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This contributor post was written by Michael Ann of Michael Ann Made.

Hello Crafty Friends! Today’s DIY is for a graphic Hand Stamped Handkerchief, easy enough to bust out as a last minute Father’s Day gift (wink wink!) and simple enough for even the youngest of crafters to help. Dads always love handmade gifts, especially when they also have elements of practicality. So let’s get stamping!

Here are the materials you’ll need:

1. Sticky back foam for the Stamp. You can either cut out your own shape, or use pre-cut foam shapes found at the craft store. Pre-cut shapes would work well for kids to be able to help.

2. Something to put your stamp on. I used an old film canister, you could use a cork, wood block, bottle cap, etc.

3. A scrap piece of felt and a plastic tray or lid. This is how you will make the stamp pad.

4. Fabric paint.

5. A plain handkerchief. You can also make one quickly out of a square of fabric.

Here’s how you make it:

1. Prepare your foam stamp. If you are drawing your own stamp, make it a simple graphic that can be easily cut with scissors or a craft knife. You first drew it on a piece of paper, then trace it on the foam to get it just right.

2. Make your stamp. Peel off the paper backing and stick your stamp to your stamping device. I also used a sharpie to mark a small dot on the side of the cap so i would know which way was up while stamping.

3. Make your stamp pad. An easy way to make a stamp pad when using fabric paint is to put a good sized drop of paint on a plastic tray and then lay a piece of felt on top of the ink.

3 cont. Stamp at the felt until the paint bleeds through, and you have your own stamp pad! If during your project you find you need more paint, just lift the felt and add a couple drops of paint to the tray.

4. Stamp away! You can try to align your images, or just go for it freestyle. Letting some of your images bleed off the edge will make it look like the fabric was printed professionally.

5. Finish it off. Most fabric paint requires that you let it dry for a couple hours, then heat set it with an iron before washing it. Follow the directions of your specific paint.

Now you have a loving handmade gift that even the most practical of dads will love! Good luck stamping, and happy Father’s Day!

Michael Ann is a sewer, knitter, crafter, thrifter, living a crafty life with her husband in Portland, Oregon. You can find her at her blog Michael Ann Made where she shares projects, tutorials, and bits of inspiration to help you live a crafty life too. You can also follow her adventures on twitter.

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I just found a tutorial for how to make your own stamp! http://t.co/hq9d8ub9 via @sharethis

Dear Demoiselle (@DearDemoiselle) commented on June 13th, 2012 at 11:18 am

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(@michael_anns) (@michael_anns) commented on June 13th, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love it. It’s so easy and a beautiful gift idea. Not only for father’s day.
I’m going to try it for my best friends birthday. Thank you for this inspiration.
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Little empty room commented on June 13th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hi Little empty room. Let us know how the project turns out! I agree – this DIY can be used for lots of other gifts aside from Father’s Day. I am thinking these would make great groomsmen gifts for a wedding. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!


papernstitch commented on June 13th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Great idea! I’m now inspired. This technique would be great for lots of types of gifts.

Owl & Drum commented on June 13th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

RT @papernstitch: love this #diy idea for father’s day http://t.co/2K3xzXzE

Murr (@murrjohnson) commented on June 13th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

What a great idea, they look gorgeous and so easy. Thanks for explaining it so well for us!
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Emma commented on June 13th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I <3 this idea. I will get my girls to do something like this for their dad!
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Te commented on June 13th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for stopping by Owl & Drum, Emma, Te. So glad to hear you like Michael Ann’s project for the month. Have a good one.

papernstitch commented on June 13th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I love Neopaque and Lumiere paints (Jacquard). I made t-shirts a few years ago using them. Seeing this project brought back some lovely memories.
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Coral commented on June 14th, 2012 at 2:03 am

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jieb kanitnat (@puifai44) commented on June 14th, 2012 at 4:37 am

I absolutely agree with you Coral. Jacquard had awesome textile paints! I use them all the time. Thanks for stopping by!

