DIY Jeep Fabric Printing

I started off needing a design for my little boy’s next backpack. He loves all sorts of different tv shows and toys but one thing he REALLY loves is something the entire family loves- Our Jeep!

Jamer Jeep

After a couple other ideas went wrong I started searching the internet for neat Jeep shirts that would be cute and easy to replicate onto the backpack’s fabric. I stumbled upon this amazing Jeep t-shirt by 2GodBtheGlory. They have some painting skills I will never have! (It might be because of laziness though) I also thought of how neat it would be to have Jeep fabric with the print of our very own jeep tires with all of the imperfections from fun outings and good runs.

First I set up my work station- I swung the spare tire out and set up a chair by it as a step stool. I then washed the tire where I would be painting, because dirt will just come off in the wash. I also zip-tied our beach umbrella (that has never been to the beach) to the tire rack (if that’s the correct word for it) so that the paint wouldn’t dry up before I was able to get the paint onto the fabric.

DIY Jeep Tire Stamping Set Up

Next I mixed the paint- a nice muddy brown! It didn’t have to be too well mixed either- mud can be all sorts of colors.

Muddy Brown Paint for DIY Jeep Track Printing

Next, the paint had to be painted onto the tire. It needed to be put on thick enough to look good but it also shouldn’t have been too thick. Mine started dripping down the grooves of the tire and that really didn’t look too great. Luckily that’s the good thing about painting tires- they can have tons of imperfections and it still looks good. Also make sure that you paint enough surface area of the tire to cover everywhere you want painted on your fabric.

DIY Jeep Tire Print

Once the paint is on you can carefully place your fabric onto the tire and use your hand to press down all parts of the fabric so that it gets plenty of paint.

Carefully pull off your fabric and lay it out to dry. Now you have some of your very own personalized Jeep fabric!

DIY Printed Jeep Fabric

After I printed the tires onto my Jeep fabric, I wanted to add a stencil as well. Check out my stenciling tutorial here– the only thing I do differently for fabric is I print the graphic I wanted out on card stock instead of drawing it on light weight paper. Also make sure to let your stencil dry completely between uses.

DIY Jeep Fabric Stencil

I love my new Jeep fabric- and what I’ve made so far with it! I will be writing post or tutorials on my new bags (eventually) but until then I will just show them off here.

Toddler T-Shirt

This only took the work of the painting and printing- a very easy project as long as you have a blank shirt to use.

DIY Jeep T-Shirt

DIY Toddler Jeep T-Shirt

Toddler Backpack

Tutorial yet to come- a bit involved but worth it after the backpack is put to use! The painted front had to be painted before we put together the rest of the backpack.

DIY Toddler Size Backpack

Mom and Dad Diaper Bag

This started off as a simple tote, with the main piece of fabric was painted before the tote was assembled and sewn. This diaper bag also has Spiderman lining with large pockets inside as well as the round pocket in front and two big open pockets in the back (perfect for bottles!).There won’t be a tutorial for this one, but I will be taking more pictures and writing a post with links to the bags (and tutorials) that inspired it!

DIY Jeep Tote / Diaper Bag for Mom and Dad

Stay tuned for updates on this post- I printed more fabric to use for all sorts of other things down the road. You can follow me a few different ways to hear about the updates: BloglovinFacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

More Jeep Projects and Jeep Inspired Posts:

Jeep Sewing Projects
Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder
Pregnancy Announcement
5 Reasons I Love My Husband

Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder {Jeep Sewing Tutorial}

Jeep Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder

I made this Fire Extinguisher Holder for our Jeep last August. Just recently I had to make a second one as a gift for my dad- a little late for Christmas but that’s what happens when you have the ultimate lazy excuse. It was pretty simple and easy to make, and the materials were much cheaper than the ones that are available online.

Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial

Materials:

  • Canvas Fabric -12 Inches
  • 1″ Triglides
  • 1″ Webbing -7 feet
  • 1″ Velcro – 2 feet of Looped Velcro, 15 inches of Hooked Velcro

All of these links are to Amazon, and I will receive compensation if you buy anything. Each of these are the actual products I have bought from Amazon though!

Directions:

1. First cut your canvas fabric. There will be a 12″x12″ square and a circle that should be close to 12″ around. Use a cup, lid or similar object that measures close to 12′ around as a template.

