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

Decorated T-Shirt Crafts

Remember this skirt? I failed to mention that I burnt the iron-ons when I put them on it last time, so they fell off after the first wash (and the pictures!). Recently I added a piece of another t-shirt I had but didn’t like to wear as a top. I’m all set for any future patriotic holidays now. Or maybe a homecoming in the near future?

For the shorts I made here I decided to paint a little mustache on them. I had to cut out a few stencils until I got one that I liked. I taped it on and dabbed on the fabric paint and let them dry.

I think my sister will love these, she came up with the idea, but she doesn’t get them until her birthday!

The dress that I made a different sister was dressed up with this flower pin. The tutorial and better pictures are here.

See Also:
Make Your Own Iron Ons
Iron-On Embellished Skirt
T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Beware of Dog and Owners Sign

As a gun enthusiast, I love this sign:

(Image from Applegate Signs on Etsy)

But I am more worried that people need to be aware of the dog, I wouldn’t want her to get the wrong idea about someone and attack. So I created my own sign to cover both the dog and the owners.

Materials:
Square Piece of Wood
Acrylic Paint
Pencil or Stencils
Silver Sharpie
Outdoor Mod Podge or other Sealant

Directions:
1. Paint the background color onto the wood. Let it dry completely.

2. Pencil the words onto the wood. It would be easier to use a stencil, but with my spending fast I used a pencil and tried to do everything by hand.

3. Paint the words onto the board. After they are dry, outline the letters with the silver sharpie.

4. Using the mod podge as a sealant, spread it over everything. When the front is dry, do the same for the back.

Now it can be hung on the fence. Hopefully if anyone gets attacked in our yard, this sign will help save our assets.

Pinned It, Did It: Toddler Activities

My son is a young toddler (15 months) and has been needing some stimulation. It’s still a little hot to play outside all the time so I decided to try some of the activities I pinned.

Paper Tube Car Ramp

Time Spent Preparing:1 minute
Materials Cost: A few cents for Tape, tube was technically trash
Time it Entertained:10 minutes
Clean-Up:Painless

Ten minutes is alot for a toddler to spend on one activity, atleast for mine it is. He loved the car ramp. He played with it the first time for about ten minutes and then was bored and went to something else. I left it out and after his nap he came back to it for a few more minutes until he figured ripping it off the couch would be more fun.

Finger Painting Inside of a Zip Lock Bag

Time Spent Preparing:2 minutes
Materials Cost: A few cents worth of paint, paper and ziplock bag
Time it Entertained: 2 minutes
Clean-Up:Painless

I hate wasting my ziplock bags, I try not to use stuff that just gets thrown away. With that just as a side thought, this activity wasn’t very entertaining for my son. He may just be too young. I won’t be trying this one until he’s a bit older.

Cowboy Woody Infant Costume


I’m kinda weird when it comes to costumes (check out my Elastagirl Costume). I like to have everything be an exact replica of the movie or exactly like the picture in my head. It’s hard to accept not having them come out perfect because their handmade, but they are closer to perfect than the cheap store bought costumes.

The Shirt
Materials:
Yellow Paint or Dye
Red Paint
White Onsie (You can save time with buying a yellow onsie, but I couldn’t find any that were plain)

The baby didn’t wear this much, so I wasn’t spending too much money on it, so I used what I had. I had a white onsie and the paint. The paint dried very crunchy so I only painted parts of it, and I actually just used acrylic paint and washed it before he wore it. Anyway, paint or dye the shirt yellow. We painted the front down to the waistline, the arms, and a little of the back by the arms. We also left white circles for the buttons. After it dried we painted the red stripes. We just free-handed the lines. Before putting it on the baby we had to stretch it out a whole bunch because of the paint.

