Monday, September 11, 2017

DIY: Indigo Blue Dye Kit

There are still a few warm days left of summer, and we thought we’d share one of our favorite warm weather crafts: indigo dying. At collage, we sell a variety of products that can easily be dyed, including backpacks, muslin bags, aprons, kitchen towels, and more. For this DIY, we used Yellow Owl Workshop's Indigo Blue Textile Kit, which is very easy to use, and easy to clean up, and a simpler process than more traditional indigo dying kits. It's great for pre-teens, teens, and adults!

Click the jump below to see the steps for this delightful craft, and to see more finished results. All supplies available at collage!

* Iron
* Item to be dyed. We used canvas zip pouches and drawstring bags. The kit comes with a scarf. You want to be sure to dye something made of natural fabric, like cotton or silk
* Yellow Owl Workshop Indigo Blue Textile Kit
* Newsprint or paper bags to cover work surface
* Rubber bands (optional–to be used with tie dye techniques)* Paintbrush (optional)* Water cup (optional)

1. Gather supplies
2. Prewash your fabric. The fabric will be more receptive to the dye this way. Iron your fabric.
3.  Prepare your working area. You may want to cover your surface with a plastic bag, and newsprint. You can also use a flat piece of cardboard. You will want to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, or an apron. The dye will wash off with soap and water, but you may also want to wear gloves to keep your hands from becoming stained (the Indigo kit comes with plastic gloves).  Fabric dying is a great craft to do outside, so consider crafting outside!
4. The dye can be diluted and painted with (adding water will create a lighter blue). Or, you can use various tie dye or shibori techniques (the kit includes instructions for a few different designs).  You can also try using dye straight from the dauber, to create polka dots and patterns. Lastly you can try dip-dyeing your fabric, to get an ombre fade effect. The dye is not food safe, so if you are painting, do not use water cups that you normally drink out of.
5. Play around with different techniques on pieces of scrap paper before you commit to dying your finished piece of fabric.
6. Once you have finished dying your fabric, wait for the fabric to dry before you remove any rubberbands, or before you move the fabric at all.
7. Heat set by ironing with a dry iron (no steam), for about 3 minutes.

Image courtesy of Yellow Owl Workshop
There are endless options for patterns. You can also try using a washable gel glue to use as a dye resist. Image courtesy of Yellow Owl Workshop
The kit comes with a blue dauber, which makes it easy to apply polka dots and other patterns. Image courtesy of Yellow Owl Workshop

You can also try using the Sublime Stitching handkerchiefs that collage sells; we used them for our previous post on stamped napkins, click here! They would work great to indigo dye.