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Project

Potato-Stamp Shirt

Introduction

Baking potatoes turn into custom stamps for fabric paint; to obtain the best results, use shirts made of washable cotton.


Flowers
Each part of a decoration can be made with a separate potato stamp. For this design, we cut a blossom with a flower cookie cutter, leaves with an aspic cutter (normally used for shaping jellied garnishes), and a stem with a knife.

Stars
A large, simple shape like this star is easiest for younger kids.

Letters
Use letter cookie cutters to spell out names. Place cutter on potato half so letter is backward; cut out. Turn stamp over, and dip into paint. The same method works for numbers.

Polka Dots
A fingerling potato makes great dots -- just cut off the tip.

Materials

  • Potatoes
  • Cookie cutter
  • Fabric paint
  • Aspic cutter

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Slice a potato (we used large russets) in half lengthwise. Place a cookie cutter on the cut side of one half; set aside other potato half to use for another stamp.

  2. Step 2

    Push cutter through potato, keeping potato steady on table; break away excess potato. Poke shape out of cutter; blot away any moisture with a paper towel.

  3. Step 3

    Using a craft stick, spread a thin layer of fabric paint on a paper plate. Dip potato shape, white side down, into paint a few times, moving it around for an even coat; wipe off any paint on sides of stamp with a paper towel.

  4. Step 4

    Slip a piece of cardboard inside a cotton shirt, then stamp the shape onto shirt, pressing down firmly for five seconds. Let paint dry completely before adding any other stamps.

  5. Step 5

    Each part of a decoration can be made with a separate potato stamp. For this design, we cut a blossom with a flower cookie cutter, leaves with an aspic cutter (normally used for shaping jellied garnishes), and a stem with a knife.

  6. Step 6

    A large, simple shape like this star is easiest for younger kids.

  7. Step 7

    Use letter cookie cutters to spell out names. Place cutter on potato half so letter is backward; cut out. Turn stamp over, and dip into paint. The same method works for numbers.

  8. Step 8

    A fingerling potato makes great dots -- just cut off the tip.

Source
Kids Good Things 2006

Reviews (4)

  • sewsimple 23 Mar, 2012

    Can someone tell me what the washing instructions are for this garment after it has been painted?

    Thanks
    Sew Simple

  • beatabas 17 Nov, 2009

    Very cute

  • ManicCat 3 Mar, 2009

    Very cute.

  • ManicCat 3 Mar, 2009

    Very cute.