papernstitch commented on June 14th, 2012 at 5:31 am

That is an adorable idea – the specs are fabulous! Such a clear and easy to follow DIY too. Thanks. :)
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Kimberley commented on June 14th, 2012 at 6:50 am

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Brighton Collective (@brightcollect) commented on June 14th, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi Kimberley! I think I am going to have to get one of those glasses stamps that Michael Ann used for this. So cute! Thanks for stopping by!

papernstitch commented on June 14th, 2012 at 7:30 am

LOVE this….saying so….and Pinned it!! : )
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Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise commented on June 14th, 2012 at 10:11 am

Thanks for pinning Laura :)

papernstitch commented on June 14th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I love this technique using the foam sheets to create unique stamps! The anchor is perfect! Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

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Kristen S- Craft Gossip commented on June 14th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Used the stamp pad method in summer camp today :) Father’s Day DIY: Hand Stamped Handkerchief for Dad http://t.co/r9neCYTe via @sharethis

carole smith (@McCheeksMayhem) commented on June 15th, 2012 at 12:59 am

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(@craftymodern) (@craftymodern) commented on June 15th, 2012 at 9:48 am

Where did you find the anchor? I live in a water community and would love to know where you found it! Great idea!

Michele commented on June 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

@lesliekeating have you seen this adorable fabric stamping project? http://t.co/T2AL6Mlo i may try it out for the hand-printed fabric swap!

Caitlin T. (@saltyoat) commented on June 15th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Perfect and wonderful tutorial!


Nancy commented on June 16th, 2012 at 12:56 am

hey michele! i actually just sketched out a little anchor from a picture i saw online, then traced the drawing onto sticky backed craft foam to make the stamp. it was really quite easy! i’m sure a quick search online could find you a cute stamp also, good luck!

MichaelAnn commented on June 16th, 2012 at 1:04 am

Father’s Day is tomorrow!! What is everyone making? If you’re looking for a quick craft for dad, check out this… http://t.co/IJajuRte

Stitches & Crafts (@StitchesCrafts) commented on June 16th, 2012 at 9:11 am

Los pañuelos son el típico regalo, no dejes que sea típico, ponle ese toque diferente. http://t.co/N93cBKWL http://t.co/muwC1dlV

Juan Marcet (@Juanmarcetec) commented on June 16th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it!
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Tara commented on June 18th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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SUPER easy print project http://t.co/cchqTfOB

Gemma Garratt (@gemmageez) commented on June 23rd, 2012 at 10:29 am

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Carola Rodrigues (@CarolaRodrigues) commented on June 23rd, 2012 at 11:41 am

Awesome tutorial! Looks pretty simple, inspiration for a birthday gift! Thanks love! x
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Jia Ni commented on June 26th, 2012 at 9:29 am

Great project! I love DIY project for personalized gifts. My girls would love this project :)

Marcie Paige commented on June 26th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

This is awesome!! cant wait to try it! Great tutorial too :) thanks!

Mazzi commented on August 7th, 2012 at 11:03 am

So cute! Just stumbled upon this via Pinterest… I’m totally inspired to custom -stamp EVERYTHING :)
Thanks for sharing!
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Meagan @Style-Edition commented on August 8th, 2012 at 2:33 am

This is great!!
I made my dad a mustache handkerchief for his birthday,
and I’m going to make a couple more with different patterns tomorrow.
I only used things I could find around my house,
and the only problem I faced was finding a good paint.
I ended up mixing some orangey-brown with a grayish-purple
to get a nice, brown mustachey color.

Izzy commented on February 20th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial.

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Thank you for this tutorial :)
It looks perfect!

FojAga commented on June 10th, 2013 at 8:08 am

Awesome! My husband would love something like this and the kids would love to do it!

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Awesome! I was looking for a way to makes own fabric design and figured I wasn’t the first person to think of using home made stamps. Thanks so much for the great info. The DIY stamp pad is genius!!!
Thanks again!

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