The Tale of Luggage Covers

The original post date for this entry was December 01, 2015. My bright idea to switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org resulted in my most recent posts not transferring. After hours of thinking I could wear a programmer hat produced nothing but cuss words and the realization the high tech world is passing me by, I was forced to go old school and re-post manually. Without further adieu…here is The Tale of Luggage Covers, republished.

Ever hear of one? I mean, who slides a cover over their carry-on? Me. Who has a banged up cover but a brand new looking carry-on? That would be me too.

I have yet to travel through an airport without being asked, “Where did you get that cover?” On a trip to Houston last summer, after five fellow flyers asked me this question, the light bulb finally lit up. All this time….I felt like so many people were staring at me and I didn’t know why. I’m not Cindy Crawford. Just naming this supermodel must show my age. Do I have tissue stuck to my shoe? Why are you looking at me?? Ah ha!!! My luggage cover! Mystery solved.

Being a very detail-oriented person this blog post could be pretty dang long telling you the tale of luggage covers. I mean, I left no stone unturned.
• Fabric: It had to be sturdy but lightweight; the cover can’t take up a lot of space when not used.
• Airline luggage size requirements: Googled it; got them all.
• Different luggage sizes and styles: Googled it; head spinned.
• Construction: I can top the cover for my suitcase by a long shot.
• Sourcing materials: I’m a small fish in a big pond who wants big fish pricing. But I can’t do a 5,000 minimum order. Sourcing materials is always a challenge.
• Prototypes: Many.
• Manufacturing: How can I Henry Ford them?
• Quality: Always in the front of my mind and the top of my list.
• Offer monogramming: Need a new sewing machine. My husband might argue this is why I chose to make luggage covers.

Here is the tale is pictures:

Trying my cover on luggage at Kohl's. See the black spots at the lower right corner? They are tiny rips from rough handling. And the seam is about to rip out

Trying my cover on luggage at Kohl’s. See the black spots at the lower right corner? They are tiny rips from rough handling. And the seam is about to rip out.

Another view, Check out that skid mark. On my cover but not my case! Trying out my cover on other luggage showed the modifications needed for a universal cover fit.

Another view, Check out that skid mark. On my cover but not my case! Trying out my cover on other luggage showed the modifications needed for a universal cover fit.

First prototype. Tried it on my husband's suitcase. Long and baggy. That's my pristine case in the rear.

First prototype. Tried it on my husband’s suitcase. Long and baggy. That’s my pristine case in the rear.

Back at Kohl's. Much better fit.

Back at Kohl’s. Much better fit. I promise, my legs are shaved even though it appears there’s a little Grizzly Adams action going on.

Another view. Kohl's security cameras know me by now. Although I liked the fit on top I didn't like the front. Another prototype was made. It took a few more modifications before I was happy.

Another view. Kohl’s security cameras know me well by now. Although I liked the fit on top I didn’t like the front. Another prototype was made. It took a few more modifications before I was happy.

I braved Walmart. Thought for sure I'd get busted. This suitcase is smaller than the most common size of 22x14x9 inches. That's why its so baggy.

I braved Walmart. Thought for sure I’d get busted. This suitcase is smaller than the most common size of 22x14x9 inches. That’s why its so baggy. But by rolling up the bottom elastic I saw that it would still work just fine.

Have you ever tried to sew inside mitered corners using double seam binding? Don't. Trust me on this. I racked my brain for another way to enclose the nylon fabric edges because it frays really bad. Nothing met my standards. I spent SO MUCH time on this part. After several days I just walked away from it with a few choice words. When I was ready to tackle it again...the craziest thing happened....I started sewing them like a pro and using only one pin at each corner.

Have you ever tried to sew inside mitered corners using double seam binding? Don’t. You must trust me on this. I racked my brain for another way to enclose the nylon fabric edges because it frays really bad. Nothing met my standards. I spent SO MUCH time on this part. After several days I just walked away from it with a few choice words. When I was ready to tackle it again…the craziest thing happened….I started sewing them like a pro and using only one pin at each corner.

!!!!! SCORE !!!!!

!!!!! SCORE !!!!!

Photo shoot. I couldn't think of a backdrop that really worked. So I used a white tablecloth draped on my fold-up cutting board. Then I edited the photos removing all the background and laying the luggage image on top of another background. I hope it works. Photography is hard and time consuming.

Photo shoot. I couldn’t think of a backdrop that really worked. So I used a white tablecloth draped on my fold-up cutting board. Then I edited the photos removing all the background and laying the luggage image on top of another background. I hope it works. Photography is hard and time consuming.

Big Time Sangria. This has nothing to do with my luggage covers except that it reminded me the times when a happy hour cocktail did me good will sewing inside mitered corners. We made this for Thanksgiving and already have it on our Christmas and New Year's Eve menus. Love my fellow Okie and fairly close neighbor Ree Drummond...aka the Pioneer Woman. Here's the link:

Big Time Sangria. This has nothing to do with my luggage covers except that it reminded me the times when a happy hour cocktail did me good while sewing inside mitered corners. We made this for Thanksgiving and already have it on our Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus. Love my fellow Okie and fairly close neighbor Ree Drummond…aka the Pioneer Woman. Here’s the link:  P-Dubs Sangria. If you looked beyond the sangria you might notice that I have a thing for knives.

Now to get them posted. All pics are ready except for my monogram color and font options. Tomorrow. Although tomorrow is in one minute. 11:59pm.

Thanks for reading!! I do appreciate it.

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