Block Printed Toddler Skirt

This is my first time trying out block printing on fabric. It was way too easy. I can’t believe I haven’t done it until now. I bought the supplies about 3 years ago!

Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial via
I came across this page in one of my old journals and was trying to figure out a way to incorporate this paper doll shape into something for Sienna to wear. I decided on a block print.

Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial picture via
For the printing part all you need are the following tools:
Carving Tools – I use Speedball Linoleum Cutters (they came in a little kit)
Fabric Paint
First I drew out my little paper doll on the stamp block……
Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial step 1 via
….and carved it out using my tools.
Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial step 2 via
Using the brayer, I coated the stamp with fabric paint. I mixed my pink color using red and white paint.
Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial step 3 via
I used a thin white muslin for my fabric base and put a yardstick at the bottom to keep my stamping straight. You’ll need to refill your block with paint each time you stamp.
Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial step 4 via
To set the fabric paint, I ironed it on medium heat from the reverse side. Here is the finished fabric.
Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial step 5 via
To make the skirt I just cut 4 rectangles out of the fabric (the fabric was thin so I made a lining), sewed them together and added the elastic waistband. It is the most basic skirt I could sew.

I stamped a few “paper dolls” on the front of a $3 Target tank to match. It is a little big but I was impatient. Below is Sienna modeling her new outfit. Check out her frizzy “pool hair” :) we are in the middle of swimming lessons!
Block Printed Toddler Skirt tutorial finished via


  1. dana says

    Thanks for the comment on MADE. And what a GREAT skirt! I've never thought to stamp on the skirt like that. I've got to do this!
    Very cute stuff. And your daughter is ADORABLE

  2. Reviewer11 says

    Amazing! Wow you're very artistic. It looks like fun. Are you going to make more for your daughter? :)

  3. The Cupcake Wardrobe Shop Blog says

    I did this too, tho many years ago. Using stiff stencil brushes, 4 colors of fabric paint and a premade butterflies/dragonflies stencil to create a decorative border on the hem of pillow cases and the flat sheet border of my stepdaughters bedding when she was much younger. It was the same stencil used to create the border on her walls (that's how long ago it was…wall borders were in style!)

  4. Lemonade Makin' Mama says

    Oh… Oh….Oh… Could this be any cuter? I mean seriously!! It's just darling!!!

  5. Martha says

    Your stuff is amazing, how darling!! You should submit this to Tip Junkie, featured on the SITS site.
    Thanks for your visit to my blog, Palm Desert is beautiful.

  6. brassyapple says

    Hello! your blog is darling! so glad you found mine!

    you would have rocked the tshirt challenge! It's still not to late to get on challenge #2!

    nice to "meet" you…..

  7. michellejohnnie says

    Hey! I love this idea! I added you to my blog roll and will be posting a few more of your tutes and ideas on my site! Thanks for sharing your inspriration. I linked at Someday Crafts!

  8. michellejohnnie says

    Ashley, I am responding to the comment you left on my blog, somedaycrafts. What are you looking for as far as boys goes? Clothes, toys, baby boy stuff? My blog started out as something just for me and has evolved so I have a few baby boy things that haven't been labeled. They just have the title and web address. There are some fun appliques and tie ideas. My favorite two are the taggie football and pee-pee tee-pee. Use the search on my site to find them. i make those for gifts. Let me know what you are looking for and I will let you know if I have any already. I can also look for a few more. MIchelle

  9. says

    I am *loving* your blog! It's so beautiful and creative here! I subscribed so I don't miss a thing.