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Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

December 5, 2016

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Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

Holy cow, you guys! Christmas is only 20 sleeps away and I am so excited! This time of year is the perfect excuse to get messy in the kitchen and the house! We actually have a cookie exchange party coming up and I wanted to do something different to add to our party decor. I’m not usually a traditional Christmas gal, I like bright colors and will swap reds for pinks any chance I get. I’ve been a fan of dyeing my own fabric for awhile, but when method reached out to me with their all-purpose cleaner, it was a perfect excuse to try my hand at natural dyes. It was fun…and totally messy! #FearNoMess has got me feelin’ pretty good!

Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

Materials

Cotton Napkins or any cloth you’d like
2 cups raspberries
2 Tbsp Turmeric in powder form
1 cup vinegar
1/4 cup salt
Medium Saucepan
Rubberbands and Clips
Gloves

Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

Instructions for Raspberry Dye

Step 01. When dyeing with berries, you need a “fixative” to help the fabric take the dye. In this case, you need to use vinegar for berries. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water and 1 cup vinegar to a boil and add your fabric. Let it soak for about an hour so it absorbs the vinegar. Squeeze out any excess water and set the fabric aside.
Step 02. Using the Shiboritechnique, I scrunched the fabric up with rubber bands, clipped other pieces, and used some cardboard to prevent the dye from seeping too far in. This technique just offers a cool alternative to straight dye.
Step 03. Now for the actual dye, bring one cup raspberries and 2 cups water to a boil and simmer for about one hour. The longer you let simmer, the darker the water will be. Once you are happy with the color, use a coffee filter or cheese cloth to drain the syrup. This will prevent any seeds and berry bits from getting in the mix!
Step 04. After the dye has cooled, add the fabric and let soak, but with a watchful eye. I didn’t want the dye too dark, so I just made sure it wasn’t in there too long, about 20 minutes. *Keep in mind the color will fade to a lighter color after washed.*
Step 05. With gloves on, rinse the fabric until the water runs clear and throw in the washer then the dryer. This will set the dye.

Instructions for Turmeric Dye

Step 01. Like the berry dye, you need a “fixative” to help the fabric take the turmeric. In this case, you need to use salt! In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water and 1/4 cup salt to a boil and add your fabric. Let it soak for about an hour so it absorbs the salt. Squeeze out any excess water and set the fabric aside.
Step 02. Using the Shibori technique, I scrunched the fabric up with rubber bands, clipped other pieces, and used some cardboard to prevent the dye from seeping too far in. This technique just offers a cool alternative to straight dye.
Step 03. Now for the actual dye, bring 2 tablespoons turmeric and 2 cups water to a boil and simmer for about one hour. The longer you let simmer, the darker the water will be. Once you are happy with the color, use a coffee filter or cheese cloth to drain the syrup. This will prevent any seeds and berry bits from getting in the mix!
Step 04. After the dye has cooled, add the fabric and let soak, but with a watchful eye. I didn’t want the dye too dark, so I just made sure it wasn’t in there too long, about 20 minutes. *Keep in mind the color will fade to a lighter color after washed.*
Step 05. With gloves on, rinse the fabric until the water runs clear and throw in the washer then the dryer. This will set the dye.

Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

Okay, I have one gripe! I love love love how these colors turned out, but TURMERIC?!?!?! I can’t even with this stuff. It dyed my counters yellow immediately and I was slightly in panic mode. I also didn’t like the smell, but I couldn’t think of another ingredient that would create such a cheery yellow! Thank goodness for having the method all-purpose cleaner on hand because it 100% saved the day. Not only is the cleaner biodegradable, vegan, and gluten free, but it’s also animal friendly! This is great news because when I wipe down messes on the counter, my cat has a tendency to *ahem* jump up and chill by the sink. Not the most sanitary, but what can you do?! 😉

Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess! Make your own natural fabric dye and #fearnomess!

I now have the perfect yellow table runner and a handful of the prettiest pink napkins anyone could ask for! For more ideas how method can help you get the most out of messes, check out #fearnomess, #stylebymethod, and method themselves!

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