Potato Print Clothing

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

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

46 thoughts on “Potato Print Clothing”

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. youclevermonkey

    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.

  5. 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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  9. 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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