Saturday, February 18, 2012
Potato Print Dishcloth
I was caught once again with a slightly barren pantry. I did manage find this little hermit of a potato hiding behind a box of crackers.
Clearly, he's been there for a while. This might be the little brother of my hermit. Remember him?
My hermit is too old for cooking. But he will not go to waste. He will become a printing doohickey.
18" x 22" cotton fabric for main dishcloth
Two 5 1/2" x 18" strips of cotton fabric for edges
18" strip of ribbon or trim
cardboard or newspaper
Slice a potato in half. Make sure it's a clean, straight cut because this will be your printing surface. Since mine was a bit skinny, I cut it at a slight angle to make the surface area a bit larger.
Carve your design with a knife or a cookie cutter. I used my apple corer to get a nice round bee head.
Lines can be made by making little v-shaped cuts.
Place fabric down on top of cardboard or newspaper to catch any bleed-through from the paint.
Brush potato with paint and press to cloth. Press firmly. Lift straight up.
Brush potato with paint each time to ensure a clear image.
I really should have ironed the wrinkles out of my fabric first.
My girls were painting with their watercolors while I was potato printing. This is what happened when I asked them to wash their hands while I finished with the potato prints.
Allow the paint to dry completely and then heat set the fabric paint with an iron.
To hem edges, fold side edges over 1/4" twice and stitch.
Fold edge of contrast fabric down 1/2" and press. Then match up folded edge and sewn edge with right sides together .
Sew 1/2" seam along both sides of contrast fabric.
Turn contrast fabric right side out and stitch down open edge.
Add a length of trim, folding over raw edges if necessary.
Hang in a nice place and wait for spring to arrive.