I make a lot of props for my art dolls. Each one is a craft on it's own. For the puppeteer, I made him a couple of suitcases before, the base were altoid tins covered in fabric. But this time, I wanted to make a bigger suitcase that will be able to house all of his things: his tools (I also made him miniature puppetteer tools like a saw, spools of thread, hammer, etc.), and of course, his puppets.
To make a bigger suitcase, I had to create the base from scratch. I reused a clean, food carboard box and cut out my pieces to make the top and bottom part of the suitcase. We only need five pieces in four sizes. I have a diagram in the video that shows the sizes and where they go.
Here's a full list of what we'll need:
- cardboard (I reused a food box. To make the same size I made, cut two pieces of 3 x 4.25" this will be our front and back panels, and cut strips in three sizes: widths of 1.5", 1.25" and 0.7", each long enough to go around the panels). You'll see in the diagram in the video where each piece goes. We are basically making a new box as our base.
- fabric - I used faux leather (black for the cover and brown for the corner accents), and a floral beige fabric for the inner lining but you can use any fabric you want. It does not have to be leather.
- aluminum foil tape (optional, you can simply skip this step)
- leather - we're making miniature belts from this. If you don't have leather, you can also fashion this out of fabric
- glue gun
- fabric glue
- super glue
- printout of scaled down photos
- some paint or coffee and paint brush
You can change the size of the suitcase by simply scaling down or scaling up the sizes I used.
Designing it is fun, you can play with different colors and fabric combination. It can also be used for a lot of other thing like a keepsake holder, jewelry box or gift box.