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Adventures with Rit Dye Part 1

I’ve been wanting to dye fabric for over a YEAR!  But have constantly been intimidated by it.  Finally, I had a full day without any plans, I decided to go for it!

I dyed a whole HEAP of clothes!  However, today I’m only going to highlight one of those items plus give you the rundown of how my process went!  I had so much fun, and perhaps I got a little carried away….near the end there, I just ran up to my closet and randomly pulled things out!

First things first, gather your supplies and be sure to do some research!  I bought Rit Fabric Dye, so many people use this stuff, even old ladies buy it, so I know it must be good!  I checked out their website before heading to the store.  I already had some Kelly Green fabric dye that I bought on clearance a year ago, so I wanted to choose 1 or 2 colors that would look good mixed with it.  I chose Black because I wanted to dye a few things black or darker black, then Teal because it mixes well with the Kelly Green (which you can read about here in their Color Guide).  It looked like I could make all sorts of colors with those, so it seemed a good choice.

I read suggests to use table salt or vinegar, so I made sure to have those handy.  I decided not to use them however, so you’ll have to search info elsewhere about that.  I read all the tips for dying fabric on Rit’s Techniques page, Stovetop Method like 15 times.  Its not my washing machine, so I decided to avoid the possibility of screwing it up.

For the stovetop method you need:

A large pot, (garage sale score $1)
Picnic Tablecloth to protect the floor from drips
1-2 plastic tubs for carrying the wet item around (to outside or whatever)
long 1/2″ wooden dowel, $0.75 for stirring
Measuring cups (optional)
Table salt (optional)
White vinegar (optional)
Pants hangar (optional)
Dish Soap (optional)
Gloves (optional but recommended)

Large Pot for Fabric Dying - Christina Designs Art - Rit Dye Adventures Part 1

This is how big your pot should be, you need to cover your entire fabric with the dye

I will cover tips and techniques, plus a few insights into things that didn’t go right, on another post.  I don’t want this to be long and boring.  So I’ll share the first shirt I ever dyed!

Before Flash Dye Shirt - Christina Designs Art - Rit Fabric Dye Adventures

Flash Dye Shirt

The only purpose of this shirt being dyed was to test out what I was doing, before I dropped in my main reason for dying.  That being said, I still didn’t want it to turn all black (my chosen starting color).  So I decided to just drop it in real quickly, like literally less than a minute.  I decided to just drop the whole thing in as quickly as I could, then let it completely be covered, and pull the whole thing back out again!

Thats why its titled the Flash Dye Shirt.  So it started out light grey and white striped.  Read the directions on the bottle and on the website thoroughly before beginning so you have an idea of what to do!!  I was expecting maybe a light grey where the white used to be and dark grey where the light grey used to be.  I got a totally surprise.  I was quite shocked when I pulled it out, how QUICKLY the dye had taken to the fabric!!!

In hindsight, I should have realized the dye would be most potent the first time around, and perhaps I should have placed my intentionally dark item in first.  Oh well.  It still looks ok.  In fact, I might dye it again and see if I can darken up the bottom of the shirt (which ironically was placed in first).

After Flash Dye Shirt - Christina Designs Art - Rit Fabric Dye Adventures

While drying outside

Here you can faintly see the stripes near the bottom, which I still find crazy that I see anything at all.  Also, the color isn’t quite so grey.  After it dried (no picture, sorry), it had that nice vintage/faded look which I think is fun.  However those bottom stripes look too accidental to keep.  Maybe I will paint stripes over them instead.  How interesting…

I dried everything outside on this partially cloudy day, that may have had some effect to the lightening color.  But I didn’t want to wait for it to air dry in the house.  I did put almost everything in the dryer after the items were partially dry to attempt the idea of “heat setting” the dye.

Keep checking back for the next installment when I share the piece of clothing I REALLY wanted to dye black!

So many DIYs, only one week to do them!

If you don’t want to read all this, (and I’m not insulted), skip to the bottom for some real info about upcoming projects and a refashion question or 2 for you!

Hello everyone! It has been SO LONG!  I do apologize for being MIA for so long, I have finally finished my first quarter of PTA school.  I think I did really well, I do not know all my grades yet, but they would have contacted me if I failed anything 🙂  I was taking 3 classes, Introduction to Physical Therapy, Medical Terminology, and Anatomy + Physiology 1.  Intro was not the funnest class ever, in fact it was rather dull for most of the quarter, good thing I had a fun teacher.  Medical Terminology was even more intense then the class I took for Massage Therapy, I wasn’t expecting so much extra info.  Plus all the abbreviations!  Hundreds of them I need to know, I’ll have to keep studying those all year round.  And A+P, not done yet!  It continues for round 2 next quarter, along with Rehab 1.  Finally we can start learning about what PTAs really do in the field.  I’m pretty excited!

