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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This only took the work of the painting and printing- a very easy project as long as you have a blank shirt to use.
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.
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!
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: Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
More Jeep Projects and Jeep Inspired Posts:
Jeep Sewing Projects
Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder
5 Reasons I Love My Husband