The Vest
Materials:
White Fabric
Black Fabric (Something that won’t fray, like from an old t-shirt or felt)

I used a sweater vest that someone had given us to use as a pattern, you can use a onsie or something else, and cut out where the arms would be. I laid the vest flat and drew around the entire vest and cut out two of those in the white. I then folded one of them in half and cut it down the center. I put those two pieces together and cut a v-neck shape and rounded the bottom. (I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of the process for you, I don’t feel that I am explaining this well without them but I’m sure you can figure out something!)

With the black fabric cut out cow spot shapes. It’s just like a cloud and can be whatever you want. This was the funnest part!

With black thread on the top and white thread in your bobbin sew on the cow spots wherever you would like. Since they won’t fray you don’t have to worry how pretty your sewing is as long as they are on there ok! I went with circle-ish shapes getting close to the edges. Ok, they were very rectangular circles, but you can’t tell!

Now you can sew the pieces of your vest together. Put the outsides together and sew the two top sides and the two bottoms sides. The vest was so easy and very cute!

The Boots

Materials:
Pleather (I should say vinyl, that’s what it really is but I scored at Goodwill and got it for just a couple bucks, you can use a cheaper plain brown fabric or something else if you want)
Baby Boot Pattern(I used McCalls M6342)
Embroidery Thread(Optional)
Sharpie

After the pieces were cut out I added design to the boots. There are little lines on the toe and a cactus on the outer side. I started embroidering, but then decided I liked the sharpie look just as much (it was more toy-ish) but I did a little of both and made the boots match. I also added tabs to both sides of both boots. The designs were copied from a picture of the character at disneyland but you can find other pictures online.

Mine were hand sewn because it is hard to maneuver the sewing machine around these tiny shoes. I took shortcuts with the pattern (pleather won’t fray so I didn’t do any unnecessary seams).

After the fact I realize that although they were cute the boots were the biggest waste of time, because they were quite a bit time consuming and the baby kicked them off every time he wore them and I couldn’t even keep them on long enough for the picture.

The Hat
Materials:
Pleather

You might want to go find some sort of pattern for the hat. Or if you are making this for a bigger kid you can find them cheaply everywhere. My dilemma was that my kid has a small head, so this is done kind of oddly. A soft lining would have been nicer for him too.

If you are making your own I used a dinner plate and a bucket hat that fit him to come up with a pattern. Cut out two of the dinner plate. Cut out one of the size of the top of the bucket hat plus an inch or two around. Cut out a rectangular shape that is the height of the bucket hat and long enough to go around the smaller circle (that you made from the top of the bucket hat) plus a couple of inches. Very exact, huh?

Sewing this gets kind of crazy too. If you have a better way, I would love to see it! First sew the rectangular shape to the smaller circle. Start with the right sides together at the edges and try to hold the circle as you feed the rectangle under the presser foot. Go slow and it should be easier than it seems. When you finish there should be ends touching each other. Sew those together with the right sides touching.

Next, put the right sides of your dinner plate circles together. Sew the outer edge. and then turn it inside out. Set the top part of the hat in the center of the dinner plate circles (this will be your brim) and mark where the top part of the hat is going to be. Now cut a small hole in the very center of your brim and cut a line to where you marked. Cut a few more lines from the center to where the top part will be. It should look like this.

Black is the dinner plate piece, the gray is where you marked where the rest of the hat will be, and the red is the cut lines.

Now you should be able to sew the rest of the hat to the brim. Fold the triangle shapes under the rest of the hat (trim them after) and sew the middle piece of the hat to the brim. Now you can trim those triangle shapes from the brim. I told you, it was kind of a tacky way of doing it but it worked.

The Bandana

Materials:
Red T-Shirt Fabric
White Paint Pen

I cut out a piece of a red t-shirt. I guessed on the whole pattern. I looked at a bib, but made it long enough that you could tie. I zig-zag stitched the edges and then my husband drew white X’s all over it.