2. Cut three straps of webbing to 25″ each. Use a flame (from a candle, match or lighter) to melt the edges so they don’t fray.

3. Cut the velcro pieces. There will be three strips of the looped velcro, they should be 8″ each. There will also be three strips of the hooked velcro and they will be 5″ each.

4. Next you will start sewing the straps.First will be the hooked velcro, once piece will be sewn onto an end of each piece of webbing. Right next to it will be the looped velcro on each strap.

Straps Layout

5. After all the velcro is sewn on, make sure you velcro them closed so that they don’t stick to anything while you are working. After that is done you can sew the opposite end of the straps (not the side with the velcro) onto the triglides.

Completed Strap

6. Next press and hem an edge of the square canvas, it will now be the top.

Press and Hem Top Edge

7. Now you can sew the straps to the canvas. Make sure you sew them on about 4 inches down the webbing, away from the triglides.

Strap Placement for Jeep Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder
Strap Placement

8. Now you can sew the side seam for your fire extinguisher holder. Move the straps out of the way (and pin them if necessary) and pin the sides together, with the inside of your fire extinguisher holder facing out. Sew the seam and use a zig zag stitch if you don’t have a serger to keep the canvas from fraying.

Sew the Side Seam

9. After the side seam is sewn you will need to sew on the bottom piece. Once again, make sure you move your straps out of the way before sewing. Pin the canvas circle to the bottom of your holder. Sew it on using the zig zag stitch as well.

Pin the Bottom On

Sewing the Bottom

After the sides and bottom are sewn on everything is done! In my finished product pictures I wrapped the straps tightly and tucked them behind the fire extinguisher, but really they are loose and have plenty of length until you strap them to your roll bar.

Rollbar Fire Extinguisher Holder Tutorial

Happy Wheeling!

Some of my other Jeep-Related Posts:
Jeep Sewing Projects
Jeep Pregnancy Announcement
My Unnofficial Guide to Arizona Cacti and Arizona Valentine’s Day Printables

Cloak Sewing Tutorial: Part One {Cutting Process}

I’m sorry my cloak tutorial is only a week late! It was alot harder than I expected to draw everything up and explain it! If you need more details please ask specific questions in the comments or in an email. Thanks!

To see my first post with pictures of the finished product click here or on the picture!

2nd Finished Cloak

Materials:
3 Yards Outer Fabric
3 Yards Lining Fabric
2 Large Buttons
1 Smaller Button

I used flannel for both the outer fabric and the lining for my latest cloaks, because it was on sale. In the past I have used wool and stretch canvas for the outer fabric and flannel and satin for the lining.

The Cutting Process

To make my pattern is pretty easy but I do it without too many fancy tools. It would probably be more professional if I used quilter’s equipment but I figured there were probably people like me that would like an easy tutorial that didn’t use anything too fancy. This is something an average hobby sewer could make.

Cloak Pattern- Image No 1
Image No 1

1. Layout your fabric on the carpet floor, as shown in image no 1. If you want to (or can cut through all the layers) layout both the lining and the outer fabrics at the both time, so that they match up. It would save you from cutting everything twice.

Layout the Fabric
Step 1- Layout Fabric

 

 

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 2
Image No 2

2. Cut off the excess fabric (this will be saved for the hood) and cut the fold so that you have two separate layers of each fabric. See image no. 2 and cut accordingly.

 

 

Pin in Fabric and Carpet
Step  3- Push Pin Thru Fabric and Carpet
Pin Placements
Pin Placements

3. Stick a pin in the bottom corner of your fabric- stick it through the fabric into the carpet so that it sticks up but is still in place. Look at the picture for step no 3. (This is where you may want to use fancier equipment, but this is a cheap easy way that I do it). Measure 3 feet away from that pin and stick another pin in the bottom of the fabric. Also put a pin in at the 18″ mark. See Pin Placements image.

4. Use your measuring tape to make a straight line from the 18″ mark pin at the bottom of your fabric to the top of the fabric.Stick a pin in at the top and where your middle pin would line up. Use that pin as a middle mark, put the 8″ mark of your measuring tape at the pin and put a pin in at the top of the fabric at Zero and at the 16″ line. You should now have all of the pins in place according to the pin placement image.

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 4
Image No 4

5. Use some yarn (or some sort of string) to make an outline around all of your pins. Your outline should look like image no 4. This is now your pattern, it can be cut carefully with scissors.

