Tutorial: Personalized Suitcase

Based on the luggage available on Amazon and ebags.com, the baggage claim will be full of black and blue bags.  Not wanting to get crossed eyed looking for my bags, I decided to paint them!

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For anyone else wanting to personalize their suitcase, here’s my process:


  • Acrylic paintbrush
  • Chalk or pastels
  • Fabric paint
  1. Decide on a pattern and colors for your suitcase.  I went with a triangular, southwest look for this suitcase.  I used different circular patterns on my other one.  If you’d like, draw it out of graph paper to get it fleshed out.design
  2. Use a chalk or pastel pencil to sketch your design onto the suitcase.  On most suitcases, it will easily wash off with a damp cloth.DSC_0214
  3. Paint on your design.  I worked one side at a time, filling in one color fully.  When all of the pink was finished, I began working in green.DSC_0215
  4. Wait at least 4 hours in between coats.  If you want a solid color, it will take two coats.
  5. Enjoy your one of a kind luggage!  You will never lose you bags on the conveyor belt again.