Tie-dye yardage

2014-02-01 16.42.39I recently was given 23 yards of green quilt weight cotton fabric.  Now, I love fabric, and there is always room in my stash for more, but this color was not something I envisioned using much of- especially 23 yards!!

First off, I bleached tie-dyed a good chunk of it.  This entailed scrunching the wet fabric in the bottom of the tub and pouring watered down bleach over it, then neutralizing it with lots of watered down white vinegar.  I can not in good conscience recommend anyone try this!  It was very fume-y, even with the fan on and the window open.  I did have gloves on, and I tried not to breath in that room, popping out in the hall for a breath of fresh air.  But, still I got more bleach fumes than is best.  I really do LOVE bleach-dyeing things, and would try this again in a heartbeat, but it really isn’t good for your health; I wouldn’t recommend it.  Bleach is toxic.  You must be very careful with it.

I tore off a portion of what I’d bleached to work on further.  I’m just dying this with Rit Dye and adding some salt and heat setting it.

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Since I want a concentrated color, but don’t have anything big enough to do a dye bath in for this much fabric, I’m going to do more of a steam heat set rather than boiling it.  I scrunched the fabric in my big roasting pot.

2014-02-01 10.11.58Then I watered down the liquid Rit Dye and stirred in a Tablespoon of salt.  Sorry, no exact measurements here.  I probably had about 1 part dye to 5 parts water.

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I poured this over the fabric, parting the folds here and there to let it reach the bottom.

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I dumped some water (this is red from the residue from the dye) over everything.  I wanted it to be wet but just a small amount of water on the bottom of the pan.

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I put the lid on and let it sit on the wood stove for 4 to 6 hours.  Now, this soap stone stove doesn’t get scorching hot like a cast iron one might.  You don’t want to scorch your fabric, so I checked now and again to make sure everything was still wet.  I knew it was done when the water at the bottom was pale colored- the fabric had absorbed and held the pigment.  Alternatively, I’d suggest putting this in the oven at 250* for 2 or more hours, checking now every half hour or so to make sure the fabric hasn’t dried out.

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Hardly any color rinsed out as I rinsed it as best I could, bit by bit in the sink.  Then I did a cold rinse in the washer, then washed it on hot.

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Here it is, finished.2014-03-13 17.32.10

I’ve used it to make a duvet cover for one of the boy’s beds.


4 thoughts on “Tie-dye yardage

    • Yes! However, Rit Dye fades in the sun- we need to get into the fiber reactive dyes. I have some, but really haven’t tried it yet. I know that is a more permanent and brighter color.

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