How To: Make a Custom Tablecloth Using Mushrooms and Potatoes

How To: Make a Custom Tablecloth Using Mushrooms and Potatoes

Laure Joliet
May 6, 2009

A tablecloth can go a long way towards making a ho hum table look fantastic. A lot of people recently invested in Orla Kiely tablecloths from Target--affordable and graphic. But maybe you don't want something that other people don't have. Maybe you want to customize a plain white cloth. Maybe you've only got some potatoes and mushrooms to do the job:

Earlier this year, we wrote about How To Stamp Your Own Sheets and you can certainly apply any of those ideas to a plain white piece of fabric to make a tablecloth out of. But right now we really have our sites set on Potato Stamping, which yields imperfect patterns (depending on your Skill Level) and something we recently saw on Martha Stewart: Mushroom Stamping.

First Potatoes:
Perhaps you did this in grade school? The premise is simple: using a potato cut in half, you carve your pattern into the potato (cutting away for white areas) and then using a fabric ink, you stamp it onto the fabric. We found these these tutorials helpful and were really inspired by the Jessica Gonacha handblocked napkins we saw on Hostess with the Mostess. We like a bright color on a white background and like the idea of just doing a border around the tablecloth so that the top is white and the sides have something jazzier. Jessica sells some of her napkins in etsy shop.

Now Mushrooms:

This DIY project really impressed us because it couldn't be easier. Seal was on the Martha Stewart show and he helped her make some custom Mushroom prints. For these you don't even need ink or paint, just leave mushrooms, gill side down on fabric, cover with a bowl to keep in moisture and retain heat and let it sit overnight. In the morning, the pattern will have soaked in. See a tutorial right here. Now, Martha did this on card stock, so it might not last past a couple of washes, but we also kind of like the idea of adding layers of the pattern as the tablecloth ages. Some mushroom imprints will be lighter and some more fresh.

(Images: Hostess with the Mostess, Martha Stewart)

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