Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Tie Dyed Outfits

School holidays is a perfect time to get the kids creating.  These holidays we finally used the Tulip Dyes that I had waiting to be used for 6 months.When I was younger I used to love dyeing my clothes and making my own original creations.  In those days you had to fill a bucket full of salt and boiling water and then sprinkle the dye in.  Then you had to put on thick rubber gloves to place the clothes into the bucket of dye. It wasn't as safe for children and it was very very messy.These days it is so simple and easy that the job is done in half the time and the kids don't lose interest so quickly.For my tie dyeing project I used the Tulip brand dye which you can buy online or at Officeworks, Spotlight and Lincraft (shop around for the best price). They still use powdered dye but they have a squeezy bottle that makes the dye so easy to apply and you don't need to use boiling water or salt.I have written the basic tie dyeing instructions below but if you would like to learn more you can look at Tulips instructions that come with the dye.The most important advice I can give you is to "Just have fun with it!!"1517025072742Supplies:

  • Pre-washed White fabric or clothing to dye (Natural fabrics such as cotton, rayon, wool, viscose and silk).  Man made fabrics do not absorb dye easily so they are best to be avoided.
  • Tulip Tie Dye kit (includes dye, application bottles, gloves and rubber bands)
  • Cling wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • plastic cover to protect your work surface
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber bands (supplied in Tulip kit)
  • Gloves (Supplied in Tulip kit)
  • Painting smock/apron or protective clothing
  • Water
  • Large flat paint brush (if you are making the ombre design)
  • Cup of water (for the ombre design)

Dyeing tipChoose your designs and prepare the fabric before you mix the dyes.  The dyes will only last 45 minutes after you have mixed them, they will start to lose intensity after the 45 minutes and you will have a weaker result with the dyeing.Prepare your workspace

  • Prepare your work space by covering your work table with a plastic covering and placing paper towel sheets over your work area.
  • Place your smock/apron on and put your gloves on
  • Place your prepared garments or fabric with elastics secured onto the paper towels
  • Put your mixed dyes next to your fabrics ready to use

How to mix the dyeTake the lid off the dye and add cold water to the water line mark. Secure lid and shake until dye has dissovled.Swirl Method

  1. Twist the fabric into a flat spiral and then secure with 3 elastic bands to make 6 wedges. PSX_20180128_134318
  2. Choose the colours that you will be using and gently squeeze them onto the fabric making sure that it has penetrated the fabric without over saturating.  Flip over and do the other side too.  PSX_20180128_134030PSX_20180128_133748
  3. Once you have completed it wrap it in cling wrap and put it in a plastic bag.  Let it set for at least 6-8 hours (longer if you prefer more intensity in the colour).
  4. Once ready, remove rubber bands and rinse the fabric in cold water until it runs clear (wear gloves to avoid dyeing your hands).
  5. Wash it separately in washing machine on a large wash with a small amount of laundry soap. The wash should be put on a warm to hot setting, making the water only as hot as what is suitable for the type of fabric that you are using.  I recommend washing this item separately for it's first few washes.
  6. Hang out out to dry, then it is ready to wear.

1517025539742Horizontal Design

  1. Scrunch fabric together to make a long sausage like shape. Secure elastics your desired distance apart all the way down the length of the fabric.PSX_20180128_134318 PSX_20180128_134108
  2. Choose the colours that you will be using and gently squeeze them onto the fabric making sure that it has penetrated the fabric without over saturating.  Flip over and do the other side too. PSX_20180128_133847PSX_20180128_133727
  3. Once you have completed it wrap it in cling wrap and put it in a plastic bag.  Let it set for at least 6-8 hours (longer if you prefer more intensity in the colour).
  4. Once ready, remove rubber bands and rinse the fabric in cold water until it runs clear (wear gloves to avoid dyeing your hands).
  5. Wash it separately in washing machine on a large wash with a small amount of laundry soap. The wash should be put on a warm to hot setting, making the water only as hot as what is suitable for the type of fabric that you are using.  I recommend washing this item separately for it's first few washes.
  6. Hang out out to dry, then it is ready to wear.

 Ombre Design

  1. Choose the colour/s that you will be using and apply the colour to the bottom of the garment or fabric.  Using a large painting brush, gently brush the dye upwards on the fabric.
  2. Now dip the brush into the water and gently brush upwards on the fabric.
  3. Continue with this method adding new colours as you go.  If you are using just one colour continue with the one colour until you achieve your desired effect. PSX_20180128_133822
  4. Once you have completed it wrap it in cling wrap and put it in a plastic bag.  Let it set for at least 6-8 hours (longer if you prefer more intensity in the colour).
  5. Once ready, remove rubber bands and rinse the fabric in cold water until it runs clear (wear gloves to avoid dyeing your hands).
  6. Wash it separately in washing machine on a large wash with a small amount of laundry soap. The wash should be put on a warm to hot setting, making the water only as hot as what is suitable for the type of fabric that you are using.  I recommend washing this item separately for it's first few washes.
  7. Hang out out to dry, then it is ready to wear. PSX_20180128_133941

If you are using the same colours as I was in the photo above.  It is quicker to apply the same colour to each fabric as you go.There are so many unlimited possibilities with tie dyeing, once you have mastered the basics you can test your creativity and make up your own designs.  You can also choose more challenging things to dye.Not only will your kids have loads of fun, I assure you that you will too.Enjoy!

Kids Sewing Class - Snuggly cushion for your cuddly toy

Kids Sewing Class - Snuggly cushion for your cuddly toy

Daisy Skirt (No pattern required)

Daisy Skirt (No pattern required)