Autumnal Tie Dye Tablecloth

Today’s post is brought to you by the talented Benetta Strydom for favecrafts.com! This glorious, vintage craft is bursting with stunning, bright colors that will look absolutely awesome spread out on your table. You’ll love this DIY tablecloth that will get you ready for fall in style. It doesn’t get much groovier than this tie dye tablecloth. Personally, I think tie dye is one of the coolest ways to craft, and I wish I did it more often. Fall is my favorite time of year, so this tablecloth design automatically has a special place in my heart.

Here’s what the designer has to say about this project – “Tie and die became popular in the States during the 1960’s, where it was used to add colorful designs to a wide range of garments. Throughout the years, it often disappeared and reappeared on the craft scene. Currently, it is making a huge comeback again, but the focus is no more only on clothing items.”

Tie Dye Tutorial DIY Tablecloth

Materials:

  • 140mm x 200mm unbleached linen
  • One spool of matching thread
  • Tingecor Guarany orange fabric dye powder
  • Acrilex burnt soil fabric paint
  • Meyco stencil of vine leaves
  • A few small sponges ~ use those that were inside medicine bottles
  • Thin string
  • Old sheet to protect the working surface when stenciling
  • 2 cups of salt
  • Pair of rubber gloves
  • Standard scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Dressmaker’s marking pencil

 

How to Tie Dye a Tablecloth

  1. Wash the linen and rinse it thoroughly in cold water to remove any sizing agent from the material. Note: Do not add fabric softener when rinsing the linen.
  2. Allow the linen to dry and iron it thoroughly before continuing with the next step.
  3. Cut off the linen’s selvage, and sew a double fold hem all around the linen. This will prevent the table cloth from fraying.
  4. Iron the hem of the table cloth before preparing the table cloth for tie dying.
  5. Prepare the table cloth for the tie dying:
    1. Lay the table cloth out flat on a surface. Pinch a section of the table cloth between your fingers. Poke it up and tightly tie the string around the bottom of the pinched section. Then tie string all over the pinched section in a random manner and make a secure knot to keep it in place. For this project, it is better to use thin string to create a softer background for the stenciling.Tie Dye TutorialTie Dye Tutorial
    2. Repeat until the whole table cloth has been pinched and tied with string.
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    3. Now you are ready to color the table cloth!
  6. Dissolve the orange dye powder and two cups of salt in a liter of boiling water.
  7. Once the powder and salt have dissolved, add more water to the pot. The pot should have enough water
    to completely cover the table cloth. For a deeper orange, you might need two bottles of dye powder.
  8. Bring the colored water to a boil.
  9. Wet the table cloth in cold water, and then add it to the pot with the boiling dye solution.
  10. Keep boiling the pot on the stove for 30 minutes. Stir the pot regularly to make sure that the table cloth gets dyed on all sides.
    1. Note: Wear rubber gloves when following this step. Take the table cloth out of the pot and rinse it in your sink with cold water to remove any excess dye. Keep rinsing until the water is clean and then gently cut off the strings.
  11. Hang the table cloth in a shady area, or toss it into the tumble dryer.
  12. Iron the table cloth thoroughly before continuing with the next step. It will require a lot of ironing to get rid of all the creases.
  13. Add the stenciled design:
    1. Cover the working surface with an old sheet and then put the table cloth flat on the working surface.
    2. Divide the table cloth in four equal parts. Measure the length of the stencil design and use the dressmaker’s pencil to mark where the stencil should be placed.
    3. Position the stencil on the table cloth. Note: Use a few heavy objects to keep the stencil in place while painting.
    4.  Use the burnt soil fabric paint and a sponge to add the first vine leaves to the table cloth.Tie Dye Tutorial
    5. Carefully lift the stencil and move it to the next position. Weigh the stencil down again before adding another set of vine leaves with the paint and the sponge.
    6. Keep adding vine leaves in the same manner. In total, the design was repeated twelve times, 3 times in each quarter. Use a new sponge if the previous one becomes too dirty.Tie Dye Tutorial
  14.  Allow to dry flat for 24 hours.

