Dyeing for Dinosaurs

In only 9 weeks, Little E’s brother will arrive. It’s time for this Nana to get busy! Daughter #1 bought these prints on Etsy to set the theme for the baby room. You can view the listing here.IMG_4765

She bought a plain white crib skirt and asked me to dye it to match these prints. I will also make a baby quilt with hand dyed fabrics.

So yesterday, I hauled out my dyeing supplies and rolled up my sleeves. I haven’t done any of this in the last couple years but it really is fun. I should have done this before the weather cooled off. Anyway, I stirred up my eyes and soda ash solutions and mixed my potions. 

 I use Procion dyes from Dharma Trading Company. They are fiber reactive dyes so you have to use soda ash as well.  Sometimes, I add soda ash solution to the dye bath but this time, I soaked the fabric in the soda ash solution first. The colors I used were Mink Brown, Deep Orange, and Oxblood Red. I mix these colors until it looks about right to me. Then dump the dye on the wet fabric and knead it a bit. I was in a hurry and really spent as little time as possible on this batch. I let it sit until I got home from work before I started rinsing and washing.  Normally, I buy Kona PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric to do this. I really only needed to dye the crib skirt. But I had that whole bolt of Ditta on hand from Ikea so I thought I’d try a yard to see how it took the dye. Most fabrics have a permanent press finish that prevents the dye from adhering. Normally when I dye, I do at least 15 yards to make it worth the mess.

Here is how the crib skirt and fabric turned out: 

 I am pretty happy with how the Ikea fabric took the dye. Since I have nearly a whole bolt of it, I may just do some more. These bits could put me in the mood for a little fall project….. But I think I need some more greens…. This next one is my least favorite, I kind of dumped all my leftover dyes on this one!      

I think I have hand dyed fabrics in all the other colors I will need for the quilt. I have purchased some designs for my embroidery machine  to appliqué some dinosaurs on that. This will be a first for me. I am a total rookie with machine embroidery.

Happy Saturday! I hope your day is colorful!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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7 Responses to Dyeing for Dinosaurs

  1. Kathy D says:

    Fun to see what you came up with; those are some great colors. Have always wondered about hand dying. Machine embroidery is fun! Hopefully, the designs you purchased came with a tutorial that explained what to do at each color stop. It’s really not hard to do and I’m sure you’ll be successful! I’m willing to help if you need it.

  2. This is so interesting to me. When I first started reading your post I thought ‘why not just buy some colored fabric’? Then I saw the pics of the dyed fabric. It’s beautiful!! The dyed fabric adds so much to the finished project – not only did Nana make this, she specially colored the fabric! I love this!

  3. Rochelle says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Did some hand dyeing with my mini-group this summer and then pulled out some of my hand dyes and paints for a project. I really need to do some more hand painting. I’ve led the grandkids through hand dyeing t-shirts every year (except this one) since they were 4 or 5…now some are teens. It is always exciting to see what you will get!!!

  4. GigTog says:

    Awesome post Katy! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the information. Everything looks great!
    ~Dori

  5. Great idea. Sounds like fun. Dinosaurs are a great theme. Good luck.

  6. Gina says:

    Great results. I’ve never had much luck with dying. All my fabrics have come out a wishy washy colour, not the bright deep colours I hoped for

  7. Kathy says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize that hand dying fabrics would produce such lovely results. I guess I just thought that you’d wind up with a solid fabric in whatever color you chose … like a Kona. Those results are fabulous! What a fantastic quilt that will be … hand made AND hand dyed! A keepsake for sure.

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