DIY Ombre Dye Shirt With 2 Colors! (Paintbrush Method)

Hi everyone! In this video tutorial, I’m back with another fabric dyeing project, and its perfect for summer! A few years back I made my How to Ombré Dye a Shirt (Single Color) tutorial. Because its been one of my most popular tutorials on my channel (and I absolutely love anything ombre) I decided to make another ombre dye video, but this time we’re using a different technique and TWO colors!

Rather than dip dyeing the shirt, we’ll be using a paintbrush to create the ombre effect. I think this method is a bit easier and quicker than my dip dye one (although both methods have their pros and cons). This tutorial is specifically for creating an effect where two colors blend into each other. This paintbrush method also results in lighter, much more subtle/pastel colors.

 

 

You’ll want to choose two colors that are fairly close together on the color wheel – if they are opposite colors (such as red and green, or orange and blue, or yellow and purple) they will likely create a brown, muddy color where they blend together. I’m using aqua blue and tulip pink – this combination will create purple in the middle.

This is a project you’ll want to do outside, which is why it’s so great for Summer!

Materials:

  • 2 colors of fabric dye, I’m using this aqua one and this pink one
  • Clothes or items that have a significant percentage of cotton – 100% is best, but lower amounts should still work. If you use synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, the dye won’t take well at all. My shirt is from Kohl’s – it is called the crochet pocket shirt.
  • 2 containers, one to hold each color of dye. I also highly recommend having a container of water on hand. Make sure these won’t be used for food after doing this.
  • Paintbrush – a 3″ one designed for painting walls works well. I got mine from Dollar Tree.
  • Paper towels
  • Something like a cheap, plastic tablecloth to cover and protect your workspace
  • Plastic spoon or other to stir the dye with

 

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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DIY Shibori Tie Dye Technique Tutorial

Hi everyone! In this video you’ll learn a fun and beautiful way to dye clothes, which is very popular lately: Shibori! It’s also a great project for Summer 🙂

If you haven’t heard of it before, Shibori is a Japanese fabric dyeing technique in which fabric is folded, twisted, pressed and more – which resists the dye and creates amazing patterns on the fabric! There are many different kinds, and in this video, we’ll cover a few of the diy Shibori techniques that can be used.

Don’t be intimidated to try this out – I’m new to this technique as well, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results you get! Traditional Shibori involves dyeing the fabric with Indigo, but to make things easier, I used this denim blue dye from Dylon. If you’re new to this, I would recommend using something other than Indigo as well – it can be more tricky to work with.

Materials:

  • Fabric or clothes to dye – SUPER IMPORTANT: unless you’re using a dye made for synthetics, use clothes that have a significant percentage of cotton – 100% is best, but lower percentages should still work. I used a variety of different fabric percentages in this video. You can tell what was 100% cotton because it came out darker and more vibrant.
  • Fabric Dye – I used this one to try for a color similar to the traditional indigo blue.
  • Things to bind and fold the fabric – rubber bands, clothespins, a PVC pipe, twine, popsicle sticks, clips, pebbles, wood blocks, etc. depending on the design you want to create.
  • Bucket to dye the items in
  • Rubber Gloves – your hands will become colorful otherwise 🙂
  • Tablecloth – as with most fabric dyeing, this is messy and you’ll want to cover your workspace – if you can work outside that’s even better!

 

Here are each of the items from the video and how they turned out!

Trying out Shibori was really fun and I was pleasantly surprised with how everything turned out! If I could change one thing, I would have made the dye more concentrated to get a darker color.

If you try this out I’d love to hear how it went, and if you have any questions feel free to comment below 🙂

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Round Loom Knit Scarf Tutorial – Knit, Purl & Slip Stitch

In this week’s tutorial, we’re knitting a scarf on a round loom!

 

 

My Easy Loom Knit Hat Tutorial has been popular and several people have requested another loom knitting project, so today is the day!

If you’ve made my loom knit hat, then this scarf will likely be a breeze for you. The only new additions here are learning to go back the other direction and the slip stitches at each end of the row, which are easy once you get the hang of them.

 

Cast on 17 stitches.

The last stitch on each end will be a slip stitch, and won’t count toward the width of the scarf.

 

It helped me to write down the stitches and create a “key” like this:

X=slip stitch, K=e-wrap/knit, P=purl :

X K P K K P K K P K K P K K P K X   each letter representing a stitch, for a total of 17 stitches.

It may feel confusing to follow this pattern at first, but after a few rows, it’ll become easy.

 

Because the scarf does not stretch around something like a hat does, you will not be able to easily see the pattern you’ve stitched into it. Using this combination of stitches will, however, keep the scarf from curling up and creates a dense, warm scarf.

Materials:

  • Yarn, I used this one
  • Round loom and hook tool, I used the green loom in this set
  • Scissors

 

Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

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3 Cute Felt Animal Ear Headbands (Cat, Unicorn & Deer)

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating these 3 cute animal themed headbands. We’re making a cat one, a unicorn one, and a deer/reindeer one.

Time needed: ~30 minutes for each one

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Stiff felt in your colors of choice
  • Cord of some kind
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pencil
  • Thin headbands
  • Paper for patterns

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Cat Pattern

Unicorn Pattern

Deer Pattern

 

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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