The Belt
Materials:
Pleather
Belt Buckle

I was thinking about a cute “Woody” copy, but I was on a time crunch and couldn’t finish everything I wanted to do, so Grandpa’s belt buckle worked. I sewed a long strip of the pleather and stapled the buckle on. I wouldn’t do that for an older baby that gets into things but mine wasn’t doing to much of that then. I made sure the bottom of the staple was going towards the jeans so it wasn’t out to catch on anything. I punched a few holes in the pleather and called it good!

The Jeans
Materials:
Jeans

These were the easiest of all! I didn’t do a thing, we already had them!.

The Extras I Didn’t Do
If I had time I would have done these:
-Buttons to the shirt (I left some white circles when I painted but real buttons on the sleeves would have been cool
-A Sheriff Badge(I was looking for sticker that they give out to kids but never found one in time)
-Pull String (I had one of those retractable name badge things I wanted to rig up under the vest and just have a plastic circle showing)

Toy Laptop

My son always wants to play with my laptop- and if he gets to it before I do he inevitably does something that I never knew how to do. Did you know sticky notes change color?

I saved a keyboard from my old laptop that was thrown out because I knew the keys could atleast be used as scrapbooking letters. Instead, I wanted to make my son his own laptop. I still keep it up and only let him play with it occasionally, so I think that he still thinks that it’s the real deal! He at least knows that it’s special! Also, it probably isn’t a very safe toy, so that is another reason it is only played with on occasion, I want him to be supervised! This could be embellished tons more, be creative! This was all I felt like doing, maybe I will add more later, like icons.

Materials:
Old Laptop Keyboard
Cardboard
Acrylic Paint
Buttons
Hot Glue
Super Glue
Picture
Mod Podge

Directions:
1. Cut out your cardboard, paint so that it doesn’t look like cardboard. Fold cardboard in half.
2. Mod podge your picture to where the screen would be.
3. Super glue keyboard to cardboard, hot glue or super glue buttons on as power buttons.
Let dry, then enjoy playing!

Decorations for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

I found inspiration on Pinterest to paint cardboard to make party props. My idea was to have a huge caterpillar hanging on the wall, but I went a little smaller scale this time.

My first price of art I was too excited about and I showed it off before it was finished, see it here.

This big fat caterpillar was done by my sister. She drew it out and painted it all herself. She tried to make each color match the book by mixing them.

These ones I did myself. I really liked the way they turned out, I’m stalling at throwing them out.
Another sister of mine came over the day of the party to help decorate. She put streamers up everywhere for me. Everything looked great around the house!

Painted Charger Plate

I made this over a year ago, but I never posted it. I don’t have a place that I love for it yet, it sits on a crowded shelf for now and for the past year. I need to re-arrange some things and put it somewhere I love.


I recently stenciled some more plates and hung them in my dining room, so you can use the tutorial that I posted it over at Arizona Mama to make your own. Check it out here!

Lollipop Favor Display


For our Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party, I wanted to give out homemade lollipops but I failed at them, and don’t have time for trying them again. Instead I bought some suckers.

(Grandma: the recipe was fine, I just didn’t understand “hard crack” and I think they were the wrong temperature. They tasted good still!)

The preschooler I watch loves to paint, she helped me pain most of our decorations for this party. We both painted these lollipops to look like the ones in the book. She also paired the suckers, ribbon and painted lollipops together while I tied them.

Materials:
Cardstock
Acrylic Paint
Ribbon
Lollipops or Suckers
Cereal Box
Basket

Directions:
1. Draw lollipops on cardstock and paint them.

2. Once they are dry, cut out the lollipops.

3. Cut small pieces of ribbon.

4. Tie the lollipop pictures to the suckers.

5. Paint a cereal box green. We could have added a second coat to make it look a bit better, but we went with the quick and easy way this time, and only did one. We also only did the top half.

6. After the cereal box is dry, stuff it with crunched up newspaper.

7. Use a knife to make slits for the suckers to go into. Stick the suckers into the holes and put the box into a basket. Any other lollipop pictures can be taped to the front of the cereal box.

Now it’s ready for the party table. Thanks for checking this out, I hope you come back after the party to see the other details!