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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Wall Art Tutorial (with templates)

After making the transport-themed quilt cover for the little man, the next step was to make matching wall art (so I could move the nursery animal wall art I made into the baby’s room). I had space on the wall for 4 pictures, so I decided to skip the bicycle from the quilt as it was way to fiddly. That left me with a plane, a train, a car and a boat.

Here’s a quick tutorial (including templates):

Art canvases (Mine were 30cm x 30cm (12″x12″))
Fabric (I used quilter’s weight cotton to match the quilt)
Medium-weight iron-on interfacing
Scissors and/or exacto knife
Fabric Glue
Paper and Printer (to print out template)


1. Paint the art canvases. I like to make sure I paint the sides, and used two coats of paint to get good, even coverage.

2. Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric (as per packet instructions). I use this to make the fabric a bit stiffer and to stop the fabric glue from seeping through, making the fabric hard and tacky. I prefer the soft fabric look and feel!

3. Print out the template from here.
4. Cut out the templates and trace onto the interfacing-side of the fabric (in reverse!). Cut the fabric pieces.

5. Using fabric glue, stick the fabric pieces to the canvases.

Once again, you can find the template I used here. (Note: this is the first time I’ve linked to a google document – please let me know in the comments or via email if you can’t access it!)

I’ve still got a couple more decorations for my son’s room to show you – stay tuned!

Edited to add: I’ve fixed up the link to the template. Let me know if there are any more problems!


  1. I love those! But when I tried to open the google document it wouldn’t work. Is there another way I could get the template?
    Thanks alot!!

  2. These are so cute! Love this idea!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again this week! Also, I’d like to invite you to my Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party next Thursday!

  3. Hi,
    I want to make a truck one too and was wondering what font style and size you used for the words so I could match your templates.
    You’re right about lack of boy fabric and I was never able to find any car sheets to match the quilt I made for my 2 yr old big boy bed.

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