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Do it yourself: Potato stamp patterned top

Living with three young and creative kids has revived the goofy love of DIY that has been dormant in me. As Halloween approached, I decided to get them to each make their own ghoulishly themed holiday t-shirts. Of course, I had to test-run the idea first!

So, happily I can share with all our lovely It’s Mine Now followers how to create your own Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Patterned Top (Phew).

Materials required:

  • Plain t-shirt in a size of your choice (I like things baggy so chose a large).
  • Black marker pen.
  • Fabric dye in a colour of your choice.
  • Paintbrush.
  • A large potato.
  • A sharp knife.
  • A toothpick.
  • A paper plate.
  • A pair of scissors.

Step one:

Make sure you have all the tools you require to create your personalised piece of perfection.

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

Step 2:

If you want to alter your t-shirt in any way, now’s the time to do it. I decided to make my neck a little loser, and to cut off my sleeves. Use the black marker pen to map out your changes and the scissors to cut the excess away.

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

Step 3 and step 4:

Make your potato stamp. This isn’t as easy as you might initially think. I chose to do a cat face shape and struggled with getting the ears perfect. You may want to practice once or twice before choosing your final shape.

Mark out your shape with the marker pen and use the knife to carve away the empty space. I.e. you will carve away the space around the shape you want to use o your t-shirt. It’s better to use as simple a shape as possible here. Once you’re happy with your shape, use the paintbrush to spread a thin layer of the fabric paint onto your potato stamp and test it out by stamping the paper plate. This will also help you to gauge how much paint to use for each stamp.

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

Step 5:

Before you start stamping! Here’s a helpful hint: use a toothpick to mark the “top” of your stamp to ensure that each time you place it on the material it doesn’t go skew. I learnt this the hard way and ended up with a few cats gone awry.

Think about what pattern you want to use and once you feel comfortable with what you want go ahead and stamp, stamp, stamp.

If you want your pattern to be dark and bold then I would suggest applying a thin layer of fabric paint between each stamp. I didn’t mind mine looking a bit faded so I ended up reapplying the paint every third or so stamp.

You can also use a toothpick and fabric paint to add on any small and finer details. I added a few whiskers to some of my cats.

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

And voila!

Do It Yourself Potato Stamp Personalised t-shirt.

We’d love to see some of your own DIY projects so send us some links to letschat@itsminenow.com.

Jade x x

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4 comments on “Do it yourself: Potato stamp patterned top

  1. Lorien
    November 8, 2013

    I think it’s awesome. And your hair is so divine too. x

    • itsminenowblog
      January 29, 2014

      Oh Lola you’re too lovely! Thanks lady.

      Miss you lots!

      Jade x

  2. gugsdiaryof
    November 8, 2013

    Love your phone cover ^_^ tshirt’s cool too

    • itsminenowblog
      January 29, 2014

      Thank you! It was a gift – I love Adventure Time.

      Jade x

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