During summer I wrote about natural dye and I said I’ll put it on my autumn DIY list. Well, it’s not autumn yet, but here is the result:
We’ve made a little reading corner in my daughter’s room, with a big pillow to sit one and three smaller ones. Two of the smaller pillow cases I’ve made earlier this year: the purple one with the white dots and the one with an octopus (it’s made out of an old shirt of mine). So now I wanted a purple pillow case for the big pillow. Well, as you can see, it didn’t turn out purple, it’s more a light blue. But as I know now how to do it, I may just give it another try ;-).
So, here is the “how to” for an accidental light blue dye:
I used 1 pillow case (approx. 200g fabric), 2 cups (270g) of blueberries, 5 cups (1,25) of water and two handful of salt.
- Boil/simmer the blueberries in the water for 1 hour
- Strain the blueberries out of the water; if you want to be sure to have all tiny bits out I would pour the blueberry water through a strainer in another pot.
- Add salt
- Add pre-washed fabric and simmer for 1 hour
- Take the dyed fabric out and rinse it until all the water is clear (I used the 20 minutes washing program of our washing machine to be sure).
- Marvel at your unique work of art 🙂
If you want you can use batik knots to add a pattern. I’ve tried that, and learned to used thicker/wider twine next time to get wider “stripes”.
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