Monday, March 29, 2010

Fabric Dyeing = Accidental Hippie Onsie

I got the crafty bug awhile ago and have been itching to do some projects.  Step one was my first attempt at fabric dyeing.  I have to say the results weren't quite what I was hoping for, but I had fun in the process! 

I started with some old shirts and some plain white onsies...

Mixed up the dye (I used the powdered RIT dye) in two separate containers.  I chose blue and brown.  Then I submerged the fabric. 

The instructions said to soak for a half hour, but who am I to listen, plus I wanted a very dark color... so I soaked them for FIVE hours, outside.... because the smell was giving me a headache.  It didn't help that it started to rain. 

When I finally pulled them out I realized my first mistake - too small of a container.  They looked tie-dyed!  But, that was actually kind of cool.  Hippie shirts, right?  The blue looked great, a light/dark combo.  The brown on the other hand, was a little bit purple.  Not going to work on my stylish little boy.  So...  my soon to be second cousin (Baby Girl Danger) is probably going to get a cute brown and purple hand dyed onsie.


  1. What a cute little hippie!! That looks messy!! :)

  2. Woohoo! I'll accept it on her behalf :) I really like what Nathan's sporting.

  3. It was fun! Oh, and I have another project in the works for her as well... :)

  4. How weird that brown turned purple! I think I want to try this on some of Audrey's old pink burp cloths...I've been using them for Austin, but the pink is sort of bothering me :)

    p.s. I love all the crafty links on your blog! I just discovered freezer paper much fun! I'll probably post on my blog when I get a chance.

  5. Laura, I can't wait to see what you do with the freezer paper stenciling. I just bought some but haven't tried it yet... it's on my list!! Good luck with the burp cloths too!


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