Hare today, Gone tomorrow!

Our baskets have been selling SUPER fast!  I guess it’s because that special Bunny is going to be visiting soon.  That, and we were featured on Etsy Finds for the first time!  If you’re not familiar with Etsy Finds, it’s a daily email from Etsy that features a variety of “hot” items around specific themes.  You can sign up for it here. (look at the bar to the right and fill in your email address).

This weekend we’ll be photographing our New Spring Collection, so be on the lookout for it soon!

Verdibou’s Got Baskets!

Need a basket?  We’ve got some!  I added 4 listings this evening for some old vintage baskets, perfect for taking to the Farmer’s Market or for an Easter Gift for that special little one.  Click on the pictures to go to the listings.

And have a great Monday, Y’all!

Tuesday’s Treasury {Come 2 Play! Pink & Yellow Playroom}

‘Come 2 Play! Playroom in Pinks & Yellow.’ by VerdiBou


Children Wall Sticker Wall D…

$128.00

Large Vintage Robbins & Myer…

$95.00

Ivory Leg Mid Century Modern…

$550.00

Baby Bunting in pink on pink…

$30.00

Yellow Wood Shelf Storage Or…

$115.00

Elephant Clock – Modern Anim…

$68.00

Hot Pink Mobile

$45.00

Pair of Mid Century Krueger …

$140.00

4.5ft YUMMI Round Felt Rug 1…

$399.99

Nursery Art — Print Flying …

$10.00

alphabet pillow

$48.00

Children’s Wooden Foldin…

$22.00

Table and Two Chairs- The Ch…

$648.00

SALE – Gray Chunky Knitted …

$43.00

Modern Alphabet – 11 x 14 – …

$25.00

Eco Felt Owl Plush Softie To…

$24.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Process {Re-upholstering Vintage Luggage}

As promised, here’s a quick rundown of what it takes to re-upholster vintage luggage.  It’s relatively easy but takes quite a bit of time due to the precision needed in order to have it look professional.  First & foremost, assess the interior of your suitcase.  Some vintage luggage is in good shape!  Our hat box didn’t need re-upholstering because the interior still looks great.  For the sake of being sustainable and not jeopardizing the value of your vintage find, you should leave it as close to its original condition as you can.  However, because of the very nature of luggage, many vintage pieces are pretty scary inside with stains and odors.  We’re talking 30+ years of use…there’s bound to be a few shampoo spills in a suitcase’s life span.  That’s when re-upholstering can really bring new life to your luggage!

So rip out that old interior lining and pick out a fun new fabric!  You’ll be left with a wooden shell that looks something like this.  Pay close attention to the old fabric and how it was originally attached.  I’ve learned a lot just by analyzing the upholstery during “deconstruction.”

Assess the amount of fabric you’ll need and think about how many pieces it will take.  This particular suitcase only took 4 pieces of fabric, cut to size.  The other 2 that I’ve re-upholstered have taken 6, but the lid on this one is very shallow and so it only needed 1 piece, without side pieces.  The lower portion of the suitcase, however, is much deeper.  It will take one piece in the center and 2 for the sides.

For the sake of brevity, I’m hoping these photos will explain more than words.  (I hate reading long instructions!!) Here are the basics.  Cut the fabric pieces to the appropriate length and width, adding 2-3 inches on each side.  This extra fabric will be folded under and stapled to the wooden structure.  I find it easiest to iron the pieces so that the edges make a crisp line along the perimeter of the suitcase.  During this process, I’m continually laying the fabric in place to make sure it’s going to fit perfectly.

Then it’s time to pin and staple!  If you have a helper, you don’t need to clamp the fabric in place, extra hands are very valuable (but not always available!)  Before stapling, I cut 1 inch strips of card stock and put that at the very edge of the folded fabric.  Again, this helps maintain that crisp edge, and is a trick I discovered when ripping out the original lining. It also allows you to staple farther away from the actual edge of the suitcase which usually has metal fittings that the staples won’t go through.  😉

Make sure to find the smallest staples you can, these suitcases are not very thick and you don’t want sharp staples sticking out of your suitcase!  Once one side is stapled, I clamp the other side in place and work underneath the fabric, stapling the other side.  The depth of the suitcase allows for this slack in the fabric.  The lid of this suitcase was not deep at all, so I was only able to staple one side and used upholstery tacks on the remainder.

Now, only the sides remain.  For this suitcase, I decided to add 1″ foam to the sides to give it a little cushion.  The upholstery tacks that I’ve been able to find are longer than my staples, so having thicker sides helps the tacks not go all the way through the suitcase.

Cut the foam to size and wrap the fabric around it like a present.  I usually secure it with staples or tape.  Then I place the upholstery tacks at each corner and typically one in the center.  Once in place, hammer the tacks until they are secure in the wood.  This leaves a nice tufted look to the sides.

And voila!  Your updated luggage is ready for use, travel or otherwise. 😉

This was a quick tutorial, let me know if you have any questions!

 

Update:  If you liked this post, you might also like our “Top 10 Ways to Use Vintage Luggage!”

New Arrivals: Come 2 Play!

Wow!  I’d like a 3-day weekend more often.  I was very productive, if I do say so myself.  And what do I have to show for it?  A full shop!  I added 8 new items this evening, one of which is the Air King Vintage Suitcase mentioned in the Sneak Peak a few days ago.  It’s so bright and cheery inside!

This suitcase is part of our new Collection, “Come 2 Play,” which features yellow and pink nursery decor items.  Many of the items are not nursery specific, however, so don’t hesitate to look around if you don’t have a little one to buy for!  My favorite item is this little yellow fawn, now featured in the blog header.  He makes my heart melt! 😉

Go check out the rest of the Collection in our shop under “Come 2 Play.”