Tie Dye in a Jar

Here we are at the New Smyrna Beach Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Art Retreat. Today while the sun was shining and gorgeous, we went out to do tie dye in a jar. I saw this technique on Burdastyle.com. You will want to try this, it was fun and the results were amazing. In practicing this at home before the retreat, I learned a few things that Burda did not tell me.

To tie dye a piece of fabric:

 1. Get it wet and wring it out.

 2. Twist it and wind it into a big glass jar. You will get a nice organic pattern if you twist the fabric as you put it into the jar instead of just pushing it in. As you wind it into the jar, layer the fabric with powder fabric dye. I tried it with RIT and with Tulip. RIT was cheaper, but Tulip has nicer color.

 Keep layering fabric and dye. Add as few or as many colors as you wish.  This technique works better if you can pack the jar pretty full. We used a brush handle to push the fabric deeper into the jar.

We were able to get a 2 yard piece of white cotton fabric into a canning jar.
 3. When the fabric and dye are  layered in the jar, pour boiling water to the top of the jar.  Read the dye package to see if you need to treat the dye with anything. The dye we used needs salt to make it permanent. I added it to the boiling water before I poured it in the jar.

 4. Put the lid on the jar and let it sit about 3 hours. You will know it is ready when you see that the fabric has absorbed all the liquid. It looks like we have been canning fabric.

 5. Pull the fabric out of the jar and open it up to fabulousness.  We rinsed the fabric, but really nothing much came off it.




They turned out beautifully. If you get the fabric out and it has too much white space for you, just twist it back into the jar and add more dye and water.

 We had these $1 journals and these coasters that I bought in a pack of 8 for 50 cents.


I Mod Podged a piece of my tie dyed fabric onto the journal and painted the coaster.  A fat red satin ribbon holds the journal together. It is cute.

Tomorrow, we are tie dying t-shirts in the jars!

Take your Vitamin C and try it!

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6 creative thoughts:

Jessie { April 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM }
The tie-dye is FABULOUS! I love it! I would tie dye my bedsheets if the boyfriend wouldn't kill me for it!
shopannies { April 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM }
so fun love the idea of using a fruit jar :) I invite you to come and see what I shared on my blog annies home at http://shopannies.blogspot.com
amber marchant { April 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM }
This looks great! It does look less messy than the old way. How fun!

amber @ barbwired
cajungal01 { April 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM }
this looks WONDERFUL! Much easier to do with kids than having big buckets of dye! We will definitely try this for our Summer Party (the first day of summer). Thanks so much for sharing! :0) I'll be watching to see how your t-shirts come out (that's what we'll make).
:0)
~robin
Anonymous { June 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM }
Doing a tshirt in a jar today. Its in the sun now. I found tulip dye at hobby lobby. I added about four colors to it. Hope it turns out good. Nice thing about tye is they all turn out good you can't mess it up.
Diana Carroll { April 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM }
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