Fabrics I’m Dyeing to Quilt

This past week I took my first little venture into dyeing fabric.  Take plain white cotton, add some stuff and presto chango – you have a bunch of bright beautiful fabrics to play with!

fabric-on-the-fenceI bought a fabric dyeing kit at the Houston International Quilt Festival a couple of years ago so this little project has been on my to do list for quite some time.  I got the Rainbow Gradation Dyeing Flower Garden kit from Pro Chemical & Dye:

Pro-Chemical-Fabric-Dying-iThe instructions were easy to follow, the mess was minimal and the results were fabulous!  It comes with everything you need except fabric and a few regular household supplies.

Dying-IngredientsHere I have my 30 cups of fabric set up in the garage ready to dye.  There is a fat eighth of a yard scrunched up in each cup.

30-cups-of-white-fabricI have my three main dye colors (Tangerine, Sapphire Blue and Boysenberry)  in quart jars ready to combine:

Ready-to-DyeYou take a little bit of this and a little bit of that to create each color:

Combining-dyes

The dogs were very interested in what we were doing.  Molly made herself comfortable:

Molly-watches-the-processRascal thought the garage floor was cooler:

Rascal-watchesFinally we had all thirty cups done:

30-cups-of-dying-fabricI took another 3/4 yard of white fabric and scrunched it up in a big bowl and poured some of the leftover dyes on top.  Everything was covered so they didn’t dry out and then sat for about 24 hours:

cover-and-waitThen I rinsed the fabric in water and finally threw it all in the washing machine.  It washed fine but there was quite a tangled mess!  But it took less time to untangle the mess than it would have taken to zigzag the edges of all 30 pieces of fabric.

Washing-messKind of a pretty little rat’s nest, huh?

A-pretty-little-rats-nestDrying and ironing was easy and now I have this beautiful bunch of fabric:

Rascal-and-the-fabricMy favorites are the pinks and purples.  I like the mottled, textured look:

pinks-and-purplesThe yellows are pretty.

Greens-and-yellowsAnd the 3/4 yard of all three dyes came out much better than I expected!

Pinks-oranges-and-everythinI have been collecting some hand dyed fabric for an applique project (12 blocks, one for each month of the year).  These fabrics may be just what I need to get started on that.  But it is tempting to find a pattern where I can use these all together to make a bright and special quilt!  Decisions, decisions!

Have a great day, y’all!

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6 thoughts on “Fabrics I’m Dyeing to Quilt

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Bright Cheery Playful Fun Happy Excited these are the emotions your beautiful fabric emotes! I’m guessing fabric dye is the same as your color kit you bought? Looking forward to seeing your finished project once your decision has been made! Again Beautiful Indeed!

  2. Oooh — those are gorgeous! I’ve always wondered about dyeing fabric – and yours turned out so, so beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you make with them.

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