Even with a well-furnished miniature house, sometimes dolls want to travel. For these times, a miniature suitcase should be both functional and attractive, able to carry a change of clothes while still doubling as an accessory in its own right. Create a realistic leather suitcase for your doll's next travels so she can enjoy her trip in style.
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Things you need
- Hinged metal candy or mint tin
- Spray flocking
- Spray adhesive
- Thin leather or faux leather
- Grease pencil
- Tacky craft glue
- Cutting board or self-healing mat
- Thick tooling leather
Spray the inside of the suitcase-to-be (the hinged tin) with spray flocking; this will give it a soft, velvety coating inside. If the flocking doesn't feel secure after or comes away on your finger when you touch it, spray with a coat of spray adhesive. Let dry.
Place the empty box on the leather and trace around first the top (lid) then the bottom of the tin in grease pencil.
Measure the side of the candy box using a ruler with the box closed. Measure first from the lip of the box's cover to the opposite edge (so you can cover the portion that's left uncovered when the box is closed).
Wrap a piece of string around the outside edge of the candy box to get a measurement of its size. Measure this against a ruler. Use the ruler to draw a rectangle of this length and the width from step 2 on the leather.
Cut out the pieces of leather you've outlined. Use scissors.
Coat the candy tin with a thin layer of tacky craft glue. Cover the entire box while it's closed.
Cover the glue-coated tin using the leather pieces you cut. Let dry.
Cut out a one and a half inch by ¼ inch strip of the thick tooling leather.
Coat both ends of the tooling leather strip in leather cement. Attach the strip to the middle of the box's edge, opposite the hinged edge, to form the handle. Let dry before proceeding.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to give the inside of the suitcase divided sections, glue in place a strip of craft foam or cardboard before you spray with flocking.
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