I have been forced to launch another new 'shop' - in an even more battered suitcase than before!!!!
This was done whilst keeping one ear (listening) on the Olympics - yes I know it shows....
Top tip - keep all scraps, no matter how teeny tiny. These were all gleaned from my basket of 'teeny scraps' (as opposed to the baskets of 'bigger scraps' and the one of 'bigger than before scraps'). So the usual hotch potch of randomness - best not think about too hard don't you think?
A mix of embroideries and lace and fabrics and buttons and trim
The outer perimeter has a mix of vintage Sanderson and a bit of David Whitehead! Who knew! It all looks wobbly because the suitcase is wobbly...
Inside is festooned with some old Ladybird illustrations (at this stage in the proceedings I had not finished it).
Ideal for storing Ladybird books!!!
So now I can tell you the 'before' story. At approximately 16.10 I decided that I would very much like to adorn a suitcase with some vintage Beatrix Potter fabric that I have. I searched for little case that I thought I still had...blast I remembered that I had given it away. Mmmmm. Left the house at 16.19....walked for five minutes in a north-easterly direction to arrive at 'The shop that opens more than it used to' just before closing time. Little chat and 'would you happen to have an old little suitcase...it does not matter how beaten up it is'. A short rummage and there it was - and it would cost one of our British pounds. Mmmmm - probably worth 50p....16.35 arrive back home triumphant with a battered suitcase.
I used tape to mend all the corners
Smothered it all with PVA glue and applied random snippets
I am going to fashion an embroidered 'belt' with vintage buckle to keep it all together.
What I lurrrrrvvvvreeee about making things yourself is that this is the only one in the widey world - unique, one of a kind, one off, one and only, never to be repeated. Please let us start a club for re-covered and recovered suitcases!
Oh and recovered/re-covered knitting boxes whilst we are at it!
Keeps me happy!