Tie Dye Tutorial

Don’t stop there. You’re also going to love 100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques.

What’s your favorite fall activity?

DIY Dip Dyed Tote Bag

Hey there! Holly from Revamperate here, and today I’m going to share a surprisingly easy project you can try this summer – an ombre dip dyed tote bag!

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Summer is the perfect time of year for dying projects because the extra sun gives things a chance to dry so quickly, and it makes it easy to do projects outside. This very simple dip dyed tote bag has an ombre look to it based on how long you leave parts of the bag in the dye. I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time, so I’m really thrilled with how the dipped ombre colors turned out and how well it’s held up over the last couple weeks when I’ve taken it to the store with me.

When it comes to dying, just take your time and start with an easy project (like this one!) and it’s bound to be successful. You can also try my watercolor striped dish towels, which is another easy project with dye that’s more subtle.

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Supplies:

  • White tote bag
  • Fabric-safe dye
  • Large bucket
  • Plastic for work surface
  • Gloves (optional)

First, let’s go over the supplies. I highly recommend using a white tote bag if you can find one because the color will be truer and easier to predict. You can still use a tan/beige bag but your dye might not appear the way you expect it to. I used Rit dye, which is very simple to use and is easy to find at any craft store or online.

It’s important to cover your work surface in plastic before you begin mixing the dye (I use cut up trash bags). I also recommend doing this outside if possible. If you use newspaper, the dye can easily leak through to your tabletop, and since you will be laying the dyed bag on top of the plastic, you want to protect your work surface.

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Steps to Creating a Dip Dyed Tote Bag:

  1. Follow the directions on the package to mix your dye. If using Rit, you will want to mix warm water into the powder dye until dissolved.
  2. If using a smaller bucket, fold the bag in half and make sure to hold the handles out of the way.
  3. Over your work surface, dip the bag into the dye about halfway only for a second. Pull out a couple inches and let the bag rest over the side of the bucket still partially submerged. Leave for about 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, pull the bag out a couple more inches with only the bottom of the bag still submerged. Leave for about 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, carefully hold up the bag. If you can clearly see the difference in color intensity between each section, you’re done. If not, add the bottom of the bag to the dye again.
  6. When you’re satisfied with the color, carefully unfold the bag and lay on clean plastic for several hours or overnight to dry.
  7. Once completely dry, hand wash the dyed portion of the bag in the sink. If you submerge the entire bag in water, you may risk the color transferring to the still white portion of the bag.
  8. Let dry again and it’s ready to use!

This bag is great for carrying groceries, books and anything else you tote around!

15+ DIY Tie Dye Crafts for Spring and Summer

Tie dye has come a long way. Of course there’s still the old reliable (and fun!) rubber band method, but tie dye has advanced way beyond that now.

Tie Dye Patterns

Pictured Above:

  • Tie Dye T-shirt Headband from DIY Candy: There are so many different methods and techniques and each project is unique. It’s a quick, easy, and economical way to add some personality to a new item or to give new life to an old one.
  • Ice Dyed Pillows from Me Sew Crazy: With these tie dye projects, you can make something new to wear, something new for your home, or a great gift to give to a friend. Spring is coming and it’s time to get colorful!

More Tie Dye Craft Project Ideas

  1. This tie dye shoe makeover from A Little Craft in Your Day is a great way to personalize new shoes or refresh old ones
  2. For something a bit different, try this sprinkled tie dye technique from Crafty Chica
  3. You can tie dye customized curtains to match your room décor with this technique from I Love to Create
  4. Bohemian wax tie dyed shorts from Jaderbomb are just the thing to brighten up your summer wardrobe
  5. Have you ever seen Indigo Shibori tie dye before? These 16 projects from Homey Oh My showcase just how beautiful it can be.
  6. This is a unique technique from Morena’s Corner uses a stencils and glue tie dye method to create your design
  7. Get ready for summer with a tie dyed beaded fringe shirt from I Love to Create
  8. Did you know your designs don’t have to be random? Have a look at this heart shape tie dye technique from FaveCrafts
  9. You won’t believe what this technique from Me Sew Crazy uses! It’s an ice tie dye method!
  10. Hold your hair back in style with these tie dye t-shirt headbands from DIY Candy
  11. This technique from The Tiptoe Fairy uses bleach to create a reverse tie dye
  12. This salt resist tie dye technique from FaveCrafts creates a subtle textured design.
  13. Brighten up plain tote bags with this sprayed tie dye technique from Homemade Ginger
  14. Super hero fans will love this Captain America tie dyed shirt from FaveCrafts
  15. This method from Love to Sew utilizes a permanent marker tie dye technique instead of traditional dye

