Can You Make Car Window Decal from Vinyl Samples?

I recently went to a going-out-of-business sale at a fabric and upholstery shop I got tons of faux leather / vinyl pieces with the cloth backing on the back. I would like to make DIY car window decals with them. I'm not usually very crafty LOL. Any ideas?

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August 25, 20200 found this helpful

Faux leather and vinyl like you describe will sun rot very quickly so I would not use them in windows. I hate putting work into things and having them be ruined.

There are lots of other things they can be used for--doll house furnishings, junk journals, piecing together for purses or bags and pillows.

YouTube has a lot of good videos!! Post back what you decide.

If you decide not to use them, I have sold large USPS boxes of these on eBay. I always let them run as 7 day auctions and depending on the materials, they can fetch $10-100 a boxed lot. The higher amounts are for the good quality faux pieces!

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August 25, 20200 found this helpful

It is a nice idea but I do not think it would last too long at all. This type of leather or upholstery that you are talking about is used in a home and not in a car where the sun will beat down on it all day long. The leather will easily fade and crack in the sun. One really cute idea to do with this is stuffed boxes. You can get some boxes and some cotton. Cut the piece of fabric to go on top of the box and put the cotton in it to make it stuffed or puffy.

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Little boxes like this are great for storing all kinds of stuff in. You can also make some homemade dollhouse furniture that can easily sell. If you have some old chairs at home make a patchwork cover for them and recover your chairs. There is a lot you can do with this fabric and you can actually get really creative and have a lot of fun even if you are not a crafty person.

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August 26, 20200 found this helpful

I wouldn't advise your car window. The heat will change it fast, the residue also would leave damage to you car as it fades and peels from heat and moisture. You could try lining a box , drawer. You could adhere it to a tray, empty food cans (pencil cup) , book cover, pencil pouches, mouse pad, the list goes on!

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August 26, 20200 found this helpful

I think that's a bit thick of a material for that.

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August 27, 20200 found this helpful

You do not say what sizes of material you acquired but I'm assuming you did not pay a lot of money so maybe try thinking out of the box if you're wanting to use these to make your money back and some extra.

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This type of material is not made to be exposed to the weather (high or low temperatures) or exposed to the sun as the color will fade quickly (even inside).
This is usually a thick material and will most likely require a suitable sewing machine as not all machines will sew 2 of these pieces together. Sewing by hand is usually not suitable and would be difficult.

So - what is left to do?
I believe Pghgirl had the best idea when she mentioned selling boxes of pieces online as there are crafts people who already work with material like this and may be interested.
It really may depend on the size of the pieces.
I would suggest you group similar sizes and find suitable boxes - not too large a box as you do not want to have a box that USPS uses size of box measurements as well as weight as this will double/triple the cost to ship.

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You'll need good pictures (you can spread pieces on the floor/bed/chair - overlapping) but use several angles so pieces can be seen. Then just quote number of pieces, largest size to smallest size and type of material.

If you want to use larger quantities & larger boxes, you can list them on sites and state: no shipping - local pick up only.
List your boxes on sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, letgo, offerup or other sites you're familiar with. List on every site so you'll have a larger buyer group.
Start your prices higher and best offer and see what reaction you receive. Be sure you're asking high enough to make money as you can always lower the price if no one seems interested.
Don't be in a big hurry as sales take time for different people to view your items.

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