I’ve been wanting to use chevron somewhere in my home but didn’t want to fork up the money to order fabric. I loved and pinned this post on block printing a chevron print from Prudent Baby, and although it was cheap, I needed something free.
I dug back into my memories of grade school art class, American Girl magazines, and a certain sleepover party – sorry, no pics 🙁 – where we made veggie stamped pillowcases.
Potatoes! I’ll use potatoes to make new throw pillows!
Cut your potato in half and use a kitchen knife or x-acto to cut your shape, one was for me, the other for Lily to use on paper.
Grab some paint (I used my favorite brown - Deco Art’s Raw Umber), a moist sponge, a paper plate, your favorite two-year-old helper, and your ironed fabric. I used an unbleached canvas material that I found at Hobby Lobby a while back and never used, my squares were 18” by 18”.
Squeeze paint, dab potato into paint, line up, and stamp away!
Whatever potatoey juice stuff is in there will bleed out and create a great spotted texture here or there.
On the first pillow, I wanted the chevrons dark and dipped the potato after every stamp, and it took me 1.5 hrs to print (left).
The second one, I realized how much I liked the differing shades and textures (ombre-esque?), and used the potato 2-3 times before dipping into the paint, that one took me a half hour (right).
Totally worth the time saved, here’s the more faded, ombre, half hour chev’s:
Sewed the fabric up into a basic pillow, but you don’t need/want a tutorial on sewing from ME! 😉
and while I thought that I wanted a cool, calming color scheme in here…
*le swoon* – totally have warm colors on the brain since seeing that pin, used this pillow to be the deciding factor, and yeah. I’m going against the familiar and jumping into something new! I have bought fabric, have a few started, and there are more pillows to come.
Yes, I will be adding color.
I need to be more daring. I need to go with what I love, and I love this pillow. 🙂
Are you taking new leaps into decorating your home?
If you haven’t yet, read this post from the Nester on decorating fears.
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