Wow! There are so many tie dye variations to try. It’s a great way to customize items to reflect your personality or to match something you already own.


Need Even More Tie Dye?

  100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques

Looking for more tie dye craft project ideas and tutorials? Check out our massive list of 100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques for any and all tie dye ideas you might be looking for!


 

With so many projects to choose from, what will you tie dye? Let us know in the comments below.

3 Tips for Crocheting an Adorable, Customized Baby Shower Gift!

I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter. I’ve mentioned before that I love crocheting baby projects, and I’ve recently shared two free blanket patterns on FaveCrafts.

Now, I keep a little stash of ready-made crochet baby blankets for last minute gifts, but once in a while, I want to make something very special to welcome the newborn of a dear friend or family member. Here are 3 tips I follow for crocheting customized gifts that will thrill your favorite parents-to-be.

Carefully choose colors

One of the easiest ways to customize a crocheted baby gift is by selecting the color of your yarns to match – or contrast – colors in the nursery. Many parents today use non-traditional colors, so rather than choosing plain white, yellow, pale pink, or baby blue yarns, find yarns that fit with the decor of the nursery.

You can find out about the nursery colors by looking through the online baby registry. Another great place to get a “sneak peak” of the nursery decor is on social media. If one (or both) of the parents are on Facebook or Instagram, you may find pictures of a painted room, or with some sleuthing on Pinterest, you can find a board with nursery ideas. And, of course, you can always ask!

Add letters or names

If the parents have already named the baby, you may want to add a crocheted, embroidered, or “monogram” name to your project.

The Stitchy Gift Tags free crochet pattern includes a tutorial for using the backstitch to add words to your completed crochet projects.

Basic Crochet Square, free crochet pattern by Olivia from Hopeful Honey on FaveCrafts.

Basic Crochet Square, free crochet pattern by Olivia from Hopeful Honey on FaveCrafts.

Another option is to use graph paper to chart out the letters of a baby’s name in blocks for a crochet granny square blanket. Choose a one-color granny square pattern, like the free Basic Crochet Square, and “spell” out the name with squares in a contrasting color yarn.

Make a layette

For a truly special gift, go beyond one project and make a layette set including a blanket as well as a jacket, cap or bonnet, booties, diaper cover, and/or a hooded towel. I love to include a set of baby washcloths in organic cotton yarn, too.

Circle Hexagon, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

The Circle Hexagon makes a great baby washcloth. The free pattern is available here on the Underground Crafter blog.

Choose your favorite patterns to mix and match into a great set. If you keep the color scheme consistent, the layette will look coordinated!

What are your favorite tips for crocheting baby shower gifts?

Beachy Cord Necklace

Around where I live, the scorching summer is now slowly fading and the monsoons are gaining momentum. In my opinion, this is a period when beaches are at their very best. Blue, clean and quite lovely! If you can afford a trip to a beach resort, there is nothing like it, but for others like me, a trip to the local beach can be as equally fulfilling. Talking of beach resorts, the first thing that comes to my mind, apart from long lazy walks on the beach, are the roaring parties that happen at night. How do you dress up for those?

Cute shorts or a sundress topped with beads are the cliche looks, but tanks or spaghetti tops with sarongs are a good bet too, particularly when paired with a little dressy jewelry that has a nautical touch with a hint of bling. Jewelry with cords, some pearls and shells and something metallic. Like this Beachy cord necklace – light weight, colorful and fun! This is an easy homemade necklace tutorial that is sure to have your friends begging you to make them one also. It’s a lightweight chain necklace with pretty accent beads and bright colors.

