This is a project that has been on my radar for years- making a pet bed from a vintage suitcase. Finding all the right elements has never been the problem- the problem has been finding the right elements at the right price!
Well, I’m happy to say that it all recently came together! You may recall from this trip that I had found these four salvaged furniture legs.
And then the Gods of Vintage came together and their rusty, chippy stars aligned because on the trip home from Nashville, I found this green American Tourister Escort suitcase (circa 1960s) at my favorite vintage shop in Knoxville.
Clearly I was meant to have a green theme. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So, first things first- I broke out my drill and put four holes in the bottom half of the suitcase for the furniture feet.
Then I just used four random screws to attach the feet- gotta love using up some hoarded hardware!
The tricky part (for me) was figuring out how to keep the lid open securely without buying any more parts. Hurray for Google! I stumbled across this DIY Pet Bed tutorial in which this blogger used string to keep it open. So if you looked closely at the previous pic, you may have noticed two additional drill holes next to the back legs (near the hinges, which are unfortunately out of frame). I also drilled two corresponding holes through the top of the case.
But instead of using yarn, string or twine, I snipped out the ribbon “straps” that were already part of the luggage interior- previously used to hold folded clothing in place. But they worked PERFECTLY for this new task.
…And I do apologize for the inferior photos in this post…I just couldn’t seem to get the lighting right!
Once the ribbons were knotted inside each hole and were snugly in place, I took an old bed pillow and a charming thrifted pillowcase and tucked it inside- voilà! A pet bed!
Well…next to it is close enough (for now)…