Oh, Tabitha, I just read/responding to your other thread. Yeah, I TOTALLY think a good project would entertain you!
Okay, so dying the way I do it is just really really simple. I don't like banding and such, I just do more freestyle.
I could get all fancy, but then I want everything to be perfectly tie dye & I just can't do it!This is what you need:Dye
- I prefer Dylon dyes because they're bold, last long & don't require boiling. http://www.dylon.co.uk/
You can find them at JoAnn's or Michael's. They run about $2. (Rit isn't as good IMO but is about $1.50) I chose Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet.Prewashed white or light colored 100% cotton items
- this can be diapers, stained clothes, new clothes, etc.Glass or stainable plastic containers
- these are for items you wish to do low water immersion techniques where the dye is stronger in some areas & lighter in others. If you only want solid colors with no variation, then you don't need these.
Bonus, but not necessary Buckets/containers for each color
So, what I did was I just followed the directions on the Dylon packets and then added enough water to cover the items in my stainless steel sink. Then, I sifted off some of that dye water & poured them carefully in the low water immersion items in my glass containers.
For low water immersion, you loosely scrunch up the fabric & place it in a container that keeps it somewhat scrunched. Then, gently drizzle dye (you can use more than one color) around so that eventually most of the fabric is colored (or keep some parts white if you like).
You could also "dip dye" into the dye bath if you wanted to. Which is pretty easy - you just throw all the garment into a color (lighter or the same as the one you'll dip into). Then, when the dye is set, you dip the bottom half of the item into a darker or same color.
After dying, rinse the dye out as best as you can. Then, you wash in the washing machine. The Dylon calls for special detergent, but I just used dish soap & it worked fine for me.
This is what my dying resulted in:One Dozen Vibrant Rainbow Infant PreFolds
Having to do this again, I would have diluted the dye a bit more to stretch it further, but really I love how bright these turned out!Mottled Premium Prefolds
I achieved this look by throwing these thirsty bad boys on top of the infants in the dye bath. They kept some white spots/some lighter spots. The blue actually looks like a sky. Very cool!Pastel Infant Prefolds (butter yellow not pictured)
After I pulled the vibrant PFs out, I threw in some others into the water & the result was a much paler version.Formerly stained baby clothes made anew!
These were all done with low immersion dying described above. These were all done with solid color, but see the color variations?Low immersion dye with 2 colors
My oldest daughter wanted this to be lavender & pink. I just used the violet watered down & the red watered down to achieve this. (the next day she wore her outfit & promptly fell into a mud hole getting very very dirty!