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.

Materials needed:
1 potato
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
fabric paint
paint brush
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.

With right sides together sew one strip of contrast fabric to each end of dishcloth.  Contrast fabric should extend past the hemmed edges by 1/2" on each side.  Press seam allowances toward contrast fabric.

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.


  1. You have such a gift. I love all the things you make. I think your bee and beehive are sooo cute! and the fabric and flowers go perfectly with them! Great Job!

  2. Oh, Lisa, again you have outdone yourself! You are definitely an inspiration!