My family loves to tie dye!

My tie dye family

Well, that’s what I found out when I discovered this pic in my inbox on Monday. My mom went to Wal-mart and bought the Tulip® Tie Dye Bright Colors and Camo Colors tie dye kits. She’s super supportive of me and even buys the products that are made at my work. Cool, huh?

I asked Mom how it went and she said the kids had fun making the shirts. Taylor tied rubber bands into little sections all over her shirt (she likes to make her own unique mark on any craft project she does) and Taylor even did the little onesie that Ava is wearing. Cute, huh?

Grant (top left) didn’t actually make his shirt. The kids made one for him, but after seeing their awesome results, Grant said he wants to make a shirt the next time he comes for a visit.

This really is a great outdoor craft and is great for all ages. There’s no boiling water involved…you just fill the bottle with water and go for it! The kit comes with everything you need to do several shirts! There’s some great techniques to try in this video.

Anyway, just wanted to share. I thought they all look super cute!

Until next time Swellions!


Tie Dye Rosettes

tie dye rosettes

Sometime last month, I saw an image of a varigated rainbow rose that I just thought was stunning. I thought I could achieve it myself, so I did! And the cool think is that I got a rainbow of colors using just 3 dyes! I was super pleased with the end results!

Here’s how you can make your own…

Tie Dye Rosettes

– cotton fabric (I used a cut up t-shirt for my material)
Tulip One Step Ultimate Tie Dye Kit
– needle and thread
– scissors

1. Cut out a pre-washed 14×14 square of material (or larger if you want your roses to be bigger than mine shown).
2. Prepare dye. To achieve coloration similar to mine, squirt lengthwise strips of color in following order: Fuchsia, Turquoise, Lime, Fuchsia, Turquoise. Let colors blend together. Let dry and launder material. Note: I didn’t get a photo of me doing this, but look in the step by step photo below to get an idea of how I did it.
3. Cut into approx. 1.5″ strips. I eyeballed this, but you may want to be more exact.
Cut strips
4. Thread your needle and do a running stitch along bottom of material.
Sew along bottom
5. Pull thread to gather.

6. Pinch at one end and roll to create beginning of bud. Stitch along base of gather, pulling thread as tension is needed. Shape as you go. Knot and trim thread.
Sew along bottom of gathering

Create an entire craft project around these roses! For example:
– pins for hats or jackets
– headband accents
– custom fabric corsages
– pillow embellishments
– pretty adornments for purses or shoes

Hope you liked this swell project!

Until next time Swellions!