 Beachy Cord Necklace

by Divya N

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Materials

  1.  5mm sand round braided cord
  2. Silver Gota ribbon(Stitched metallic Indian Lace)
  3. Felt (color of your choice)
  4. 1″ acrylic pearl cabochon
  5. 12mm green glass round bead-1
  6. 14mm acrylic purple barrel bead with rims -1
  7. 14mm Pink and green dutone glass crystal bead -1
  8. Looped pearl chain -1 (36 inches long)
  9. Lobster clasp in brass -2
  10. Brass jumprings -2
  11. Brass eyepin -2
  12. E6000 or rubber adhesive

Tools – Round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters and scissors

Method

1. Coil the braided cord, gluing the starting edge to the second round of the cord.
2. Glue a cabochon on to the spiral to cover both ends of the cord. Let it dry.
3. Once dry, flip over and glue the gota strip around the circumference of the spiral. Remember that the spiral itself is not glued to be gentle.

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4. Measure the circumference of the spiral and cut out a circular piece of felt in the color of your choice.

5. Make the loop of an eyepin bigger so that it can be used with a clasp.

6. Spread glue all over the back of your spiral and place an eyepin with the loop facing the top, wherever you want to hang the pendant from. Glue the felt circle on top, sandwiching the eyepin. Let it dry for a good 15-30 minutes depending on the glue that you have used, until it becomes strong.

7. Cut you looped pearl chain into two. To both ends add lobsters clasps using jump rings. This makes you pendant detachable.

8. Add a green glass bead, followed by a purple barrel followed by a faceted crystal on an eyepin and create a loop that is big enough to be used with a clasp. Loop the other end to the eyepin already glued to the pendant

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Clasp both closures, one to the eyepin with beads and other to the eyepin on the pendant. You necklace is now complete. Since the pendant is detachable, you can simply use the pendant with any other chain that has two claps or you can use the chain with any other pendant that simply has a ring. As a variation try, spiraling chain to create your Spiral pendant instead of using cord.

So how are you going to accessorize your beach look?

Mason Jar Lighting with Angie Holden

My name is Angie and I love jars. Okay, I may be addicted to jars. Okay I might just need a support group. So addicted I even started a blog dedicated to them called Crafts with Jars.  My favorite jar crafts are those that use jars in an unexpected manner. Maybe you think of jars as being for storage or holding candles. But some people think way outside the box and really take jars to an entirely new level.

When you are sprucing up your home this fall, try thinking of jars in a whole new light. Yes light. Lights for your home using jars? Here are some of my favorite ways you can use jars as lighting for your home, you can always find more at my blog!

First up is a Mason Jar Chandelier from Marty’s Musings. What a great way to add some character to any old chandelier in your home.

 

Ball Jar Pendant Light

Ball Jar Pendant Light

Don’t want an entire chandelier of jars? Let The DIY Village show you how to make a mason jar into a pendant light.  Do you all know that the best part of a mason jar is that it is basically the exact size needed for lighting projects like these?  That makes DIY projects like these super simple to do.

 

 

 

 

 

Mason Jar Light Fixtures

Mason Jar Light Fixtures

 

Some of my personal favorite jar lights just use the existing fixtures and add jars to those. You would be surprised how many light fixtures can use jars instead of globes. The Stories of A to Z added jars with numbers to her light fixtures.  The addition of the numbers gives the jars a modern graphic feel.Would you use numbers?  Maybe letters?

 

 

Numbered Light Fixtures

Numbered Light  Fixtures

 

Some of my personal favorite jar lights just use the existing fixtures and add jars to those. You would be surprised how many light fixtures can use jars instead of globes. The Stories of A to Z added jars with numbers to her light fixtures.  The addition of the numbers gives the jars a modern graphic feel.Would you use numbers?  Maybe letters?

 

Mason Jar Pendant Lights

 Blue Mason Jar Pendant Lights

 

You can also add blue mason jars to an existing pendant light like Tirzah Photography.  I must say that my favorite jar lighting projects use the blue mason jars rather then the clear.  I love that classic blue vintage tint that these Blue Mason jar Pendant Lights have.  Plus Ball is making these blue jars again as a heritage collection so you don’t even have to scour your thrift store to find them anymore.