Wrap Pin Outline with String
Step No 5

 

 

 

 

 

Cloak Pattern- Image No 5
Panel Explanation
Cloak Pattern- Image No 8
Image No 8

6. The main panel that you just cut out should have 2 layers (of each the lining and the outside if you cut both fabrics at the same time). Fold the top layer(s) in half so that you can easily cut down the middle lengthwise. See Image No 6.

Cloak Pattern- Image No 6

7. The last step of the cutting process is to cut out the hood. The hood is fairly simple, the piece that we saved it the very beginning will be folded in half, as shown in Image No 8. The hood was cut without a pattern, but as long as it has a round corner it will be fine. The only part that matters is that all 4 pieces (two for the outer fabric and two for the inner fabric) are the same. I changed my mind with the hood as you can see in the picture but it worked out well.

Hood Cut Out
Step 7- Hood Shape

This is the last step of the cutting process for the main part of your cloak. Remember- if you didn’t cut out both the outside layer and the inside layer of fabric at the same time you will need to go back and repeat this entire process for whichever fabric you didn’t cut yet.

The real last step is an easy one, using the scraps of both the outer fabric and the inner cut out two rectangles from each fabric. The rectangles should be about 10″x4″. These will be to cover up the slits for the arm holes, they help make the cloak a little bit warmer.

This tutorial will continue this week! It will include all of the sewing steps and the finished product. Thanks for your patience!

DIY Tissue Box for TP

I don’t buy tissue unless someone in the family has a bad runny nose, and then I get them the nice ones with lotion! The rest of the time we go without tissues in the house, until I saw this tutorial on how to use toilet paper as a tissue refill.

It’s been awhile since I bought tissues so I didn’t have a tissue box. I did however have a box that used to hold cornmeal and it fit a small roll of toilet paper. It’s been sitting on our counter looking like we are using some special cornmeal tissue for a few weeks now. I finally got around to making it cute!

The top of the lid was easy, I just took a box cutter and slit a large “X” into it. It works perfectly.

I mod-podged some cute fall paper onto it, because our kitchen and living room are always fall colors and I can’t wait to start decorating for fall soon!

Once it dried I was able to put the toilet paper back in it and put the lid back on. I love that it’s easy to change when needed as well.

Check out these other “Almost Free” fall crafts!
Turkey Pumpkin
Stuffed Pumpkin Baskets
3 Boo-ing Ideas

Powder Your Own Sugar { DIY Powdered Sugar }

This post might be common sense to everyone else, but once I realized that you could turn sugar into powdered sugar at home I felt disappointed that I had gone to the store on more than one occasion to go buy powdered sugar.

To do this you need a wheat grinder or a blender. I have a fancy blendtec that I use for it and I’m not sure if a regular blender would work. If it works for you, please let me know!

Blendtec Directions:
Put about 1 1/2C of Sugar into the blender. Blend on Speed 5 for about 20 seconds. When it stops, use a spatula to make sure the sides and corners are being ground as well. They usually are, but with powdered sugar I don’t take a chance. Blend for another 20 seconds and then test the sugar to see how grainy it is. I usually grab a small amount and rub it between my fingers. If it feels coarse at all, then blend for another 20 seconds. Keep testing it and reblending it until it is fine and soft.

For a wheat grinder, follow the directions you use for grinding wheat but test the powdered sugar every so often to see how soft it is. I usually need powdered sugar for frosting and I don’t want gritty frosting, so I take every effort to make sure its perfect. I have never seen my powdered sugar be over-powdered so I guess it’s ok!

More Cooking Tips
Making the Most of Fresh Lemons
Not Fried Refried Beans
3 Delicious Blackberry Recipes

Cherry Dr. Pepper Can Bracelets

Last year I made these Coca-Cola Can bracelets. Every month it is still my most popular post. I hadn’t made any in quite awhile but a friend was disappointed that she never got one, so I had to pull my stuff out again to make some. This time I was a little bit more creative and we decided to bling them out a little bit more.

Go check out the first tutorial before you try to follow this tutorial, it will make everything easier!

Differences

Make the shape of the bracelet a little different, in the past I made them mostly square but the edges would catch on stuff and they would poke you or could rip.

