Miscellany

Toddler Tie Dye & Basket

for  Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Spring into the season with a fun one-step tie-dye outfit for that adorable toddler in your life! Sizes: outfits, 3T top, leggings, skirt; basket, 10"x10"; eggs, 5" long

  • Toddler Tie Dye & Basket

Materials

  • Child's white top, leggings and pink ruffle skirt
  • FloraCraft Make It: Fun Foam Eggs, 2-7/8"x3-13/16", five
  • White cotton fabric or t-shirt
  • White basket with handle, 10"x10”
  • Silver barrette, 2" long
  • Silk or paper flowers with pearl centers, 1" diameter: fuchsia, yellow, green, orange, turquoise
  • White wire, 22-gauge, 20" length
  • Green shredded paper

Tools

  • FloraCraft Design It: Floral Shears, Wire Cutter
  • Tulip One-Step Neon Tie-Dye Kit: Fuchsia, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Turquoise
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion

Basic Supplies

  • small plastic containers with lids, large garbage bags, zip-lock bags, paper towels, straight pin, needle and white sewing thread
  • 1. Use Floral Shears to cut apart t-shirt to get one front and one back panel, cutting off neckband and sleeves; or cut one yard fabric into two pieces. Pre-wash fabric, top, and leggings without fabric softener; do not dry. Place damp fabric, top, and leggings into individual, zip-lock bags to keep damp. Tip: Practice tie-dying on fabric or t-shirt until comfortable with process. Use practice fabric to make barrette, basket bows, and eggs.
  • 2. Use Floral Shears to cut open bottoms of garbage bags. Cover table with one garbage bag; set others aside. Place two layers paper towels on plastic. Wearing gloves included in kit, divide powder dye in half, putting excess dye into small plastic container for each color. Seal tightly and save for another project. (Note: Less dye allows colors to be slightly more pastel hued.) For best results, complete dyeing within 45 minutes of adding water. Fill dye bottles with water, replace caps, and shake well.
  • 3. Open test fabric bag and remove one piece. Spread out onto paper towels and smooth. Practice making dots so only nozzle touches fabric. Fill test fabric piece with dots, controlling placement and dot size. Fold over edges of garbage bag to cover fabric. Move to another location for colors to "set" for 6-8 hours. Repeat process for second piece of test fabric, but this time practice drawing lines that have about 1" of space between them. (Note: This 1" will narrow as dye bleeds. If you want colors to run together, make lines closer together, but use analogous colors so the blend doesn't turn brown. Example: Analogous colors, fuchsia and yellow, will blend to make orange, but opposite colors, fuchsia and green, will turn brown.) Practice lines and application until fabric is full. Cover and let dye set.
  • 4. Position damp shirt on covered work surface. Beginning at top and working down fabric, apply curved dotted dye pattern. Cover and let dye set. Prepare work area and set damp leggings down. Smooth legs, keeping them side-by-side. Draw slightly curved lines going from one direction to other, from one leg to other, using same color. Leave space and continue applying stripes, going across both legs with each color. Cover and let dye set.
  • 5. After all fabrics have set for 6-8 hours, rinse all separately in sink. Wash as large load on hottest setting in washing machine using small amount of soap. Let dry.
  • 6. To make bows on basket, cut dyed fabric into two 4"x22" strips. Position one horizontally on table; bring ends in to overlap each other into "x" shape. Use Wire Cutter to cut 10" wire length, scrunch center of bow, and bind center. Twist wire ends around base of basket handle. Repeat for bow on other side. Attach fuchsia flowers in centers of bows using glue. Fill basket with shredded paper.
  • 7. To make eggs, chose tie-dye areas on test fabric and cut into five 6"x9" pieces. Position one piece horizontally on table with egg on top. Apply vertical line of glue to egg and press fabric edge into glue. Wrap egg with rest of fabric, slightly overlapping edges. At top and bottom, snip 1" long slits, 1" apart around fabric. Cut each tab into triangle (with point to outside) to minimize bulk. With glue and straight pin, pull up one pointed tab to center of egg. Apply dot of glue and hold momentarily with pin. Repeat with next tab, allowing edges to curl under so fold shows. Continue working all around, trimming excess fabric as needed. Remove pin. Adhere flower to both ends to cover raw edges. Repeat with all eggs and place in basket.
  • 8. To make barrette, cut 1-1/2"x14" dyed-fabric strip. Along one long edge, make 1/4"-long basting stitches. Pull thread to gather into flower; knot ends. Adhere flower to barrette and adhere yellow paper flower in center. Let dry before wearing.