12 Days of Craftmas: Day 5 – printed placemats

Potato print placemats

These simple printed placemats will add a touch of homemade love to your festive table

Potato print placemats

Creating your own stamps doesn’t have to involve shelling out on expensive tools and materials. Simply use a few leftover veggies to transform bland fabric into fresh and original table settings.

You will need:
• Eight 32 x 42cm rectangles of cotton or linen fabric
• Sewing machine, thread, scissors, iron
• A bag of potatoes
• A small, sharp, smooth (not serrated) knife
• Fabric paint
• Paintbrush
• Pencil and ruler

Step one:

Christmas potato print placemats

Place two fabric rectangles right sides together. Sew around perimeter with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a gap to turn. Turn right side out, fold opening hems inwards and pin. Run a top stitch around the outside edge. Repeat for other placemats. Press.

Step two:

Christmas potato print placemats

Cut a potato in half and draw your design on with a pencil. A simple arrow works well as a Christmas tree. Neatly cut away excess potato to reveal your shape. It should protrude by 1cm. It helps to cut your whole stamp into a block shape too.

Step three:

Christmas potato print placemats

Dip your potato in your fabric paint, or coat it with a paintbrush. Do a few test prints on a fabric scrap until you get the hang of it. For best results wipe away any excess and apply pressure evenly. Keep fingers paint-free to limit smudges.

Step four:

Christmas potato print placemats

Before you print your placemat, cover your surface. Keep it simple: often less is more.

Step five:

Christmas potato print placemats

Play around with various Christmassy shapes and patterns, like baubles, presents and berries. Experiment with leaving white space to allow your prints to pop.

Step six:

Christmas potato print placemats

Once your paint has dried, heat set it with a hot iron so they will be machine washable. And hey presto! Your table is now decked with the spirit of spuds.


This project originally appeared in issue 10 of Gathered by Mollie Makesbuy now

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