Vintage luggage covered in international travel stickers is about iconic as it gets for me- at least in my dreamy, old-movie imagination.
And in the spirit of Christmas-ornament-making during this time of year, I decided to create my own vintage suitcases that could be hung on my tree.
I’m an Altoid fan- the green spearmint ones are my favorite- and the tins are the perfect size and shape for a suitcase ornament! So I hit up my local fabric store and raided the remnants section (they were 75% off!) and the clearance bolts (50% off!) and found swatches of microfiber and upholstery fabric that were very luggage-y. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Covering the tins in fabric is easy once you know the corner the trick. And the hot glue gun is your BFF for this project.
To start, cut a rectangle of fabric out (larger than tin) and hot glue the tin to the fabric. Then, trim all four edges so that the ends cover at least half of the tin.
Roughly, you’ll likely end up with rectangles that are 4¾” X 3½” and you can trim further from there, if need be.
Then, make snips (8 in total) at each corner of the fabric like so.
Hot glue the flaps along each straight edge of the tin.
Fold the corner tab over and trim the tip so that it has a straight edge in line with the already-glued flaps. Then hot glue the corner tabs into place.
Do the same on the other side of the tin, and it’ll be covered quite delightfully.
Now the fun part- embellishments!
I like to add “straps” to my little suitcase with ribbon, adding some slack at the top for a handle.
But the best part?? The itty-bitty travel labels!! And I know what you’re thinking- where on Earth did I find those? Well, I found them on Etsy! This is the downloadable set that I purchased and printed for myself.
And the finished product? PURE LOVE. When you weren’t looking, I went ahead and made a few others. Now I can’t decide which one is my favorite!
This is the perfect gift for a traveling friend, an ornament exchange party, or something to do at a craft party! Now, what else can I turn into mini-luggage?