Stretching Pennies: Vintage Suitcase display

Good afternoon all,

This week will be a continuation of my new series; Stretching Pennies. I started out last week talking about my awesome trip to Thift shop adventure throughout my area. This week I want to highlight my new craft show display from vintage luggage.

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Here is the suit case. I picked this bad baby up from a yard sale within walking distance of my house for a meager $2.00. After leaving it open and cleaning the inside several times it was clean enough to start working with.

The first thing I did was rip out the pockets and place stuffing in the bottom of the case.


After mutilating a $3.00 Walmart pillow (cheaper than buying a bag of stuffing), I cut out a piece of coordinating fabric and laid it on top of the stuffing.


You can make it as poofy as you would like. I make mine somewhat puffy, but it could have been puffier. Next heat up the glue gun. Glue around the top and bottom edges of the luggage first. Like so:

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Next I cut out some pretty lace to hold things in on windy days and add to the prettiness of the overall display.


Lastly I added a piece of lace across the top like so:


This is how it looked when full of E-reader cases:


All together this display piece costs were

Vintage luggage $2.00

Stuffing $3.00

Fabric (also thrifted) $.025

Lace (given to me) $0.00

Hot glue sticks $0.25

Total cost $5.50

How are you stretching your pennies?

Have a great Sunday!



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