Mod Podge by the Gallon

I really do because it’s my go to glue!!  I buy the mat but the glossy is great too.  Now listen if you have perfection issues leave them in the garbage by the door..seriously they so get in the way of any great art!!  Here’s how I do it..I hate gloves..that’s why I’m always covered with glue and glitter but if you need plastic gloves this could be the time.  Get out large great scissors the ones for fabric only.  Using a cutting blade and a cutting mat is the best but really it’s not necessary.  I do it all freehand lends to the handmade quality. Also the Accuquilt Go Baby is perfect for this . I love using  for this, like the circles and hearts. Try to have  a bunch of stuff cut before you start you don’t want to leave once you start. Dust off your suitcase.  These old suitcases are great, I don’t think I’d recommend a samsonite because frankly they are so rounded and slippery but what do I know?  Get your pieces together and start laying things down and butt right up against the edge.  Just get a sense of your design.  Take them off and then begin putting mod podge down lay fabric over and sponge brush mod podge again over that. Take your time and this is a no judgement no self criticism zone.  The wonderful thing about mod-podge is that it is so forgiving.  I’ve been doing these suitcases for 20 years mostly with old wall paper paper and it’s a hoot, the next morning when it’s dry it’s like fairy’s came in the night to make it all perfect.  Seriously, it’s such cool stuff.  So lay them down on sponge brushed suitcase as it lays down go over the fabric once again with sponge brush. Overlapping is cool no worries just make sure there is glue everywhere.  Do one side at a time and then the sides let dry and Voila!!  The trick is to get through the ugliness most folks give up..or think they are doing it wrong.  If there are areas that don’t come together easily lay a circle of a square on it.  Camouflage. This is where Accucut Go Baby come in handy!  or do some fancy fussy cutting..Melissa P. can show us a thing or two!! Ok get the modpodge off the scissors pronto..even using nail polish remover because I have at least 50 pairs of scissors with glue on them. I wish I wasn’t exaggerating. Try to get fibers off the suitcase but don’t get crazy. I really want you not to be fussy on the first one then you’ll find your true North after doing a few!!  oh and I have John Mayer singing in the background that seems to help!!! xoxoxo Amy Anderson, Lovely Amy Anderson writes a blog Mod Podge Rocks and can answer any questions!! Get to know her. I also recommend a mat acrylic sealer keeps it from sticking. I want to see yours. xoxo

Late addition!! Thanks Amy

10 Responses to “Mod Podge by the Gallon”

  1. Elizabeth Stake says:

    I love this!

  2. Okay, so awesome! Im gonna do my 2suitcases in Sis boom this week. Will have to show ya what I do with mine! can not wait.
    I too bought the matte over the glossy. I like matte the best in anything.

    Thanks for taking the time to post the Modge Podge suitcae tutorial.

    I did pick up a set of these 3 or 4 round, cardboard decorative boxes, (another thrift store find) . The larger one reminds me of a hat box. I want to cover them in modge podge and fabric But they are a bit shiney/slick like on the outside. Do you think modge podge will stick fabric to these?

    I want to put them in my sewing room to hoard , I mean store sewing supplies in. LOL

  3. Courtney says:

    That would make me so happy coming down the conveaer belt at the airport.

  4. Melissa P says:

    What is a crafty environment without Mod Podge!?! Love my Mod Podge. And Amy. No one rounds up the projects like she does.

    It’s way past time for my next Mod Podge project. You’ve inspired me to clear the deck and play!

  5. Rachaeldaisy says:

    Oohhhh I love that suitcase!! I’ve got a bottle of mod pogues, I’ve never actually used it. I Think I’ll have to find a suitcase and make one like yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. theaxx says:

    well, no WONDER you buy it by the gallon when the results look like your case! Lady, you got happy talent! Just love it!!!



  7. Jenny Fish says:

    Alright I replied in my brain but never typed it out! I LOVE this Jennifer! I love the LOVE too! Just so cute!

  8. Q says:

    OH OH OH!!! I have an old trunk, a pull out bar for hanging clothes on one side and drawers on the other. I think I must Mod Podge the trunk with all the wine themed paper & fabric I’ve collected. FUN!!!

  9. Visiting from Mod Podge Rocks Blog, loooooooove this! So cute and fun! Hmmm, I have at least 7 old suitcases and am sure I could do this to at least a few! Thanks for sharing!!

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