 

Many thanks to FaveCrafts and AllFreeHolidayCrafts for allowing me to guest post. Does this post just get you hungry for even more mason jar craft ideas? Please come on over and subscribe to Crafts with Jars for jar craft inspiration!
Angie

Geek Crafts Roundup: Cozy Yarn Crafts

 

I’m Haley Pierson-Cox from The Zen of Making, and this is your bi-weekly dose of geeky goodness.

If you’re going to venture out into the cold this winter, why not do it in style? Here are six cozy fiber projects that are sure to warm any geek’s heart—and, you know, various other parts of the body!

1. Bigger on The Inside Doctor Who Scarf from Knitty

2. Harry Potter Scarf! from Live. Love. Laugh.

3. Skull Stockings from Vintage Stitch-O-Rama Free Pattern Emporium

4. Dr. Montville’s Double Helix Seaman Scarf from TwoSheep.com

5. Das Monster Leggings from Hrönn Jónsdóttir on Ravelry

6. R2-D2 Hat from SO MUCH YARN, SO LITTLE TIME!

Want more? Grab your crochet hook and check out my list of 8 Awesomely Geek-tastic Crochet Projects right here on FaveCrafts!

Geek Crafts Roundup: Laptop Cases

I’m Haley Pierson-Cox from The Zen of Making, and this is your bi-weekly dose of geeky goodness.

Since the dawn of portable computer time, laptops and nerds have always gone blissfully hand in hand. Why not show your faithful electronic pal some love with a fancy new laptop case?

1. Make Your Own Laptop Case! [DIY With CC] from College Candy

2. Carry on computing from The Guardian

3. Going to Grandma’s Laptop Case from CRAFT

4. Back to School ~ Laptop Bag from Sew, Mama, Sew!

5. Laptop Sleeve Tutorial by Yoonie from Yoonie-at-Home

6. Laptop Sleeve from Sew, Mama, Sew!

Want more? Take your geeky accessories to the next level with my Ruler Craft Roundup right here on FaveCrafts!

Geek Crafts: Test Tube Craft Roundup

I’m Haley Pierson-Cox from The Zen of Making, and this is your weekly dose of geeky goodness.

It might sound a bit strange to the uninitiated, but there’s something about lab glass that always sparks my creativity and gets my crafty brain cranking. Do test tubes and beakers have you seeing projects and tutorials too? Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

1. DIY: Test Tube Spice Rack from Jenny Linquist

2. diy | hanging test tube flowers from A Daily Something

3. Easy Halloween Crafts—Homemade Slime from The Idea Room

4. How to Make a Book Vase from Fresh Home Ideas

5. Give the Gift of Green With a Terrarium Necklace (DIY Tutorial) from ecouterre

6. Test Tube Spice Rack from Dream Book Design

Looking for more projects from the lab? Head on over to my Robot Craft Roundup right here on FaveCrafts!

Geek Crafts: Geode and Rock Craft Roundup

 

I’m Haley Pierson-Cox from The Zen of Making, and this is your weekly dose of geeky goodness.

When I was visiting a friend in Chicago a couple of months ago, we stopped by a toy store to pick up a few of those geodes that you break open with a hammer. (I’d been dying to try it since I was a little kid!) We only found a few sparkly spots inside our volcanic stones, but that was more than enough to start a full-on rock-related project obsession! Here’s a roundup of my favorite ideas:

 

1. DIY: Geode Ring from UNIQUE

2. DIY Turquoise Inspired Jewelry from Delighted Momma

3. DIY: Geode Bottle Stoppers from Cupcakes and Cashmere

4. Kryptonite Candy from BrittLiv on Instructables

5. Tutorial: Rain Chain from Wire-Wrapped Rock from Dollar Store Crafts

6. How to Make a Felted Stone from Lil Fish Studios

Need a double shot of science-tastic crafting? Head on over to my Steampunk Craft Roundup right here on FaveCrafts!