Wednesday, May 15, 2013

yarn bombed suitcase

I have spent most of this week preparing for my impending Italy vacation.  This week I scratched something off my, "prepare for vacation list".

I finally found a large suitcase for Andy!

I'll start with a little "back story". We both have carry-on suitcases. In truth, that is our preferred method of travel. A few months ago, I had to find a large suitcase for the week I spent at an Indian wedding. I found a twelve dollar thrift store bargain, packed it past its weight limit and risked having the thing fall apart during travel.

Look how cute and normalish I look in my sari!

Back to the point...

This time, I wasnt willing to risk another thrift store special falling apart during travel. Thusly, I decided to make a budget and go shopping for something nice for the hubby.

At first, we were going to order something offline. Then, on a whim we checked the luggage selection at Marshall's and Burlington Coat Factory. Andy fell in love with this banana yellow-hard case-luggage. It reminds me of something out of an Indiana Jone's movie.

The benefit of this luggage is that when we are looking for his bag at luggage claim, it should be easy to spot.

After seeing the luggage together, I luggage is going to be impossible to spot at baggage claim. I already had that problem on my wedding trip. I considered this problem for a while. In a moment of pure genius, I dug through some extra yarn I had and decided to yarn bomb my suitcase.

I love yarn bombing. I think there is something romantic about doing something to beautify the world without destroying it.

I decided that yarn bombing my entire suitcase would take forever. So, I kept it simple. I am happy with the results.

The only problem is now I want to cover my luggage name brand tag. It just doesn't look right anymore. I am considering crocheting a flower or a star to go over it...

We will see what happens.


  1. This is adorable; I would totally yarn bomb my suitcase! I really like the accent color that you chose. Do you have any patterns or suggestions for people who want to yarn bomb their own?

    1. Thanks! I wish I did have patterns, to share...I really just winged it.

      For the handles: I crocheted a rectangle and sized it as I created rows. Once finished, I simply wrapped the rectangle around and crocheted it closed. I made it very tight because I had concerns that it could get stuck on baggage machinery. Once done, I just twisted the seam to be on the underside of the handle.

      For the zipper pulls: I basically made tiny socks to slip over the zipper. I slipped the sock over the metal tab, Then I took a tiny crochet hook and tediously crocheted the socks shut through the zipper tab hole so the sock wouldn't "slip off".

      Right now, I am considering what to put over the silver brand name. I think the final idea is making a large crocheted bow and then sewing the bow to the suitcase. Let me know if you would like a how-to for the bow. I think it'll be super easy.