I have a couple of budding artists in my house, and it seems like we have projects and materials spread all over the house. I consider this a good thing- but I still wanted to contain the supplies a bit, and in a fun way.
I made this custom art suitcase out of a thrifted book.
- Hardback book with sturdy binding (Make sure your book is large enough to contain your desired supplies, like your sketchbook.)
- Felt (Colors of your choice, I used dark grey and black. You will need three sheets- one for each cover, and one for the spine and the pocket.)
- Purse Handles
- Grosgrain Ribbon (I used black)
- Sketch Book
- Watercolor Pencils
- Prismacolor® Design Drawing Set
- Fabric Adhesive (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
- Craft Knife
- Scrap chipboard (I used a cereal box)
- Non Roll Elastic
- Sewing Machine
- Stapler or Straight Pins
The first thing you will want to do is prepare your book. You will need to cut the pages out of the binding. This is easy to do, just run a craft knife down the sides of the inside cover. Go slowly, so you don’t damage the binding.
The next step is making chipboard backing for the inside covers, and the book spine. These do not have to be perfect, they will be wrapped in felt. They are just to give the felt some stability when you glue it into place.
Cut the chipboard pieces slightly smaller than the covers, and the spine. This will leave some wiggle room for the felt to fit without hanging over the edges of the book.
Lay the chipboard over the felt, and trim- leaving enough felt around the perimeter to wrap.
Then, use a sewing machine to stitch the perimeter.
Then choose how you would like to design your art case.
I wanted to include pencils and a sketch book.
Lay out where you would like your materials to be, and add elastic.
I used elastic on the top and bottom of my sketch book to hold it in place.
Yep. A stapler. I have never professed to be an award winning seamstress, but hey- it gets the job done!
I repeated the same process to add my pencil holder. I marked lines with a pencil every 1/2 inch along the elastic, to house each pencil individually.
I simply trimmed my felt to size, and folded it towards the back.
Place your finished covers inside the book, and mark where you would like the handles to be- making sure they line up together. Then cut four 4″ sections of grosgrain ribbon.
Now you are ready to secure the covers to the inside of the book.
Then you are ready to add your supplies: