a whole set in the basement.  I'm probably going to steal them sometime.

 I was pretty bummed to see that the mirror was missing.  Those two elastic straps would have held a mirror at one point.

 There was also something spilled on the inside of the case.

 I picked up some foam and some clearance fabric that I've been drooling over for a few weeks.  I just wouldn't buy it without a purpose, or else it would simply get lumped into my ridiculous stash of fabric.
 I traced the curvature of the lid onto the foam with a sharpie and cut it out using a serrated knife from the kitchen.
 It was a tight fit, but that's exactly what I wanted.

 I created pockets in the foam by accordion folding the material over the foam before hot gluing it down.  I really would have loved to have used spray adhesive at this point but I don't have any and it's too cold outside to use an aerosol anyway.

 Then I recovered the sides of the bottom with fabric and hot glue.  The bottom is a piece of sturdy cardboard covered in fleece and then the material, also all hot glued.
 I've been really utilizing my hot glue gun a lot lately, I forgot how much I love that thing.

 It's perfect and I absolutely love it.  Enough room for a project on the go!
What are you guys repurposing this month? I can't wait to see when we link up all the great projects for the challenge this month.  We had so many cool entries last month and I hope that you'll join us again!
So there we have it: one cute suitcase transformation. I now want a mini-suitcase and time to try this project. Next week we have Anja's repurposing project. I can't wait to see what else I am going to lose to this month! My eyes are already looking forward to our March theme - something cute to wear. I have LOTS of ideas. I hope you'll bring yours and join in. 
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PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

I am so ridiculously proud of how this turned out <3

FrugalFoodieMama said...

Ummmmm... this is genius! :) Pinning now! & I am planning on going to the thrift store maybe today to look for some food photo props, so I will keep my eye out for a vintage suitcase as well! ;)

Alyx said...

This is so freaking cute!! You really are super talented and creative, Rosie!

Ochi Bernadas said...

Hey, I'm a new follower! Found you at the Monday meet-up! It showed your personality after the make over! Nice!

Follow back? :)


Alyx said...

Ooh I see. Well, Rosie... You're still creative and talented. And ditto that for PJ! I really should read more thoroughly! Lol

Doreen said...

OMG, l.o.v.e. your suitcase makeover! I have the exact same one quietly sitting on a shelf in the garage...time to get it out! Thanks for the inspiration. Now following you and pinned this fab idea.


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