Father’s Day DIY: Hand Stamped Handkerchief for Dad

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


Thank you for this tutorial 🙂
It looks perfect!


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Brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial.


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.


So cute! Just stumbled upon this via Pinterest… I’m totally inspired to custom -stamp EVERYTHING 🙂
Thanks for sharing!

Meagan @Style-Edition

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


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

Marcie Paige

Awesome tutorial! Looks pretty simple, inspiration for a birthday gift! Thanks love! x

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Terri Mayangsari Y (@terriyunus)

What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it!


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Juan Marcet (@Juanmarcetec)

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)

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!


Perfect and wonderful tutorial!



@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)

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

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