I Love to Create – Graffiti VANdalism

Monster plushies have already been done and throw pillows seem a little old fashioned. What is a girl to do? I know make a van pillow.

I have never been so happy to have not one, but two abandoned 70’s vans in my neighborhood. It all started when I read about artist Kevin Cyr on My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses. Once I laid eyes on his amazing graffiti covered vans every large vehicle started to look like a canvas to me. Lucky for me not only did I have those vans in my neighborhood, I also happen to have a whole slew of Fashion Graffiti products from I Love to Create. It was as if fate was trying to tell me something.

Sewing Machine
Tulip Fashion Graffiti Big Phat Fabric Markers
Pillow Stuffing
Needle Thread
Tulip Fashion Graffiti Dimensional Fabric Paint Taggers
Paint Brush
June Tailor Printer Fabric
Digital Camera
Tulip Fashion Graffiti Stencils
Fusible Web

The first thing I did is take a little stroll through my neighborhood and snap a few pictures of vans. Once I got the pictures on my computer I doctored them a little bit in photoshop. For instance I took out the big window on this orange van so that I would have more space to cover with graffiti.

Once I had the photographs the way I wanted to them I enlarged them and printed the pictures on fabric that will go through your ink jet printer.

The key to getting a good graffiti look is layers. I played around with all my Tulip Fashion Graffiti goodies using the stencils, phat markers and taggers. I even busted out a ball point pen.

At this point what you do with your fabric van is up to you. I ironed fusible web to the back of the blue van and attached it to what was once a skirt that I cut up and sewed into a pillow. For the orange van I used a Tulip Fashion Graffiti stencil that said ‘Fancy’ on a piece of fabric which was to be the backing of my plushie. Feel free to use your van as an applique on a T-shirt or as an extra large extra plush necklace pendant.

If you are going the pillow route. Pin like sides of fabric together. Using your sewing machine stitch all the way around leaving a small opening. Go around the edges with your scissors and make small cuts taking care not to cut your stitches. Turn your pillow right side out through the hole. You might need a chopstick or a knitting needle to help. Stuff your plushie and hand sew the hole closed.

Toddler toy or throw pillow, you decide! The best part is this graffiti is totally legal.

I leave you with the song I have had stuck in my head for the last week. I’d also like to point out that I showed this clip to my husband and he exclaimed: “This is from that movie ‘The Van‘, I rented it through Netflix”. Since when am I married to someone who watches bad 70’s movies about vans? I guess since I became someone who made vans into plush toys, apparently we were meant for each other.

8 Responses to “I Love to Create – Graffiti VANdalism”

  1. Kat

    My favorite van moment is in "Rock'n'Roll High School": Vince Van Patten on the phone, "Hey there, I'm just sitting here in my VAN listening to the new RAMONES ALBUM!"


    Fun pillows!


  2. Chris Boehk

    The best thing about The Van that I got from Netflix is that it comes on the same disc as The Cheerleaders, which is equally badass, and stars a pre-NERDS Robert Carradine. It looks now like you can't rent it anymore. Shame. By the way, sweetie, you forgot to mention that we did not egg the blue van. We would never do anything like that.

  3. Elizabeth

    OMG, Jennifer, I remember cruisin' in my '64 Studebaker Lark listenting to this when it was in regular airplay on AM radio. Too cute and sweet.

  4. Elaine-

    hi hi hi, just found your link from some old link that’s changed to this link, something about secretaries i think 🙂 had it on a long forgotten site of mine… you have a nice site here… you know, i think there would probably be a lot of people like me, who aren’t artsy, but like to hand stitch, because it’s relaxing, and would love to make weird creatures and …. vans…. can you write a book please? for people like me who don’t know how to do anything? 🙂 fanks, hurry please lol

    • Jennifer

      Howdy yup my old website was called Naughty Secretary Club. Just switched over to this beauty a few days ago. Glad you like the van pillows. Oh and I have written a book! It’s called Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry. Check it out on Amazon. Oh and be sure to check out the other hand stitching stuffies I have on the blog – sweetheart trees, teapot people and letters.


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