November 04, 2012

Toddler Made - Sharpie Dyed Fabric

Homemade Christmas gifts are the best!  I don't receive very many of them, but when I do, I throughly appreciate them. It's the effort -- NOT THE GIFT -- that counts. 

This year, I wanted Sweetpea to spend some time making gifts for her grandparents. It is a great opportunity for her to get her craft on and I think the grandparents will love having something that she created. Over the next month, I hope to accomplish (and blog about) 5-6 homemade gifts that can be accomplished by a 2 year old.

One of Sweetpea's grandparents is BIG into quilting and absolutely loves fabric. Sweetpea is BIG into coloring. Lucky for me, you can dye fabric using Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol (how cool?!?).

Sharpie Dyed Fabric 

Cotton Fabric
Sharpies (all colors)
Rubbing Alcohol 
Clip Board (or similar)

Step 1: Cut your cotton into squares that are a little larger than your goal square. I only created 10 total squares, but in hindsight, I should have created at least 20.

Step 2: Tape your square to something. I used a clip board, but anything other than the dining room table would suffice.

Step 3: Give your toddler like colors (e.g., all blues, greens, reds) and let them go to town scribbling. The more ink on the fabric, the better the result. Have them scribble on at least 5 of the squares. Sweetpea needed some help with filling in white space.

I bought the big package of Sharpies so that Sweetpea and I could create lots of different color combinations. I'm kind-of a nerd for colored Sharpies....

Using both hands - thank you very
It needed a bit more color.

Step 4: Cut your squares into your desired size.

Step 5: Pair your colored square with several white squares.  The color on the one square will dye anything you put with it.

I added a small piece of green fabric with
lots of green marker, like a color boost!

Step 6: Place the squares (the colored square should be on top, with the white squares on the bottom) into individual bowls (I used paper bowls) and pour in a little rubbing alcohol.

You can't see them, but the white squares
are in there - soaking up the color!

Step 7: Swish the alcohol around in the bowl and let them sit for about 10 minutes. 


 Step 8: Remove them from the alcohol and spread them out on wax paper to dry.

I love that dark blue one - we used blue,
green and purple to get that coloring.

Aren't they pretty?!  I just love how the white squares turned out - uniquely faded. This is why I wished I had done more white squares. They are effortless and they turn out beautifully!!

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