Veggie-Stamped Pillows

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 12"x16"

  • Veggie-Stamped Pillows


  • Natural linen, 60”-wide, 1/2 yd.
  • Black piping, 2 yds.
  • Pillow forms, 12”x16”, two
  • Americana Acrylic Paints: Sable Brown; Lemonade; Bright Green; Olive Green; Lamp Black; Mississippi Mud; Lilac; Wild Orchid; Deep Periwinkle


  • Black sewing thread
  • Vegetables: baby carrots; celery stalk; assorted sizes of potatoes
  • Cosmetic-wedge sponges
  • Sharp knife with a smooth blade
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Green, Brown & Black Pillow
  • 1. For pillow front and backing, cut two 13"x17" rectangles from linen.
  • 2. Cut carrots in half lengthwise to make four stamps for each paint (Sable Brown, Lemonade, Olive Green, and Bright Green).
  • 3. Use photo as guide to stamp carrot halves in rows widthwise across fabric rectangle, placing first row at center and then work toward short sides so pattern is symmetrical. Stamp carrot halves with uneven spacing, using predominantly Sable Brown, filling in with green paints as desired. Rows should be placed approximately 2-1/4" apart. (Note: Use a ruler to keep spacing even if desired.) Continue stamping rows of carrots until entire fabric rectangle is covered.
  • 4. Cut 2-1/2" section from celery stalk. Cut celery section in half vertically. Dab Lamp Black paint on straight edge of celery (not cut edge), then stamp stalk lines unevenly across as many carrot shapes on fabric as desired. Let dry. Heat set paint with iron.
  • 5. Sew piping around pillow front, 1/2" from edge, beginning and ending in a corner. Sew pillow front to back with right sides together along piping stitching, leaving 10" opening on short side for stuffing. Trim corners. Turn pillow right side out through opening. Insert pillow form. Hand sew opening closed.
  • Purple, Brown & Black Pillow
  • 1. For pillow front and backing, cut two 13"x17" rectangles from linen.
  • 2. Cut potatoes in half to make four stamps: small potato (Deep Periwinkle); medium potato with large circle cut from center (Wild Orchid); large potato with medium circle cut from center (Lilac); extra-large potato with small circle cut from center (Mississippi Mud).
  • 3. Use photo as guide to stamp potato halves randomly on fabric rectangle, overlapping shapes, beginning with extra large potato, then medium potato, then large potato, then stamp small potato in center of large potato shapes and a few between other potato shapes to fill in.
  • 4. Cut a carrot in half crosswise and use Lamp Black to stamp a tiny circle in center of each potato shape. Cut a section of celery stalk in half crosswise and use Lilac to stamp a crescent shape close to center of each brown circle.
  • 5. Repeat Step 5 from Green, Brown & Black Pillow.
  • Vegetable Stamping Technique
  • 1. Cut vegetables as instructed. Blot cut edges of vegetables on paper towel to remove excess moisture. Pour paint colors on separate paper plates. Use cosmetic-wedge sponge to dab paint evenly on cut vegetable. Press painted side of vegetable firmly on fabric, then lift vegetable straight up to prevent paint from smudging. Repeat procedure for each stamped shape. When finished, use a brush to touch up edges around stamped shapes if desired.
  • 2. TIP: Dab paint on cut side of carrots and stamp on scrap fabric to test. Some carrots work better than others, depending upon cut made by knife.