Measure your mailbox to get the right amount of fabric of course.
- Yellow and black fabric (I used cheap broad cloth), and scraps of red and white.
- Heat n Bond iron-on vinyl
- Regular fabric Heat n Bond or Wonder Under.
- sticky back Velcro
I did not take pictures of all the steps because it is really so simple. You just need to have the measurements of your mailbox at hand. Make a template for the square windows, stop sign, and for the round circles that will be your wheels. Using a template will insure they are all equal size.
You are going to start by cutting from the yellow fabric a piece that is long enough and wide enough to cover your mailbox. Then you will just cut out all the pieces and using the regular Heat n Bond iron them onto your yellow fabric. Remember you want to make the bus show up on both sides of the mailbox so you will have to add the cut outs to both ends of your fabric. I did not sew the pieces down because it will be sandwiched between vinyl and not washed so unraveling should not be a big problem. Save the wheels for later.
Then you will take the vinyl and following the directions on the package you will apply it to the front and back side of your fabric. Then you will cut out two strips that will serve as your straps to Velcro the cover onto your mailbox. I used the yellow fabric for this. Then I laminated it with the vinyl as well. I sewed one end of each of the straps onto one side of the cover (right side to right side). Then I sewed on the wheels on that side. Only sew the top part of the tire down, because you do not want it to wrap underneath the mailbox with your strap. You will then sew the other tires to the other end of your strap. Then you will put it on your mailbox and apply your sticky back Velcro. NOTE: You will need to at some point cut out a place for the flag on your mailbox. I did this after everything was applied.
|This is where my Velcro straps attached.|
I love how from a distance it just looks like a bus cut out, and you can't even tell there is black fabric there. Best of all you can just wipe the surface clean, too.
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