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Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


How to: Make a Printed Pillow Cover with Potato Stamps

how to make a printed pillow cover

I made this pillow sham using a stamp that I carved from a potato. Here how to make a printed pillow cover of your own!

My friend Sarah Lodato runs a crafting school here in Atlanta called Atlanta Institute of Stitches and Crafts. She teaches fun crafting workshops out of her studio and all over the city, and at a recent workshop we played around with potato printing. It was actually a block printing workshop, and she had both blocks to carve and potatoes. I found potato printing such a fun throw-back activity, and when I wanted to make myself a cute, modern pillow cover I decided it was potato time!

What I love about stamping is that you can turn a boring piece of vintage or stash fabric into exactly the design that you want. I chose some organic cotton muslin in off white for the front and a contrasting vintage print for the back, but you don’t have to use plain fabric. Stamping on a light-colored print fabric can be a lot of fun, too, and it yields some interesting results.

This project is a lot of fun, and you can even get your kiddos involved, if you want! Just make sure you either supervise closely during the parts that call for a knife or let them do the designing and stamping and you handle the cutting and carving.

Ready to get your potato on? Click here for how to make a printed pillow cover!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to How to: Make a Printed Pillow Cover with Potato Stamps

  1. Sarah says:

    Hooray! Thanks for the shout-out — and so glad you enjoyed the craft night and felt inspired to make more!

    This pillow is super cute, I love how you repeated a simple shape for a really interesting print. Doesn’t it make you want to print all of your own materials?

  2. Thank you! It really does. I want to try some other techniques, too!

  3. Pingback: 15 Surprising Uses for Potatoes | Care2 Healthy Living

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