I was recently flipping through the October issue of my Martha Stewart Living magazine and was intrigued with some of the DIY projects that were scattered throughout the pages. I decided it was time to put one of them to the test to see if it really was as simple to do as they make it look. I decided to try a dyeing project. It was a how-to on creating a blue streaked scarf using a Dip-Dye method. There were very few materials or steps involved so I figured it had to be easy. I was right and the result was beautiful. Here is what I did.
- Fabric ~ I used cotton gauze fabric that was 80 inches long and 40 inches wide. I cut it in half lengthwise and had enough for two scarves. I could have also used a white scarf.
- Liquid Dye ~ I used the color Royal Blue for this scarf
- Dye Fixative
- Clothes hanger with clips
- 3 plastic bins
Next I dipped the fabric into the second bin, which had plain water in it, to rinse the dye out. The dye quickly colored the water. When I put the fabric into the water past the dye line, the dye soaked up into the fabric resulting in a light blue top stripe. It wasn't intentional but I liked how it looked.
When I was finished dyeing the fabric, it needed a place to dry. With gloves on, I carefully squeezed out the excess liquid. Then, I hung the clothes hanger right on the chandelier in my kitchen. It was hanging over the bin so it could drip and the table was covered with plastic and paper.
I love the idea of dip-dyeing. It was simple and fun. I guess those DIY projects are as easy as they look! If you want to check out the actual How-To on this project look in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine or the browse the dyeing projects at Martha Stewart online.