Summer is upon us, which means a couple of months with the kids at home….all day….every day. I know you’re ready right now, Mom, to be done with the homework folders, and the packing of the lunches, and bargaining with your kids to hurry up and get ready. But, just picture yourself a month from now…..you’re going to need back up. I’m here to help with a fun and easy craft project! Get ready to tie dye your summer!
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime to Asia. While there, we were able to visit both major cities and more rural areas. I especially enjoyed experiencing the different cultures far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of my favorite stops was to a fabric shop where we got to see women creating beautiful dyed batiks. If you’re not familiar, batik is a form of wax resist dying. I’ve been fascinated with it since getting to witness this beautiful art form. I thought I’d try my own version of batik dying!
To create your own batik dyed project, you will need the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit, a bottle of washable craft glue, a paint brush, and white fabric that you would like to dye. Muslin is a good fabric, or you could try a tea towel or white t-shirt.
Traditionally, batik is created by using hot wax. It is a super complicated process that only skilled artisans can achieve, and not quite kid-friendly. Instead of wax, we’ll be using plain ol’ craft glue to act as a resist. You can either freehand “paint” your design onto the fabric, or you could use a stencil like I did.
The Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit has everything you need for an easy, mess-free project….including plenty of gloves! All you have to do to prepare the dye is fill the bottles up to the line and shake until the pigment is dissolved. Simple!
Once the glue is completely dry, you can head outside to dye your fabric. Just squirt the dye anywhere you want color, including the areas that you have “painted” with glue.
When it is time, you can unwrap your project and rinse the dye out in the sink. This will also wash out the glue and start to reveal your design. If the glue is being a bit stubborn, you can use an old toothbrush to help it along. Continue to rinse until the water runs clear. The final step is to run your project through a hot cycle in your washing machine and dry.
The options are endless with this technique! You can create custom t-shirts, pillow cases, tote bags, or even wall hangings. I decided to sew my batik rose fabric into a lavender sachet to keep our drawers smelling fresh.
What would you create with the batik dying technique?