Vintage Tote {Update}

I fell in love with a darling dark blue American Tourister bag found at a thrift store for $2. It was in great condition--no weird stinky smells or grossness inside the bag at all; just a little bit of wear on the outside pocket. After a year in my closet, I finally updated the bag for our upcoming summer vacation. And I love the way it turned out!

Vintage American Tourister tote update. SugarBeans.org

This bag is so sturdy and with the fabric on the front panels, it feels like a new bag!

Before. SugarBeans.org

So, to update this sad bag, I simply traced the front panels and used templates to cut my fabric. There were three fabric panels that were adhered to the bag with decoupage. I added three layers of the glue to the tops for added durability, making sure to tuck the fabric into the piping for a clean look with no bubbles. I measured the shoulder pad thing on the strap and crocheted a cover in a gray yarn. A pom was added to one side for fun. And that's it.

Vintage tote update. SugarBeans.org

Now, I am slowly adding small bits of traveling necessities {mad lib, gum, hand sanitizer, books, travel brochures, etc} to the bag in anticipation of our upcoming travels. One thing off of my to-do list is a huge accomplishment this week. 

What have you Dears been working on??