Last week I made this super cute chevron fabric! I am really happy with how it turned out, so I'm going to share how I did it.
I'm not going to go over how to use the dye itself, just my folding and dipping process. I get my supplies from Dharma Trading, and they have excellent tutorials on how to dye fabric. Here is the dye I use:
I used a 100% cotton sheet. Start by folding the sheet in half verticallyand in half again vertically. This will give you 3 major "shifts", or bumps, in your chevron. You can see below that I now have 4 layers to work with as one. You could fold it more for more shifts that are closer together.
Next you are going to begin to fold your fabric back and forth- like making a paper fan- beginning at one corner of your fabric stack.
Each time you make a fold iron it down to make it crisp and sharp. Try to keep the folds even so your stripes will be even.
After folding you will have a long, narrow strip like this:
At this point I did secure my folds with a safety pin near one end and a binder clip near the other. I didn't want my fabric to open up and sink into the dye.
Next, prepare your dye (according to directions on dye) in a shallow container. I used a vintage enamel tray, but a disposable aluminum baking tray would work too. Just be sure you do not use something that you also use for food.
I wish I had a shot of the next step, but it went so quick I didn't have a chance!
You are going to dip one long edge of the folded fabric into the dye. It's sideways from the way you ironed it, so all the little folds on one side get dipped into the dye.
Right away the dye starts to spread up toward the other folded edge. Don't let it go all the way! It will continue to creep up after you take it out of the dye, so take it out sooner than you think. I took mine out after it got about half way. It only took a few seconds!
(And by the way, I recommend doing the dyeing outside! I had some drips to clean up in my kitchen!)
You now need to let the extra dye drip away a bit. I put mine in the grass for a minute or two. Be sure to leave the undyed edge up so the extra dye doesn't seep onto it.
Next put the fabric in a plastic bag and tie it up. It's still wise to try and keep the undyed edge up. Follow the directions for setting the dye. Mine says to leave it in the bag 4-24 hours. I couldn't wait so I took it out after 4.
Rinse and set the dye according to your dye's instructions. Mine has me rinse until the water runs clear then wash and dry.
Here is what mine looked like right after I rinsed it. I love it! It is a lot lighter now, but still great.
I hope this tutorial makes sense, it was a lot harder to describe than I thought! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Keep a look out in a couple of days for the project I designed this fabric for!