Do you want your kids to use their imagination and creativity? Do you want them to move away from gadgets and modern technology?
You will experience the power of the 3 natural plant-based dyes:
- Powdered Turmeric – creates a golden yellow
- Powdered Onion Skin – creates a nutmeg brown
- Powdered Beet Root – creates a reddish-brown colour
These natural plant-based powders can be used on both the banana fiber and cotton cloth that comes with the kit.
It’s all up to you to design, create and define the use!
You’ll have fun making bracelet, headband, or belt with this natural craft kit.
To begin with, the craft kit consist of:
- Three powdered natural colours from turmeric (golden yellow colour), onion skin (nutmeg brown colour) and beetroot (reddish brown colour) for dyeing.
- Poplin cotton cloth of 20/20 inches
- Five pieces of Bamboo popsicle
- Raw banana fibre
- Soap nuts or commonly know as reetha in hindi language.
So, let’s get started.
5 Simple Things To Create With Natural Dyes
Here, we will give you 5 ways you can help your kids to create with natural dyes. Step by step instructions on how to do it is provided below.
1. Use The Banana Fibre To Create a Friendship Bracelet
Step 1: Prepare a dye fixative and dye your yarn
What you’ll need:
- Dyed Banana Yarn
- Tape or Safety pins
- Natural plant-based dyes
Step 2: Measure and Cut
- The general rule is to cut pieces of the yarn.
- Measure the width of your wrist and leave 3 inches from both ends of the yarns.
Step 3: Determine the number of strands
- Number of strands depends on the number of colours and pattern. If you want 2 colour design, select 2 strands. Two alternating colours will make a pretty pattern with very little effort. You can select up to 6 strands to colour.
Step 4: How to start the bracelet
- Begin the bracelet by taking your cut strand of banana yarn and tying an overhand knot in one end.
- Adhere this to the table top or your pants or a pillow. Next braid 3 inches down from this knot. Once you’ve finished your braid, make another overhand knot at the bottom of the braid.
Now we’ll get to the fun part!
Step 5: Start the Knotting
(refer to the visual)
Step 6: How to finish the bracelet
- Once you’ve got ¾ inches worth of knotting done, you’re fine to finish your bracelet. Make another overhand knot right at the end of the main part of the bracelet. From that knot braid three inches and then knot again.
- Cut off the extra yarn from both ends of the bracelet. Now you’re done.
Tie it on!! Show it off! Or give it to someone as a friendship gift.
2. Create Belt/ Bag strap /Hairband with Banana Fibre
Follow the above steps: Step 1 to Step 7
- Remember that the size of the strand is very important, you would want to measure accordingly before you do the knotting.
- Take a strand of the yarn and measure the width of your head.
- Remember to leave 6 inches from both ends of the yarns for the overhand knot.
- Similarly, you can measure the length of your shoulder bag strap or your waist and cut the yarns according to your size.
3. Make Your Own Hair Extension with Banana Fibre
- Take your dyed banana fiber yarn and cut according to the length of hair extension you want
- Use a rubber band to tie the end of the yarn
- Select the natural dye colour you want to use for your hair extension
4. Make Beautiful Bandana or Tiffin Lunch Mat From The Natural Dyes
What you’ll need:
- 20 inch by 20-inch cloth (enclosed)
- 5 rubber bands
- Natural Plant Based Dye
- Bamboo popsicle
- Aluminium pot
Step 1: Creating the shibori technique – Triangle accordion fold
Refer to visual sheet and youtube video
What you’ll need:
- Cotton fabric 20X20 inch
- Bamboo popsicle and rubber bands
How to Shibori tie-dye:
- Fold the fabric lengthwise into a long strip (for this pattern, starting with a wide strip results in larger, more distinct triangles.
- Fold the strip again in triangles, accordion style.
- Then take 4 strips of bamboo sticks and place two strips each side on the corner ends of the triangle.
- Wait for the magic to happen!!
Step 2: Prepare the fabric with a fixative
To get the fabric ready for the dye bath, you will have to soak the fabric in a colour fixative before the dye process. This will make the colour set in the fabric.
What you’ll need: Salt or Vinegar
- Put 1/2 tsp of salt in a pot of water (Pour enough water depending on how much quantity of fabrics you want to dye).
- Make sure your fabric is fully submerged in the water.
- Boil for one hour.
- You can also use vinegar fixative. Combine one-part vinegar and four parts water and boil the fabric in the mixture for one hour.
When your fabric is done, rinse it out under cold water.
Step 3: Prepare the fabric with a fixative
- Pour 1 liter of water in an aluminium pot.
- Add 1 tsp of powdered dyes (1tsp will be enough to dye your T-shirt, hanky or bandana along with yarn)
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour.
Step 4: Dye the fabric
Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired colour is obtained. For a stronger shade, allow material to soak in the dye overnight. Then, wash the fabric separately and put it to dry. The colour of the fabric becomes lighter when its dry.
5. Dye Your Old Clothes with The Natural Dyes
Take your old T-shirts, hankies, dupattas and make them new again by dyeing them with these natural dyes.
- For the Turmeric dye – Take a teaspoon of turmeric with 2 ltr of water and get creative dyeing your T-shirts or hankies.
- For Beetroot dye – Take 2 teaspoon of beetroot powder and dye your cotton or silk dupattas.
- For Onion skin dye – Take 1-2 teaspoons and DIY your old Tshirts or even your towel for a nice dark brown color.
Get ready for the magic to happen with all the stuffs that’s available right in your kitchen!!!
How to Care for Your Naturally Dyed Fabric:
Use Soap Nuts as a Natural Detergent
Step 1: Take 1 soap nut out of the cloth bag (included in your kit)
Step 2: Peel the shell of the soap nut and rub the open shell with the dyed fabric using cold water. A little foam lather will appear as you wash the cloth.
Step 3: Rinse in cold water
Step 4: Dry in shade.
Note: Direct sunlight will lead to fast fading of the natural color
I hope these examples have helped you and your kids get creative with natural dyes.
What else can you create with natural dyes?
Leave your comments below.