Saturday, September 11, 2010

Paris here we come tutorial

Bonjour, today I have a tutorial for you lovely ladies! I saw this beautiful suit case over at The Shabby Tea Room blog back in July. I then went on a rampage looking for a template or tutorial with no success...sooo I decided to make my own tutorial.
Once, someone told me that the reason I make beautiful projects is because I buy all my embellishment.  Well,  today I'm proving that person wrong because I've made all the embelishments for this suit case.  A beautiful flower (that will be another tutorial coming soon), a grunge tag, my very own distressed vintage ribbon (this will also be a tutorial coming soon) and of course the suit case itself.
I wanted my suit case to have a French feel to it and I think I achieved the desired effect.
I hope you enjoy making one or more of these beautiful suit cases and be kind enough to leave me a comment to encourage new tutorials...

Au revoir!

Now for the tutorial:

Here's what you will need:
2 sheets of 12x12 paper
Paper Cutter
Bone folder tool
Ink Pad
Laces, Ribbons, Buttons, Tag, Floss and a pretty flower.
Optional: Velcro and a hinge or metal piece to act as a lock, 8 circles of coordinating paper folded in quarters for all corners.

Step 1: You can mix and match your paper
Cut- 2 pieces measuring 6x7
4 pieces of 2x7
4 pieces of 2x6
1 piece of 1.25 x 6 round the corners (optional)

Step 2: Using your ruler and pencil mark 1/4 inch of all the sides on the 6x7 pieces. Fold using your bone folder tool. Also, mark 1/4 on the 2x7 and 2x6 pieces along the narrow sides and fold with your bone folder tool. These tabs will be used for adhering all the parts together.

Step 3: Cut the small square that forms when you mark and fold all the sides of the 6x7 squares.

Step 4: Glue all the pieces together using the tabs we created. Now you have two boxes.

Step 5: Adhere lace vertically and lace or trim around each of your boxes. Inside and outside so they can look pretty once it opens.

Step 6: Cut a 6 inch piece of ribbon. Seal the ends with a lighter. Apply to both of the boxes, half on the top box and half on the bottom box.
Tip: Give a little room for the ribbon to flex so glue a little under half.

Step 7: Bend and shape the 1.25x6 piece of paper to resemble the handle. Adhere on the side you have chosen to have the handle.

Step 8: Now for the fun part, embellish your suitcase. I embellished mine with two vintage buttons and my very own vintage bias tape, I also made a beautiful tag and a flower made with stamped Muslin fabric, vintage jewelry and lace.

I hope I've made things pretty clear but if anyone has any questions don't hesitate to email me and I will try to help you.

Thanks for your comments they mean so much to me.

Para mis amigas hispanas por favor usen el translador locado en la parte de arriba. Gracias por sus comentarios!


Tanya said...

Yours looks beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial, I am gonna give it a try!

♥Silvana♥ said...


dora mendez said...

hola leslie me encanto , esta maleta ya la estoy haciendo gracias por el tutorial, esta muy facil..... al rato te paso las fotos, que bonitas ideas

Carolynscrapbook said...

Hi Leslie is beautiful, I like, thanks for the tutorial.

Anna Gala said...

Wow leslieeeee, tu siempre tan Divina jajaja!!! :) el tuto te quedo super bieeeen explicado! ;)
Gracias por mostrarnos las cosas tan bellas que haces :)

bluucaca said...

Wow Leslie you really out done yourself on this so Pretty love can't what some more tuturails on your projects.

Carito said...

Hola Leslie pero que bella valijita me encantó!

Anna Gala said...

leslieeee yo de nuevo, ya sabes ahora que hago digisellitos!! jajaja pues avisame y te hago uno muy girly o vintage o tu me dices como que se te antoja!! ;)

PD estare poniendo algunos de regalito!!

smartre said...

This suitcase is absolutely gorgeous! Whoever made that comment about using purchased embellishments was not very nice! You not only proved them wrong, but purchased or homemade, it has to be artistically done, and you defintely are an ARTIST!

Tanya said...

GORGEOUS!!! The tutorial is easy to understand .. LOVE IT!!! I will try this ONE DAY!!! Have a million projects going on.. Would make a GREAT gift box!!

Hugs.. Tanya

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