Potato Print Tea Towels

6 Materials
30 Minutes

If you're looking for the perfect handmade gift this holiday season (or for any occasion) these stamped tea towels make the perfect gift! The best part? They are budget-friendly and are made using a potato stamp! We're also sharing a fool-proof method to create the perfect stamp pattern in your potato. Bye-bye carving! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
SUPPLIES: - Potato (round is always better) - Knife - Tea Towel - Mini cookie cutter - Ink (fabric-safe) - Cutting Board
Step 1: Cut your potato Using a large knife, cut your potato in half width-wise. Ensure the surface is large enough to fit a cookie cutter.
Step 2: Push in the cookie cutter Now comes the fun part! Using cookie cutters, you can create a perfect design every time. No more hand carving with a knife. This is also a great way for older children to participate safely. Place the cookie cutter in the center of the potato. Press the cutter at least 3/4" into the potato.
Step 3: Cut away the potato Using a knife, cut 1/2" of the potato away from the cookie cutter. Remove the excess slice of the potato away and pull off the cookie cutter.
You're left with a beautiful cut-out, ready for stamping.
Step 5: Place it in the ink Place your potato stamp in the ink. Remember to use fabric-safe ink, which contains dye-based ink. This will ensure you can wash it safely without the ink transferring to other items. If you're working on white tea towels, you can select any color of ink you'd like. Have fun with it!
Step 6: Stamp away! Create any type of pattern you'd like. You can use several different types of potato stamps to mix and match patterns and create new designs.
And, we're done! These potato-stamped tea towels were so simple to make, budget-friendly and make great gifts. The possibilities are endless. Happy stamping!

Suggested materials:

  • Potato  (Stop & Shop (on-hand))
  • Knife  (on-hand)
  • Tea Towel  (Target)
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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Barb
    on Jan 11, 2017

    Are they washable in washing machine

    • Laura Rudgers
      on Jan 11, 2017

      She wrote that is was safe to do so if you use fabric-safe ink. My guess is that you can purchase it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby or any larger fabric and/or craft store

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Hi Barb, Thank you for your question. Laura is correct, if you use fabric-safe ink (recommended) then it should be more than fine to wash in the machine. As always, check the label of your ink first to ensure it is washing machine safe. Certain brands may vary.

    • Est14173277
      on Sep 14, 2017

      how come they did not tell her to iron it before wash ?wouldn't that set the color ?
    • Moe Boatman
      on Jan 13, 2018

      I wonder... do people not think or comprehend before asking questions? I find this site with such cute ideas & so many argumentative questions after every project! PEOPLE USE SOME COMMON SENSE! BTW This is an adorable idea to do & fun to do with my grandaughter. Ty
    • Susan Williamson
      on Oct 20, 2018

      Only if you use fabric ink

    • Delores
      on Jan 22, 2019

      It's also A Good idea to wash and dry the towels before stamping to remove any chemicals or coatings that would interfere with the ink being permanent.

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2 of 48 comments
  • Sco19943475
    on Sep 24, 2017

    I plan to do this with my grandsons to make Christmas gifts for their parents. Kids usually love crafting.
  • Luann White
    on Dec 17, 2019

    I carved lips for valentine with a potato a few years ago. if u can carve it u can stamp with a potato. I also sliced a apple in half and used it to stamp apple designs

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