16 November 2015

HOW TO PRINT YOUR OWN CUSHION COVERS

How to Print your own cushion covers
I love creating things for the home and adding my own stamp where possible and for a while now I've been looking for some large cushion covers with a bit of personality. After endless hours of searching and drawing blank I decided to take get my DIY on and take matters into my own hand. I posted a pic  over on Instagram and had a few people get in touch asking 'How did I print my own cushion covers?' so I thought I'd share it over here as it's super easy, cost effective and all you need is a potato.

How to print your own cushion coversYep potato printing is one of my favourite go-to crafts when wanting to get creative quickly. I do like lino cutting and screen printing, but I find potato printing just as easy plus it's affordable too! I bought a few large neutral cushion covers from Ikea as a canvas for my design and started doodling down some ideas. I love eye designs and even have a new eye tattoo eye on my thumb, taking inspiration from one of my favourite Fine Little Day prints I thought this would make a great addition to the sofa.

All you need to print your own cushion cover is:
• Fabric or cushion cover
• One large potato
• A sponge
• Fabric ink
• Pen & paper for your design
• Scissors
• Sharp knife or scalpel


potato printing your own cushion covers
How to print your own cushion coversTo make you print:
1. Draw your design onto paper, make sure it's the exact scale of your desired print and cut it out carefully with scissors.
2. Cut the potato in half and place the paper cut out onto the middle. The potato should naturally make the paper stick to it keeping it in place.
3. Using the paper cut out as a template, with a knife or scalpel carefully cut into the potato and carve away a little at a time so that the paper area is left raised. This can be fiddly so take your time.
4. Once you have carved your design, lie your fabric/cushion cover on a flat surface.
5. Dab the fabric ink onto the potato stamp evenly with the sponge to ensure full coverage.
6. Arrange your design and press the potato stamp onto the fabric. Once completed allow to dry.
7. Once dry apply heat with an iron to seal the ink.
8. Sit back and admire your handy work.

DIY cushion cover design

I love the finished look and the how easy it was to make. It would make a great personal Christmas gift and can be applied to any fabrics, you can even let your kiddo create their own design on a t-shirts with this simple method.

If you fancy some more craft and DIY inspiration check out my Pinterest board for ideas. What do you think? I love how it looks with the rest of the cushions and I can't wait to try a blush dye on some other covers to give them the personal touch.
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17 comments

  1. This is completely brilliant. LOVE IT! xx

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    1. it really is fun and l love how they look x

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  2. This is really cool! Clever you, I must have a go at this :-)

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    1. Honestly it's like releasing your inner child ;) x

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  3. These are amazing! And there I was thinking potato printing was just for toddlers! (I did used to LOVE it when my mum got the potatoes out...)

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    1. Aww thanks lovely, I had lots of fin making them and love them on my sofa x

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  4. This is amazing! I keep meaning to try potato printing with the kids but maybe I can just do it on my own! Pinning x

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    1. SO do it on your own! it's so much fun. Can't wait to see what you might make x

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  5. Love this Lori! Potato printing is so brilliant, I did a bunch of it on baby grows when Wilf was little but I've never thought to do it on cushion covers. x

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    1. It is so so much fun! OOh baby grows are ace. You should make some for the new arrival :) x

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  6. This is genius! Pinning it now! Love your design.

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  7. How gorgeous! And simple too - it would make a lovely Christmas DIY gift too. Thank you so much for sharing x

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    1. I'm definitely going to make some new designs for a friends Christmas present. x

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  8. I absolutely love this idea so clever and simple yet looks so trendy. Start selling these darling!!!

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  9. Hi! I notice this is quite an old post so sorry to be a pain but I was wondering how good the paint is at going through the wash, either on a tshirt or cushion cover? Does it bleed or fade? Thank you for your help! :)

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    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by to comment :) I found that if you iron after printing has dried and wash on a cool wash the prints stays on really well and hardly fades at all x

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