Potato Print Clothing

December 21, 2009



Olive made potato print clothes for her siblings this year. We bought supplies on Friday and Saturday (clothing items and fabric paint) and on Sunday afternoon we carved our potatoes and got to printing.





We put pink and gold hearts on a little corduroy dress for Betty (these pics are before the gold hearts were added). They curve around the side of the dress.



We put red and silver smiley faces on a navy tee for Oscar.




We put brown and black skulls on the back of a grey t-shirt for Ralph.





We knew Maude really wanted a hoodie, and we found a lovely cable-knit, pullover, hooded sweater in grey that we thought she would love. But. We knew we wouldn’t be able to print directly on it very well. So we printed on a washed piece of canvas instead (bird, stars and dots), then used big stitches to attach the canvas to the grey sweater. I think it’s my favorite.

As long as we were printing, Olive wanted something for herself as well. So we put pink and purple hearts on a turquoise sweatshirt just for her. (For those who are curious, we bought all 5 items of clothing at Old Navy on Friday night and the total cost was about $30.)

Want more ideas? Here are some links to other sibling gifts we’ve made:
- Decoupaged nightlight
- Embellished gloves

- Jumpropes
- Ribbon flowers (as belts, clips and hairpins)
- Glitter Initials
- Decoupaged Sketchbook

- Tutu, decoupaged bucket for matchbox cars, after-school bags, tiedye tees
- Flower headbands
- Wool mittens from recycled sweaters, embellished dragon mittens, sculpey bracelets, bibs, snowglobes and romper stompers made from cans
- Bubble bath, circle loom scarf
- Ribbon barrettes, painted t-shirt
- Bean bags, heating pad, hand chalk (for gymnastics), iPod cover

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1 luke and pamela December 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm

wow, these are so great! i am totally giving this a try in 2010! love that they make gifts for each other.

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2 Yvonne December 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I would love to have every gift your kids made for myself…such great ideas.

Such a great idea!

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3 mrs boo radley December 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm

LOVE the skulls…and the grey sweater. Nice work!

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4 Aspen Anne December 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Love that you've found things the kids can really do – and that skull-heads were included. Rare to see a craft a boy would like.

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5 Aspen December 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Love that you've found things the kids can really do – and that skull-heads were included. Rare to see a craft a boy would like.

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6 Asianmommy December 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Adorable! What a fun project.

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7 Sarah December 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm

What a great gift and fun project for the kids. love them all. thanks.

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8 Jenny December 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

What a coincidence…that's the craft I had planned for today! Great!

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9 Teresa December 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Thank you so much for posting this wonderful project. I was trying to think of what my 2 1/2 year old daughter could make for gifts for her aunts and grandparents. I used your potato print idea to make grocery totes this morning. She printed some plain totes with carrot and apple shapes. Perfect gift and she is so proud of it. Thank you!!!

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10 Holly December 21, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Those skulls are brillant! Looks like something straight out of some expensive children's boutique.

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11 Meg December 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm

the skulls are my favorite.

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12 3StinkyBoysAndMe December 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm

What a great idea! The clothes came out so well!

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13 Jan (Mixing Bowl Kids) December 21, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I love potato stamps! Great idea for gifts. We follow Christmas with all of our birthdays and we may just use this idea for the gift exchange.

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14 a pina colada December 22, 2009 at 3:15 am

I love all your homemade gift ideas! That is smart to stamp a cloth and then sew that piece to the sweater! This has totally inspired me for next year! Thanks!

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15 Meg December 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

I love this idea. It's so wonderful the thought and craftiness you and your daughter put into this! I love everything about this project. I hope I'll be as hands on and creative as you when I have kids!

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16 RT December 22, 2009 at 6:23 pm

How did you carve the potatoes exactly? I tried this once and made a HUGE mess of it. lol.

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17 Sarah December 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Just want you to know that you've inspired my family (and probably hundreds of others) to have a more meaningful Christmas. The handmade sibling gifts we created with inspiration from you (hairbows, braclets, pillowcases, and money jars) have really helped us to be less commercial and more giving. Heartfelt thanks!!

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18 Kim December 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

What fabulous ideas!! I may have to copy! (and I am so not crafty!)

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19 Stephanie December 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm

What a great hoodie. Way better than anything you could buy in-store.

I'm loving all your handmade gift ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us!

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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20 Adventures In Babywearing December 23, 2009 at 12:04 am

This,and the embellished gloves is just genius.

Steph

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21 Roshanthi December 23, 2009 at 12:11 am

love this idea. We used potato prints all the time growing up in a poor country is asia! I wanna see a photo of your kids in all the potato print garb… please!

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22 mens dress shirts December 23, 2009 at 2:36 am

Very cute, i will be very happy if i have a t-shirts like this

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23 emily December 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

i love this!!

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24 Terresa December 31, 2009 at 3:32 am

Love the potato prints. Did 'em as a kid but with apples in 2nd grade.

These picts & ideas are presh!!

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25 men's dress shirts online January 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

that's so neat! its times like these that makes me wish i had family. ahh one day

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26 Laine March 14, 2010 at 3:15 am

You made me stand up from my computer chair and go shoping for some potatoes and textile colour! Thank you so much!

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27 Laine March 14, 2010 at 4:15 am

You made me stand up from my computer chair and go shoping for some potatoes and textile colour! Thank you so much!

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28 Michal Levison May 12, 2010 at 7:56 am

Wonderful! They cam uot so great! What brand of fabric paint did you use?

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29 youclevermonkey June 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm

How to make an old idea new again! Very clever! I love the little birdy :)

For those of us in a hurry I’ve also found you can use cookie cutters to make your shapes – just cut your potato in half, press down on the cookie cutter until it’s at least half way in then use a sharp knife to run around the outside before removing your cutter.

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30 gie July 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

Love this idea looking forward to this project on weekend with my daughter.thanks for sharing and continue to inspire ang share your amazing ideas.

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31 Liana August 23, 2010 at 2:42 am

These are absolutely darling. I think we will do these with my 3 boys!

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32 Emily @ Merrypad December 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Oh man, so cute. The girlie and I spent a night last week ‘tato stamping wrapping paper for grandma and grandpa. I posted some pics here if you want to see how capable we were (haha):
http://www.merrypad.com/2010/12/20/potato-painting-gift-wrapping/

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33 Becky November 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Can you re-post the link to the matchbox car bucket? I am so interested:), but the link is broken!

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34 The BabbyMama November 28, 2011 at 5:05 am

Just wanted to check in to say we totally did this on totes as Christmas gifts – we did try to get my daughter involved, but it turns out that 2.75 years old is a little too wee to understand the connection between paint, potatoes, and fabric. Ah, well. She and I will paint on paper to make wrapping paper make up for her frustration. My husband and I had fun, anyway!

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35 sara August 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

The links in here don’t work anymore. :(

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36 sara August 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

these are soooo cute though! :)

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37 Tosha February 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

These look wonderful, I haven’t done potato printing in awhile. I love the sweater with the square sewed on!

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