Monday, December 21, 2009

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

- Jumpropes
- 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

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Blogger luke and pamela said...

wow, these are so great! i am totally giving this a try in 2010! love that they make gifts for each other.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Yvonne said...

I would love to have every gift your kids made for myself...such great ideas.

Such a great idea!

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:20:00 PM EST  
Blogger mrs boo radley said...

LOVE the skulls...and the grey sweater. Nice work!

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Aspen said...

Love that you've found things the kids can really do - and that skull-heads were included. Rare to see a craft a boy would like.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:30:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Asianmommy said...

Adorable! What a fun project.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a great gift and fun project for the kids. love them all. thanks.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jenny said...

What a coincidence...that's the craft I had planned for today! Great!

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:42:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Teresa said...

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!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 5:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Holly said...

Those skulls are brillant! Looks like something straight out of some expensive children's boutique.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 6:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Meg said...

the skulls are my favorite.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 6:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger 3StinkyBoysAndMe said...

What a great idea! The clothes came out so well!

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 7:17:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jan (Mixing Bowl Kids) said...

I love potato stamps! Great idea for gifts. We follow Christmas with all of our birthdays and we may just use this idea for the gift exchange.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 7:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger a pina colada said...

I love all your homemade gift ideas! That is smart to stamp a cloth and then sew that piece to the sweater! This has totally inspired me for next year! Thanks!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 3:15:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Meg said...

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!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger RT said...

How did you carve the potatoes exactly? I tried this once and made a HUGE mess of it. lol.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 6:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sarah said...

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!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 7:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kim said...

What fabulous ideas!! I may have to copy! (and I am so not crafty!)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 8:14:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

What a great hoodie. Way better than anything you could buy in-store.

I'm loving all your handmade gift ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 10:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

This,and the embellished gloves is just genius.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 12:04:00 AM EST  
Blogger Roshanthi said...

love this idea. We used potato prints all the time growing up in a poor country is asia! I wanna see a photo of your kids in all the potato print garb... please!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 12:11:00 AM EST  
Anonymous mens dress shirts said...

Very cute, i will be very happy if i have a t-shirts like this

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 2:36:00 AM EST  
Blogger emily said...

i love this!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 11:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Terresa said...

Love the potato prints. Did 'em as a kid but with apples in 2nd grade.

These picts & ideas are presh!!

Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 3:32:00 AM EST  
Anonymous men's dress shirts online said...

that's so neat! its times like these that makes me wish i had family. ahh one day

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:57:00 AM EST  
Blogger Laine said...

You made me stand up from my computer chair and go shoping for some potatoes and textile colour! Thank you so much!

Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4:15:00 AM EDT  

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