You can choose to turn the edges back or forth. You will get a silver lining if they are turned out, but if they are turned under they will be less noticeable. It’s all about what you think looks best. I sometimes like the silver lining and sometimes want a cleaner edge. If you turn the edges under they shouldn’t scrape you as long as they are pressed very flat.

Instead of big holes for the ribbon, make very small holes with a pin and add jump rings. We also added metal clasps instead of ribbon for some of them. Or you can skip the holes all together if you roll the edges, and thread a small ribbon or elastic through.

Add more decoration to them by adding flowers or bows with hot glue.

Add fabric lining to give the bracelet a little more structure as well as comfort. I used t-shirt scraps because they don’t fray and just hot glued them in.

More Coca-Cola:
Coke Can Necklace
Decorating with Coca-Cola
Wallet with Charms from Coke Can
The Day I Wore a Coca-Cola T-shirt

DIY Toy Hammock

My son is collecting way too many toys, but I have a hard time getting rid of any. I have to start finding ways to organize them better so that they fit in our house! I have a feeling that we will have to turn one of our rooms into a playroom soon.

My inspiration came from The Junk Nest, check out her toy hammock here.

Materials:
Fabric
Rope (aka “Clothesline” from the Dollar Tree)

Directions:
1. Hem the two long edges.

2. Hem the two shorter edges with enough space to fit the rope inside the hem.

3. Slide the rope through each side.

4. Tie rope to crib, bed or wall.

Super complicated, right? If you need help, refer to the drawing below on my super cool legal pad from NAU. (My souvenir from visiting my sister!) Also please pretend that I wasn’t drawing it while someone was tugging on my arm and throwing books at me. It is a pretty good drawing for suffering through all that though!

See Also:
The Nursery (that has never been completely finished)
Bathroom Organization
Closet Door Writing

Today at Arizona Mama: Red Sox Easter Basket

My husband and his family are big Red Sox fans. I will wear Red Sox stuff, but so far that’s about the extent of it for me. I’m sure my son will be getting into the baseball spirit this year so when I saw the ribbon, I had to buy it and decorate a basket for him.

Check out the tutorial for this Easter Basket here at Arizona Mama.

Today at Arizona Mama: Pirate Satchel

I made a less-colorful but still very Disney bag shortly after I got home from Disneyland. I copied the size and pocket from this bag, but I changed up the closure some. I have to say that I love it and I wear it around quite a bit, especially when I am running errands. The first day that I didn’t wear it I left my wallet in the car- very embarrassing! It does show how nice it is to have your wallet, phone and camera attached to you though! Click here to see my Pirate Cross Body Bag over at Arizona Mama.

My Top Arizona Mama Posts This Month:
Coke Can Bracelet
Diffuser Reed Gift Set
Easy Dog Bed
Halloween Treat Ideas

Motivational Credit Card Sleeves

I am trying to be on a spending fast. It’s not working too well, so I decided to make myself reminders of why I am saving. We are saving so that we can go on a cruise and lay on the beach for a few days. I started with putting this picture everywhere I can, my desktop background, on my social media pages, on my fridge, etc.

I wanted to get it printed so that I could put it more places, but that cost money. So I started my next project by cutting out pictures from magazines and travel brochures. The idea was to wrap the pictures around each of my credit cards so that I had a visual reminder why I shouldn’t use them. This is what I cam up with instead:

Materials:
Colored Paper
Magazine Clippings
Pen
Packing Tape

Directions:
1. Cut your paper 3 1/2 inches x 4 3/4 inches. Fold it in half.

 2. Cut your pictures and label to size. (And yes, I know my “motivational phrases” suck but they work as labels to that I know which card is which.) (Also, Costco deserves a sleeve too because that is a dangerous place! I usually can’t walk out of there without spending less than $100.)

3. Rip off a piece of packing tape, and place your picture and motivational phrase face down onto the tape.

4. Next, place that tape onto the folded paper. Cut slits in the tape so that it is easier to fold around the edges.

5. Use a second piece of tape to cover up the rest of the picture and fold all of the edges of the tape down.

6. Slide your card in, and hide it in your wallet.

Now that I’m not traveling I need to leave my credit card at home, but otherwise I like having my debit cards on me for emergencies and for the regular stuff that still has to be bought (like gas and groceries). Hopefully the reminders will help me buy less unnecessary stuff! What other ways do you try to motivate yourself to save money?