Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
2-3 yds White 100% Cotton Fabric (or bed sheet)
Rit Liquid Dye – 1 bottle of each: Petal Pink and Purple
1 ½ yds. Pink/Purple Ribbon - 1” wide
Spoon Glass mixing bowls
Plastic table cover
T-Shirt & Tights
Step By Step
Prewash fabric to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
Cut fabric into 2 to 4 large pieces, making sure length is 2 times the desired length of the fairy dress.
Bunch each fabric piece into a ball and wrap with several rubber bands.
Before dyeing, shake liquid dye bottles. Wearing disposable rubber gloves, measure 1 teaspoon Petal Pink dye into large glass bowl; add 2 cups very hot water; stir well. Then measure 1 teaspoon Purple dye into another large glass bowl; add 2 cups very hot water; stir well. Note: If water is not hot enough, heat water in the microwave or in a tea kettle.
Immerse 2 wrapped fabric balls in each dye solution. To create a more crisp, crinkled color, immerse “dry” fabric ball in dye solution. For a blended crinkled look, lightly wet fabric ball in water and then immerse in dye solution. Let sit in dye for 1 minute. Remove and squeeze out excess dye.
Wrap each fabric ball with plastic wrap. Place in microwave for 2 minutes. Let cool at least 2 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and rubber bands. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear. Squeeze out excess water. Hang dry.
Then redye by bunching each fabric piece into a ball and wrapping with several rubber bands.
Repeat entire dyeing process as described above, but alternate colors. Fabric balls previously dyed in Petal Pink should be dyed in the Purple dye solution and vice versa.
Wrap each fabric ball with plastic wrap. Place in microwave for 2 minutes. Let cool at least 2 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and rubber bands. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear. Machine wash and hang dry.
Measure your child’s waist with a piece of ribbon, add 8” to the total measurement. Tie a knot, leaving 4” at each end. The remaining ribbon will be the tie for the dress.
Tie each fabric strip to the ribbon by folding strip in half and looping strip through the hole, around the ribbon. You can adjust the length of fabric by changing where you create the loop on each strip.
Finish off the dress by adding ribbons and other embellishments as desired. To make neck straps for the dress: Cut 2 ribbons and tie them to the dress.