This week I’m playing with Dylon’s selection of fabric dyes.Tuesday we looked at their Permanent Fabric dyes and yesterday I experimented with their Multi-Purpose dyes. I’ve shown you how I dyed some quilting cottons and my new red wardrobe. Today I’m going to show you what I did to brighten my new grandson’s wardrobe.
When my granddaughter was born my daughter complained that the receiving blankets she had were too small. Something always seemed to be sticking out. So I purchased some pretty printed flannel fabric and cut and serged the edges to make 40″ square blankets. This time around she asked for some more blankets as they knew they were having a boy and didn’t want to use any of the ‘girly’ blankets from last time. So, of course, I made some more.
Since I was looking after my granddaughter for a few days last week, we took the opportunity to have a dye day and had lots of fun. We used Dylon Permanet Dyes in China Blue, Bahama Blue, Tropical Green, Sunflower Yellow, Goldfish Orange and Tulip Red.
I also purchased some onesies in newborn and 6 month sizes. We used the Dylon Permanent dyes to dye both the cotton onesies and the flannel receiving blankets. Since then, my daughter has already used them and says she hasn’t seen any color bleeding or color transfer.
I also tried to ice dye some of the blankets and onesies. First, I wet the fabric and scrunched it into a basket that would drain well. Next, I loaded ice cubes on top and sprinkled three different dye powders on top of them. I left everything to sit until the ice cubes had all melted.
Personally, I’m not sure if I like the look, but my daughter likes them. For the ice dyeing I used three colors of Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye: Navy Blue, Sunflower Yellow and Tulip Red. The colors blended and even though color theory states that blue and yellow make green, the navy was too intense and the places where the colors met turned kind of grey.
My granddaughter wanted to help me ‘paint’ fabric, so I set her up with a couple of white undershirts and a cotton dress. She painted her outfits with dye solution in Bahama Blue and Flamingo Pink using squirt bottles.
We also dyed a bit of cotton fabric in the same two colors. I added the fabric to the bottom of the shirts and made some simple summer dresses for her. She’s quite camera shy, but I was able to get a few pictures of her in one of the dresses.
This has been a fun week playing with fabric dyes. I’ve got one more day and one more project to go. I have a young friend who’s graduating high school in June. Her favorite colors are purple and grey, so I’ve dyed some fabric and will show you what I’m doing tomorrow with my selection of Dylon Permanent Fabric Dyes.