My “Happy Home Apron” features a repeatable potato stamp/painting pattern based on my immediate family of three! It’s colorful, fun and full of love. Now to go make some french fries!
- 1. Potatoes (three different sizes)
- 2. Paints (fabric if you are intending on washing these guys, I actually used acrylic because I was
- 3. Paint Brushes
- 4. Jar of water
- 5. Newspaper to cover you work surface for easy clean up.
- 6. Felt (optional). To use as a stamping surface under your apron. Helps with unevenly cut potatoes, so you can press down and get a more even print.
- 7. Apron
How to make it
Step 1: A few weeks ago I received a lovely package in the mail from Makeful. Inside, a blank apron for me to craft upon and enter into another awesome Makeful Challenge.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this challenge: A mash up potato stamp and painting repeat pattern of me, Kyle and Nomi’s faces!
To start I did a mock up of the pattern idea in Adobe sketch on my phone. Great little program for playing around with ideas. I highly recommend the download. Takes some getting used to, but very satisfying results once you get the hang of it.
Step 2: With my pattern designed the next step was to gather my materials.
Next step was a quick test on a piece of muslin. I wanted to test my colors and see how painting on the fabric would work. Once I was satisfied with the test results, I just dove in and started making the print.
Step 3: I used my adobe sketch drawing as a guide, and laid down all the potato stamps faces and painted flowers first. Once the base of the pattern was set and dry, I then began painting on the face and flower details.
Step 4: Final step was painting on the hair. After that I let the apron dry and voila, my repeat pattern was complete.
Step 5: I am absolutely thrilled with the results of my repeat pattern, something that doesn’t always happen. I think taking the time to sketch first and then do a test really helped. In fact I kind of love my test piece and want to do something with it!
I’ve decided to name the pattern Happy Home, because when I showed it to my daughter that’s what she said after seeing it. It seems fitting.
This was a super simple and fun craft, and now my husband and I have a sweet little apron to dawn while cooking our traditional Saturday morning pancake breakfast! Mmm…