By Rit Dye Team
October 12, 2017
Swaddle up your sweet newborn in this adorable shibori dyed baby blanket. Customize the blanket to match the colors of your nursery. A perfect gift for an expecting mother.
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
2 wood blocks cut into 4 inch squares
4 gallon pot
large metal spoon
plastic table cover
Step By Step
Pre-wash baby blanket with detergent, rinse and leave wet.
To create a traditional itajime pattern, accordion fold or fan fold the baby blanket in 4 ½ inch wide folds down the length of the blanket. This will form a long, rectangle. For more pattern variations, vary the size and width of the folds.
Sandwich the fabric square between the blocks of wood.
Secure sandwich with rubber bands to tightly hold the fabric square together.
Set aside sandwich to prepare the dyebath.
To prepare dyebath: Fill large dye container with 3 gallons very hot water tap water (140F). If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a cook pot or teapot. Shake dye bottles before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ cup Petal Pink dye and approximately 4 tablespoons Sunshine Orange dye to hot water. Stir well.
For cotton fabrics, add 1 cup of salt to dyebath. This helps to intensify the color. Then add a squirt of liquid dish detergent. Stir well.
Immerse blanket sandwich bundle into the dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the bundle in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the bound-up part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the square set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
When desired color is achieved, remove the baby blanket bundle from the dyebath. Squeeze out excess dye. Do not remove wood blocks.
Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following package instructions. Let sandwichset in fixative for 20 minutes.
Rinse blanket in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.