If you’ve had a chance to check out Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture, a new Creating Keepsakes magazine special issue, you know that adding a unique texture to your layouts using fabric can be fun and creative. The same can be said for organizing your fabric stash.
This idea, taken from this issue’s “Stash It” column, proves that organizing those textured treats can be both functional and stylish by altering a train case (small, hard suitcase).
Here’s how you can transform a vintage train case into a crafter’s tool box to envy using just a few fabric scraps and some decoupage glue:
Step 1: Make sure your suitcase is clean. I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which worked really well.
Step 2: Cut your fabric pieces into squares and rectangles that you can piece onto the train case.
Note: You can add to the quilted effect by stitching around the outer edges of your fabric pieces, but you can definitely skip this step and still get a great end result.
Step 3: Position your fabric pieces on your suitcase until you have them how you want them; note the position and set the fabric aside.
Step 4: Add decoupage to your suitcase and position your fabric, smoothing out any air bubbles; allow glue to dry.
Step 5: Apply at least one coat of decoupage glue to top of fabric to secure everything in place.
Now you can store your fabric in this case. It will keep your stash clean, organized, and easy to transport. Bonus: If your train case has a lift-out tray, use it to contain sewing notions (buttons, pins, twine, etc.).
Win Your Own Fabric Stack
What’s your favorite scrapbooking texture, and how do you go about organizing said item? Leave a comment between now and this Friday, March 3, for a chance to win a brand new stack of stunning fabrics from Anna Griffin. And even if your comment isn’t randomly selected, I may use your idea in a future “Stash It” column!
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor