DIY Potato-Stamped Print Fabric Pillow

One of the most fun crafts I’ve done involves a potato. It’s a really simple craft that can either be used to replicate trends at a fraction of the cost, or easily create your own unique pattern. You can alter this tutorial to make patterns on tapestries, tea towels, linens, and more, and you can make it as simple or as complex as your pattern-loving heart desires.

You’ll need a pillow form, a rectangle of fabric (size dependent upon your pillow), large potato, a knife, fabric paint, a foam paint brush, a sewing machine, and some basic sewing skills. Alternatively, you could use an pre-fabricated pillowcase.

Cut your potato in half and draw a design in pencil or marker. The design could be anything from a dinosaur to a flower; an anchor to a peace sign. In the spirit of Curious Disposition and our logo, I chose a light bulb.

Use a foam brush to evenly spread some paint onto your new stamp and start stampin’. I chose to do mine in a diagonal-line pattern. It wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t going for perfect.

I got a smaller paintbrush and some gold paint and added some details to some of the light bulbs. Wait for your fabric to dry completely. Since I live in a house with a cat and a dog, I hung mine up for 45 minutes or so.

After your fabric is done drying, hem the two short sides. Just fold under twice and sew with a straight line. I needed, you’ll need to cut your fabric to the correct size. My pillow form was a 15″ square, so I needed my fabric to be 17″ x 37″. (The way I got those measurements: 15″ plus 2″ for seam allowance = 17″; 15″ x 2 = 30″ plus 5″ for an overlap plus 2″ seam allowance = 37″.)

Fold into thirds, and then overlap the two a little bit more, as much as you can to make a square. Sew down the sides, leaving a 1″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out and put your pillow inside its new case.

And you’re done! The next time I do this, I think I’ll make a wall hanging¬†with crescent moon shapes, or maybe unique (and inexpensive) gift wrapping using brown paper bags.