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If you can believe it, I have never tie dyed before, so I was excited about to try Tulip Tie Dye for a project. We were challenged to try one of the tie dye techniques and use them in a unique way rather than the usual t-shirt. I had the perfect project in mind!
When I opened my box of goodies I received from I Love to Create, this is what I found: a HUGE box of tie dye colors – there were 12 mixable colors in the kit I received, a surface cover and some gloves.
I have been working on finishing up my craft room to share with you all. The colors in my craft room are primarily turquoise, lime green, and navy. I needed a cover for my Cricut Expression Machine to keep it from getting so dusty, so I decided to sew one myself. I used white muslin fabric that is 100% cotton. I had every intention of sharing the sewing tutorial with you, but my sewing skills are not so great and I just sort of had to wing it.
Today, I am going to share with you how I tie dyed the finished cover.
- Tulip Tie Dye (they have many different kits to choose from)
- Surface protector
- Rubber bands
- my kit came with all the above supplies included in it
- Material you want to tie dye
- Marbles – you can use regular marbles or the flat, smooth marbles
- Empty spray bottle (optional)
I Love to Create has some great tutorials for different techniques to try.
I found a cool technique for using marbles that left you with a finished project highlighting two colors of tie dye. This was perfect for me because my kit had both a teal and lime green that would match my craft room.
Step One: Wash the material you are going to be tie dying. For this technique you want the fabric to be damp, so do not dry it. This is the Cricut cover before tie dye.
Step Two: Lay out your surface protector and put on your gloves. Place your damp fabric on your protected surface and smooth it flat.
Note: You may also want to cover the surface near your sink where you are mixing the dyes. If any of the powder gets anywhere it will react with water and dye your surface.
Step Three:& Place a marble underneath the top layer of your fabric and tie a rubber band securely around the bottom of the marble.
Add more marbles throughout your material working from the bottom hem up. Try to stand the marbles as perpendicular and straight up from the fabric as possible.
Step Four: Mix your tie dye colors. Find the color packet you want to use and pour it into the bottle.
Now, fill the bottle with water to the indicated line on the bottle. Shake to combine. The great thing about this kit is you can mix colors to create the perfect shade.
Step Five: I squeezed the teal color around and under each marble, taking care not to get the teal dye on the marble itself. The color will bleed a little bit since the fabric is damp.
Step Six: Add the lime green color to the top of the marbles, allowing the color to bleed out a little onto the teal. The green was not spreading enough around the marble because of the rubber band so I used a spray bottle filled with some of the dye to spray around each marble.
Step Seven: Cover your project with plastic (I just used Saran wrap, but you could also fold over your surface protector) to keep it damp. Let it set for 4 – 6 hours. I let mine sit for 4 hours.
I was silently freaking out because it looked so dark and that was not the look I was going for, so I figured I should wash it out sooner, rather than later! Now, I know tie dye tends to look darker than it really is as it is working.
Step Eight: Wash in the washing machine with a small amount of laundry soap. Dry in the dryer. I had to let mine air dry because it shrunk a tiny bit when I washed it the first time, and I didn’t want it to shrink more. If you plan to wash your project again, wash it by itself for the first few washes so the color doesn’t bleed onto your other items.
Here is what it looked like after drying:
It was still missing something, so I discovered this great tutorial online (thanks, Heather!) for scribble flowers from Happy Together. I free-handed some flowers with my sewing machine over the top of the lime green tie dye with navy blue thread.
I love the way this project turned out and I am happy to have one more element of my craft room completed! I have enough colors left over that there will definitely be some more tie dye projects in the future!
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