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Source: http://sportsmedicinesalary.org/physical-therapy-assistant-cat/

So not only is my first quarter finished (yay!), I have a week off (double yay!), for me to have fun finishing up some projects!  Trust me, I have a massive list!
On this list is a few tutorials I promised you guys, but near the end there I had to study for finals, so not much time, plus a few extra projects I was finishing up!  So I’ll share with you a few things to expect from me in the coming month, as well as any changes that have happened so you can stop “waiting” to hear anything.

Who remembers my Year of Something New?  Well, my sister had her babies back on May 4th (i’m an auntie!), and now this is really a year of something new, except its mainly all baby related haha!  Its ok, I don’t mind it, I am enjoying all the days and hours I am spending with my new niece and nephew.  Sorry no photos, their rule, not mine.  So while things are certainly new, they aren’t the crafty things I had originally planned, and I am not able to share as much with you all as I had hoped.  I will hopefully someday share some of the items I have made for them, as well as other gifts down the rode.  But this blog will not turn into all babies all the time, so thats good!

I have finally started a long overdue wedding gift, it took me a long time to really pick what I wanted to give this bride.  Some people are just easy, but I love to handmake gifts and I think those are the nicest gifts because I make them personalized.  So anyways, I have officially made the decision for a wedding I was in a few months ago, and have already started it.  When I finish and gift it, I will share it with you, its a 2 piece gift!  Then I have another gift that’s more extensive, I want to start and finish as well.  I at least hope to finish half of it, though according to the “directions” it should only take about 2 hours.

I am also in the process of making a Blurb photobook and a Shutterfly photo book.  If you are not signed up for either email list, do it now!  I will share those with you when I finish, I’ve been hoping to do a comparison one I finish my Blurb book, but again I couldn’t decide on a subject, and I tend to add too many things to my plate and that was one of them!  So this week that is also on the list!

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Oh, I also have a massive selection of refashions I want to work on!  I even made a list of everything involving clothes that I want to paint or sew in some way.  I still have a sweatershirt I want to trim down so its more fitted, its like an XL but its from University of Dayton (where I graduated) so it’d be nice to wear it and it fit, you know?  I also trimmed down another hoodie that I have wanted to paint but couldn’t pick a design, I wanted to paint the front pocket black and added a toilet paper stencil, but instead I think I have picked a wrap-around design with no black included!  Maybe some glitter though!

I also would like to know, what are your thoughts on cutting sleeves off jean jackets?  I have this jean jacket I bought a few years ago at a garage sale for a few bucks, never worn it!  I have no idea how to wear jean jackets, is the jean color supposed to match?  Anyway, this jacket fits ok, but I was thinking of cutting off the sleeves or maybe making it short sleeved because it fits awkward at the shoulders.  You just check this out, I love the pockets so I don’t want to crop it.  Oh and the color is a dark bluish yellowy greeny, know what color I’m talking about?  Neither photo I could enhance to get the right color, the left is much too blue, and the right I didn’t get any change.  If you can see in the photo, by the shoulders it looks tight just laying flat, thats kinda how it feels.  I was hoping cutting off the sleeves, maybe adding lace sleeves?  Would solve the tightness problem.  Thoughts anyone?

Jean Jacket Refashion Before

source: me

I have just been inspired to lengthen a skirt, so I’m off to do that now!  If you haven’t taken my gluten free poll please do, if you have, thanks 🙂

Coming up:

Lace Earring and Necklace Tutorial
Make-up fixer tutorial and ideas
How to Fix a Fabric Paint Mistake
Fabric Stencil Painting
Making a Hoodie Fitted
Lengthening a Skirt
DIY Shoe Makeover
Gluten Free Pizza recipe and review
Zucchini Pizza/Pasta recipe and review
Wedding Gift #1
Wedding Jewelry Photos – just to show it off
Shutterfly Photobook review (not sponsored)
Blurb Photobook review (affiliate link)
Baby DIY photos – just going to show off what I made
New jewelry to show for my Etsy shop

Looking forward to sharing with everyone soon!

So. Funny Story.

Saturday night was my boyfriend’s birthday, so we went out to dinner to celebrate.

I like to wear leggings when I go out, they are comfortable and I bought these cute (inexpensive) body con skirts to wear with them, plus the awesome new boots my boyfriend got me for MY birthday just a few months ago!

NEW BOOTS!  (obsessed with boots)

So I grabbed a newer pair of leggings, some that I haven’t worn yet but they seemed thicker than my usual go-to pair, and seeing how it was in the mid-20s that evening, it sounded like a good idea.  Plus we had plans to hit the bar later, and I didn’t want to wear my winter coat.  You know how you’re in the bar and if you’re by the door its freezing but if you’re in the back you’re all sweaty?  Well my plan was to move to the middle and just stay there, and be super comfortable all night!

