4 Easy Steps to Making Your Own Graphic Cushion Cover Prints
DIY expert Lovisa Häger shows how simple it is to turn classic potato prints into stylish cushion covers
- Craft knife or sharp paring knife
- Textile paint
- Plate or other shallow container
- Scrap fabric for testing and pressing
- Paintbrush (optional)
- Newspaper or other padding (optional)
- Cushion cover(s) in a natural fabric, such as linen or cotton (you could also give pillowcases or tea towels a new pattern)
Here you can see how I’ve tried a few techniques before deciding on my favourites: the top left is a striped potato print; the top right is an imprinted leaf; the bottom left is a triangular potato print, and on the bottom right are freehand brushstrokes.
If you like the look of a regular pattern that fits neatly within a border, adjust the size and spacing of your potato stamps to fit your design.
When the fabric is dry, heat-set the colour by ironing the back of the fabric for about three minutes on a fairly high heat setting (the same as for cotton) with a piece of scrap fabric in-between.
Once the colour has set (and unless otherwise noted in the care instructions), you can wash your textile in warm water (40ºC).
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The end result is very personal because you are the designer who chose the shapes and colours.
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