Oh how I love garage sale season! All those projects just waiting to be tackled! I found this little gem at an estate sale last fall. It has been sitting patiently waiting for me to figure out what in the world I would use it for. It just reminds me of a time…

When people actually got dressed to travel on an airplane.

It was a privilege….and people were so respectful of that.

I think next time I fly I will wear a hat…why not right?!?! Let’s start that trend ok :)

So onto my little case redo…

I thought about painting it…but then the blue grew on me…

The inside was nasty…but just makeup stains. I cleaned it up good.

I decided to cover the insides with fabric. I started by making a pattern from paper to see how to cut the fabric.

I did this for the top, bottom and sides.

How fun would the polka dots be?!?! Love it with the blue!

I cut the fabric out for the top and bottom and hot glued into place…

Then I glued the side in place…

I came back and did another bottom piece to hide the seams.

She is ready for Memorial day and I right?!?!  We are taking it to the lake where it will fit in perfectly! I think I am going to use it to store video games in the kids loft space. How chic right?!?!


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. I love that vintage makeup case. Oh!, I too, can see the possiblities. What lovely carry case to bring on an airplane. We are going on vacation, can I borrow it? :)
    You are so creative! Love your blog.

  2. That came out great. I remember as a kid getting dressed up to go on an airplane. Times have changed and I'm not that old.

  3. Oh, how I remember the day…flying back and forth to college with my train case and hat box ~ always wearing a dress or suit and heels to travel! I love your ideas for the case, Tracie. My daughter acquired one a few years back, in a light cream color. She stands it open on her dresser, with all her perfume bottles on display. Have fun with it!

  4. That is absolutely adorable. The red polka dots are perfect! I think i might need to start hitting up some garage sales to see if I can find some cute photography props!

  5. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder

    I love the new lining. It really dresses the suitcase without taking away from it. Well done!

  6. Love how it turned out! The polka dots are adorable!

  7. Zemphira ~ Scatter Art.

    So cute! I love what you did with those polka dots! And believe it or not, I have that exact same makeup case in my craft room. It was my grandmothers.

  8. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    I love it! Very very nice!

  9. Darling! love those polka dots!

  10. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma


    Is that a Starline? It looks like it.

    I found a blue-gray one at a sale back in June for $2.

    Love the polka-dots…so fun!

    Hope you are well…

  11. Thank you for posting this! I have an old suitcase that I had decoupaged years ago, but I didn't know what to do with the nasty fabric inside. Since I don't sew, I think that hot glue would be perfect to use. Does it matter what type of fabric is used to line the inside?

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