So after a few glasses of sangria (yum!) I head to the ladies’ room.  Whilst in there I have to pull up my leggings….So I do, but these are tight so I have to pull them in bunches (you know what I’m saying).  I pulled them to my knees and from there, pull them up higher.

It wasn’t so much something I heard, but rather felt…the draft that is.

Yep, I ripped my leggings.  And no tiny rip, oh no, I had a hole, in my leggings, and I was at a restaurant.

Just to give you an idea on the size

I must be strong!

I mean perhaps I shouldn’t have worn them.  After-all, they were fairly tight, and not as stretchy as I thought they were.  The waist was really high so I was forcing it up a bit higher than it could probably go.

hole in leggings

see how high the waist is? that should have been my first clue that this was a bad idea.

And this is why leggings are not pants.

Leggings as pants?! nooooo

Don’t be silly.  I was wearing a skirt!  It would be funnier if I hadn’t been, for you reading this, not for me wearing it.

Refashion Fridays: Lace Appliques

Is anyone else obsessed with appliques?  They can completely alter a piece of clothing or other piece of fabric with just a few stitches or the heat of an iron!

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A reverse applique Lace Inset that I can’t wait to try! by DIY & Craft Tutorials

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Lace appliques to any shirt take it to a new classy level! by The How-To Gal

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Lacey/Doily Sweatshirt Appliques by A Beautiful Mess

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A clutch with some added lace by Ricochet & Away

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Crochet Applique by Dixie DIY

Didn’t really mean to make this all about lace appliques, but they are pretty, aren’t they?

See these and more refashions on my Pinterest boards.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Refashion Fridays: Skirts

I love the idea of making anything into a skirt!  These tutorials make it look easy!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things! by Come On, Ilene!

 

too long too big?  No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

Too long and too big? No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

 

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

 

 

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie's Secret Blog

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie’s Secret Blog

Thats it for today’s Refashion Fridays!  I hope I helped spread a little refashion for your weekend 🙂

January: Organize with an Etsy Treasury!

In an effort to find cool organizers, I’ve hit up Etsy to make an Organization Treasury!  I want so many of these items.  Instead, I will have to seek inspiration from them!

I’m really making progress.  I’m gone through all my clothes and set aside this HUGE pile to alter for my April: Sewing month.  I’ve donated a bunch of clothes and moved all my summer and warm weather clothes out of my closet so I can see and wear all my cold weather clothes.  Maybe I will donate more after the winter!  I’ve started cleaning off my dresser.  I’ve cleaned up a whole corner of my room that was trashed with alter-able clothes, art supplies, and papers I can’t identify.  I’ve cleaned up kitchen cabinets and have posted things on Craigslist to sell!  I am moving along nicely 🙂  And no worries, I am taking before and after photos to prove that I am doing it!

And because I read it somewhere and it sounded fun, I think I will make a digital scrapbook for the year of each month to document what I’m getting done or experiencing.  This month will show vast improvement!  Now on to the treasury!

January is for Organizing Etsy Treasury

Updated To Do List

Now that my cousin’s wedding is over and I’ve completed my last craft show of the year, I feel like I can finally get started on some other projects that have been piling up for quite some time!  A few of these are on my 35 Before 35 list too.  Here is my updated list for the next month or 2:

  • handmade Christmas gifts – haven’t really picked any yet
  • post more product on Etsy
  • take jewelry sets to local stores to sell
  • make the tie-blankets for the boyfriend’s nephews – the gifts are from us both, but I’m making them (3 of them!)
  • maybe make the boyfriend’s nieces wristlets – any tips or tutorials that are quite easy?
  • take photos of all my DIY’s or Stuff I’ve Made to blog about
  • learn about Art Journaling and take it up, maybe buy some books to help (using my reward points from Crowdtap and other survey sites, email for a signup link!)
  • experiment with polymer clay
  • figure out fabric painting, the correct way to do it, then post a tutorial
  • make baby gifts —-because my sister is pregnant with TWINS!!!!!   (have I mentioned, my sister and I are twins??)
  • sell some stuff on Craigslist and ebay – if you are in need of a brand-new still-in-box stroller and car seat, please email me asap!
  • efficiently clean my art/craft room so it is organized and useable!
  • use my Rit dye on the khaki jacket
  • dip dye some article of clothing
  • make a sweater into a skirt
  • embellish some clothes with beads

I’m more than positive I am missing things on this list!

Anyone have any tips or suggestions for me?  Have you attempted some of these DIY’s with great results?  Share in the comments!