Indigo-Dyed Patchwork Tablecloth
- White unbleached muslin, 4 yds.
iron and pressing surface, scissors, measuring tape or ruler
- Jacquard Products: Indigo Tie Dye Kit, Scarlet iDye for Natural Fabrics, Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets
- Sewing machine and thread
- The Warm Company Lite Steam-a-Seam
- Computer and printer
- Cutting mat, rotary cutter, paper trimmer
- Long wooden dowel, five gallon bucket with lid, glass measuring cup, plastic mixing bowl, metal paint tray
- 1. Cut muslin into following measurements: one yard, one yard, two yards. Wash and dry muslin to remove sizing.
- 2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to dye one yard muslin with Scarlet dye using washing machine.
- 3. To Indigo dye, read manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly before beginning process. (Note: Designer suggests dyeing in an outside area to prevent spills.) In bathtub, fill five gallon bucket with four gallons warm water. Working outside, empty packet of Indigo dye into bucket and stir gently. Replace lid and let sit 15-20 minutes. In smaller mixing bowl, follow manufacturer’s instructions to measure hot water and chemicals. Wearing latex gloves included in kit, stir gently until chemicals are dissolved. Slowly pour mixture into Indigo bucket. Use long dowel to stir in one direction. After stirring in one direction, reverse direction and repeat. Place lid on container and let sit one hour.
- 4. Press one yard of un-dyed fabric. Using rubber bands from kit, tie material into concentric circles by pulling up center of fabric to create cone shape. Start at top and tie with rubber bands every 3”-4” until entire fabric is tied. When you get towards center and bottom, reverse direction and wrap rubber bands from bottom for ease in tying.
- 5. Thoroughly wet fabric and squeeze out excess water. Remove lid from Indigo bucket and remove “bloom” from top of settled dye while wearing rubber gloves. (Note: See manufacturer’s instructions for photo of what “bloom” will look like in bucket. Dye should appear light green color.) Place fabric in Indigo bucket and gently swish around, being careful to not submerge. Fabric should appear green in color. Position fabric on metal paint tray and let set. As dyed fabric is exposed to air, it will gradually turn to Indigo color.
- 6. From remaining un-dyed muslin, use cutting mat and rotary cutter to cut fifty-two 7” squares. Cut ten 7” squares from Scarlet-dyed fabric. Press. Use computer and printer to print “celebrate” 14 times on cotton inkjet fabric paper. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse Steam a Seam onto back of “celebrate” cotton fabric sheets (after removing paper backing). Trim around “celebrate” with paper trimmer and fuse to center of 10 Scarlet and four white squares. Use sewing machine to sew around edges of “celebrate” on center of squares using straight stitch around edges.
- 7. Remove rubber bands from Indigo-dyed fabric. Let dry. When fabric is dry, cut fabric into thirteen 7” squares using mat and rotary cutter.
- 8. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew together center Scarlet square sandwiched between two Indigo squares. Sew two squares together and press seams open after each square has been joined. Sew Indigo-Scarlet-Indigo trio to white square sandwiched between two Indigo squares. Repeat process until nine rows of three squares have been sewn together. (Note: 10 Scarlet, 13 Indigo, and four white squares are used.) Refer to photo for layout of design. When center panel is complete, add two rows of white squares to each side. (Note: 18 white squares for each long side and six white squares for each short side are used.) Sew 1” seam across bottom of tablecloth.
by Melony Bradley for Jacquard Products