Decorating Luggage?

I'm looking for a way to personalize plain black luggage and maybe make it prettier and more feminine in the process. Something other than a ribbon tied to the handle. I thought there must be such a thing as an iron-on luggage decals, but all I could find was clothing decals for kids. Is there a way to make my own durable iron-on decals, suitable for use on luggage, from ribbons or fabric scraps?


By Kelly from Dallas, TX

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April 15, 20110 found this helpful

You could use colored tape to make a striped pattern (if the surface is such that you can make the tape stick). Or you could use stencils & spray paint, and spray paint a pattern on your luggage - a floral design?

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April 15, 20111 found this helpful

Decoupage! if you haven't done it, try it. you'll have a lot of fun and you can make it look any way you'd like. When done, do a coat of varnish and it will survive anything. I have done several, including a cosmetic case that I keep in my bathroom to store cosmetics. The decorating is endless. Good luck!

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April 17, 20110 found this helpful

Can you decoupage a fabric surface? I should have said this is standard nylon soft-sided luggage.


The stenciling sounds interesting as well. I just worry that my crafting skills aren't up to it!

Thank you, Mary and Pamphyila!

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April 18, 20110 found this helpful

Appliqués? You can probably just hot glue them on. Bedazzler? :) let us know how it turns out!

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

Ah, a hot glue gun! I have one of those somewhere. I think I'll give that a try. Thanks, Vaylmer!

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April 20, 20110 found this helpful

Fabric paint will do very nicely. Just be very sure it is well dried before your trip or it will stick to everything else. I use the "soft" fabric paint, not the "dimensional" stuff, which tends to lie flatter and soak in better to the fabric.


I put my kids' last name on the bottom of their camp duffel bags, in glow-in-the-dark paint, never any problem finding their own stuff.

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April 23, 20110 found this helpful

If you know how to beadweave with an inexpensive loom or know how to use the peyote or brick stitch, you could weave a distince pattern. There are many freebies online. Just back them on some material and glue to a spot on your luggage.

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