Dyeing fabric is super easy and fun to do so we thought it was worth
revisiting the first time Carrie tried dyeing fabric:
I did it! It's something I've been wanting to try for quite some time - ever since the Color Recipes for Painted Furniture book by Annie Sloan came into the store - dyeing fabric with Chalk Paint™.
I wasn't sure what was going to happen or how it would turn out, so I was a little nervous. I should have known better - it's Annie Sloan, of course it's going to turn out! I started with my Nana's vintage lace table cloth and chose to follow Annie's lead with Aubusson Blue paint.
Here's what I used as per Annie:
- Aubusson Blue paint (or any Chalk Paint™ colour)
- White linen sheet (a natural fabric such as linen or cotton works best)
- Large, old metal tub (I used a Rubbermaid tub)
- A wooden stick for stirring
- Rubber gloves (optional)
The recipe is simple:
- Ratio is 1 part paint to 20 parts water, but you can adjust depending on how dark you'd like the colour to be
- Pour the paint into the tub
- Slowly mix in the water and stir with the wooden spoon
- Place the fabric in the tub and let soak for about 30 minutes
- Once colour intensity has been achieved, pull the fabric out and hang to dry
It was really so easy! Here's how my project turned out:
I was thinking about how we often put away these special items we inherit and don't use them too often for fear of ruining them. Well, I've decided that's just silly – they should be enjoyed. So, I took a customer up on her offer to make a beautiful jacket out of this special piece of fabric. We've made the table cloth into a very sweet jacket and made several more so you're welcome to stop in and see it.