Thursday, November 15, 2012

Covering a Briefcase with Fabric - a Makeover

 I have been loving the suitcase decor I have been seeing lately. So when I found a few briefcases at a yard sale for only a dollar each, I grabbed them. One I left as is and the other I covered with fabric.

Here's a the best before picture I have: You can see it was a maroon color. I spray painted the handle first.

I don't really have a tutorial on how to do this. I got some fabric mod podge and started painting it on the briefcase in the center. Then I added the fabric and smoothed it on. Then continued working on another section. I used two pieces of fabric, one for the top and one for the bottom of the briefcase. I folded the fabric kind of like you would a present, when I did the sides. I had to make a few cuts for the latches. I make an x and then folded the fabric under.

So here's my "new" briefcase decor. The bottom one is the maroon briefcase covered in fabric. The middle one I just left as is. The top piece is actually a silverware case that I got for a quarter and spray painted to match the handle of the briefcase. I have them placed by the piano and I'm using them to store piano music.

What do you think? Do you like the fabric?


  1. That fabric is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

    T'onna @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

  2. Super cute! Love the paisley and that color blue!

  3. I love this. It came out so cute. I have a link party starting tomorrow and would love to have you share it with everyone.

  4. I love your choice of fabric!

    Popped in from YGLIT.

  5. Rachel, you are a genius! I am now on the lookout for some suitcases! Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend. I'll be featuring this idea tomorrow morning! Feel free to grab a featured button, and I hope to see you back this. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I love the fabric you used and the colors. Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That" I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Oh my goodness! I just found an old briefcase yesterday while cleaning up the guestroom closet. I am so doing this!!! And to think, I almost put it in the Goodwill stack!

  8. Such a wonderful and beautiful idea!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by today to vote and sign up for my Giveaway :)

  9. These are gorgeous! LOVE! You did an amazing job!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week! :)