Make a Veggie-Printed Tote for Trips to the Farmers’ Market (DIY Tutorial)

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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • 1 yard fabric (we used unbleached muslin)
  • 1 yard ribbon or twill tape
  • Vegetables (try corn, bell peppers, celery, and carrots, and anything else that strikes your fancy)
  • Knife
  • Fabric or screen-printing ink
  • Brayers and inking plates (you can also apply the paint with a brush or by directly pressing the veggie into the paint)
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or hand-sewing supplies

STEP ONE

Cut your veggies to create different shapes to print with. Some variations we found most interesting were: using corn as a rolling pattern, cutting off the end of the corn and using it to make a petaled dot shape, cutting celery stalks and using the base to make a rose-shaped pattern, and slicing bell peppers in half to create amoeba-like circles.

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STEP TWO

Mix up your colors. Use old yogurt containers or whatever you have on hand to create your desired palette.

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STEP THREE

Apply paint to your veggie with an inking plate and brayer, brushes, or by dipping. (Tip: Try experimenting with different colors on the same stamp for a variegated look.)

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STEP FOUR

Get printing! (Tip: Keep fabric scraps on hand to experiment with different pattern, color, and stamp combinations.)

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STEP FIVE

When finished, allow the paint to completely dry.

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STEP SIX

Heat-set your fabric by ironing it at a high setting for at least a minute on each side. We flipped our fabric print-side down, just to make sure no paint got on the iron.

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STEP SEVEN

Take a deep breath, now you’re ready to sew!

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