DIY block printed sweater

Dull sweater needed new life. Here, some brief DIY instructions in case you would like to try something similar yourself.

There are lots of different ways to block print. Basically you can coat anything in paint and press it on a surface. Potatoes for example, are excellent printing tools. In this context I’ve used a printing foam which I bought from Panduro a couple of years ago (can’t find it there anymore though). But it seems like you can find similar here and there on the web. The foam is easy to use, you just cut out desired shape and glue it to a handle/base (I used simple wooden blocks).


- A piece of textile
- Textile color
- Printing foam (potatoes or something similar)
- Wooden blocks (If you use printing foam)
- Scissors
- Sponge

1. Cut the shapes you want from the printing foam. Glue (adhesive tape works well) the foam to a wooden block.


2 Slide a piece of cardboard in between the textile layers to protect it from bleeding spots.



3. Pour a dab of paint on the sponge. Smudge the color on the foam and press it on the textile.

6. After the textile has dried, iron it to fix the color.


Ready. Wearing it here.



While searching for printing foam I stumbled on this page which seems to have a lot of equipment for print blocks and stamps, like:

Scratch foam
Inovart Smooth Cut Print Plates
WonderFoam Foam Rollers and Paint Tray

A good book Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens by Lena Corwin and Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

More inspiration:

Block printing in meterage
Hand printing on fabric
Hand printed tea towels
Paint by numbers pillow
Odds and ends
Geometric stamp tutorial
Potato print font
Stippling with a Pencil Eraser


15 Responses to DIY block printed sweater

  1. Yfat Forsher says:

    This is perfect .. I wish, you were sells sweatshirts like this

  2. Afke says:

    it looks so nice! i’m addicted to it, it’s so much fun to do:)

  3. ida says:

    så himla fint, blir pysselpepp!!

  4. Claire Loder says:

    Wowzers elisabeth – love it love it love it!!!!

  5. Alex says:

    What a fantastic result – this is one cool top, I love it!

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  7. Mikaela says:

    looks great. what brand is the sweatshirt?

  8. Charlyn says:

    You really are too, too wonderful for words, dear E!

  9. Elisabeth / Fine Little Day says:

    Your comments ladies, thank you!

  10. Sarah Galvin says:

    …this looks surprisingly good.

  11. robyandfriends says:

    Veramente meravigliosa…

  12. Beth says:

    I love this!

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  14. Olga says:

    Thank you! I have some cloths to upcycle and this DIY is useful.

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