I bought a vintage Samsonite suitcase with that lovely beige marble covering at Salvation Army along with a matching cosmetic case (square train case) that I haven't done anything with yet. After removing the lining I was surprised to find that these old suitcases are actual wood inside. Wow! I then used Krylon spray paint in Bahama Blue and sprayed multiple coats to cover the outside.
I was going to leave it blue and just paint dots or something on it to coordinate with the fabric and even went and painstakingly picked out coordinating colors of acrylic paint at Hobby Lobby but today decided to use the patchwork and instead just Mod Podge it to the outside. It reminds me of those 70s patchwork hippie skirts. I'm going to spray paint a coat of clear on top to give it a more smooth feel. The Mod Podge did seal the fabric but it feels kind of gritty.
For the inside I cut the turquoise paisley, ironed a 1/2 inch hem around the pieces and glued them in place. For the piece that goes over the two sides, instead of using butcher paper like the original, I just used fusible webbing and 2 scrap pieces of fabric to make it stiff and glued that into place.
I kind of like it. My daughter said, "What are you doing this for?" When I told her she could take the suitcase to college, she informed me she doesn't like retro so no. That's okay, I'll use it to store my collection of vintage linens or something or maybe I'll carry it off to college myself ... just kidding.