DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Tie-dye has been a favorite hobby of mine since I was a kid. I remember first learning to tie-dye as a girl scout at summer camp and it’s what initially inspired my former handmade business, Camp Smartypants back in 2009. While I still love to wear tie-dye today, it’s been years since I’ve dug out my supplies and tie-dyed something new.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

For my newest hobby (I have many), I’ve taken up the study of herbs and creating my own Materia Medica. When choosing which herb to research next, I settled on Turmeric for it’s amazing orange color (perfect for the fall season). Turmeric is used in Indian and Asian cuisine, it has amazing medicinal properties, and is also used as a natural dye for both food and textiles.

Turmeric is one of my favorite spices (I turn to it often to help ease pain and inflammation) and I was excited to be able to get crafty with it and dye a new scarf to wear this fall season. Of course, I couldn’t resist tying up the fabric before tossing it into the prepared dye, making for a vibrant, natural tie-dye.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Supplies Needed

• Turmeric powder (about 1/2 cup)
• White vinegar
• *White natural fiber scarf (like cotton or silk)

Additional Tools

• Large pot
• Rubber gloves
• Waxed thread (I used Flat Sinew)

*I used a white jersey scarf from American Apparel

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Instructions

First things first, wash and dry your fabric to release any starch that might still be in the fibers. Then simmer fabric in a large pot with a water/vinegar solution for one hour (use 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar). This process creates a fixative for the turmeric dye.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Rinse and ring out your fabric under cold water until it no longer smells of vinegar and set aside. Fill the pot with fresh water again (using enough water to cover your fabric) and bring to a simmer. Add the turmeric powder (I used about 1/2 cup of turmeric, but you can use more or less depending on whether you want a dark or light color) and stir until dissolved. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

While the turmeric dye is simmering, tie up your scarf any way you’d like. I like to use flat sinew (a waxed thread) for tie-dye but you can use rubber bands or regular string as well.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Submerge the tied fabric into the dye bath and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir the fabric every once in a while to make sure it’s completely soaked in the dye and to prevent the fabric from burning. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let the fabric sit in the dye bath for as long as you want. I wanted my scarf to be as dark yellow/orange as possible so I left it in the dye bath for a full 24 hours.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

Once the fabric is approximately two shades darker than your desired color, remove it from the dye bath and rinse under cold water to remove the excess dye. Cut off your string or remove your rubber bands and continue squeezing and rinsing until the water runs clear again. Place rinsed fabric in the dryer or hang dry.

DIY: Turmeric Tie-Dye Scarf #natural #dye #tiedye

What a fun project! I am so happy with the results and am loving the pungent turmeric aroma that filled my kitchen over the weekend.

I used this post by Itty Bitty Impact as a guide for this project.

DIY: Tie-Dye Tissue Paper

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
Tie-dye paper was one of the first crazy-idea-craft-projects Alison and I ever did together. You can read about our mishaps and crafty shenanigans from that day here.

We learned a lot from that day back in 2011 and have been making tie-dye paper ever since. We love using it to make tissue paper flowers, to wrap gifts, and even to glue into pages of journals. This tutorial will walk you through how to successfully tie-dye tissue paper (because believe me it’s actually a little tricky).

Supplies Needed

• White tissue paper
• Liquid watercolors
• Plastic cups
• Paper towels

Step 1. Fold Your Paper

This is the basic folding technique for tie-dye paper. First you fold it accordion style, back and forth until you have one long rectangle.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Then fold the bottom right corner to the left edge to make a triangle. Continue turning and pressing until you have one large triangle.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Repeat this folding process for as many sheets of tissue you’d like to tie-dye.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Step 2: Dye Your Paper

First you want to prep your dyeing area. I like to use a large baking sheet lined with paper towels as a work surface. First pour the liquid watercolor into the plastic cups or bowls.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Then begin dipping the corners of the folded triangle into the different colors. You’ll want to hold the paper in the dye for a few seconds to allow the watercolor to soak into the folded paper.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

I like to dip my paper into three different colors (one for each corner of the triangle). Once you’re done dying, place it on the paper towel and let dry completely.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

You may be like me, and not have the patience to wait until the paper is completely dry before unfolding, but if you try to unfold wet tissue paper it WILL tear. So keep calm and wait it out.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Once your triangles are completely dry, carefully unfold the tissue. You can use a warm iron to flatten the paper completely and remove some of the creases from folding.

Some Tips

Tissue – I originally tried using tissue paper from the Dollar Tree and didn’t get the best results. The watercolor had trouble soaking into the tissue. So next I tried some tissue from my local craft store and had much better results. I guess some tissue paper is less absorbent? If you don’t get the results you like, simply try another brand.
Liquid watercolor – can be difficult to find. I found the Artist’s Loft brand bottles at Michael’s in the art supply section of the store. Alison also recommends using Blick Liquid Watercolors.
• For a fast dry, set your oven to it’s lowest setting and place your paper towel lined baking tray in the oven for approx. 10 minutes.