Fall dye bath

by Dana on October 15, 2010

I have two baby gifts to prepare so I bought a bunch of onesies and a spectrum of these:
As I’ve shared in my tutorial before, dyeing fabric is very fun and doesn’t need to be fussy or hard. In one evening, I made 4 different dye baths in different bowls, in my kitchen sink. From time to time I stopped by to stir them and carried on with other activities.
I when I was done, I had these pretty colors:
I really didn’t mean for them to be Fall-like shades. But the gifts are both for little boys so I went with bold colors and I love how beautiful they look together.
While I was at it, I threw elastic in the dye bath too.
The orange worked! Compared to the orange cotton onesie, however, the color is more muted. As I shared in the Dyeing Elastic Tutorial, RIT and other dye brands work best on Cotton, rather than Polyester or Nylon. Meaning, if I can find 2-inch wide Cotton elastic, I’ll be a happy camper.
Sadly, poor yellow had an accident. Well, not an accident. It was just me trying kill two birds with one stone. I washed the red onsies in my washing machine first, alone. Then, next cycle, I washed orange ones and kept the red onesies in there too so they’d get another rinse. Everything was fine. So, round 3, I washed yellow and decided to keep orange and red in there again. Dumb move. Yellow now has a bleeding red arm. But not enough to look cool; it looks accidental. So, it’ll become black or brown next time around!
Okay, I’m off to finish the looks and maybe pants to go along? Hmmm.
Talk with you soon!

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1 Jenni June 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’m always wanting bright colored onesies and shirts for my little one. This is an awesome way to get them! Thanks!

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2 Christina February 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I love the two orange shades. You wouldn’t happen to have the recipe for them would you?

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