Tie-Dye Fabric Using Turmeric --- Yes! The Kitchen Spice

$0.50
2 Hours
Easy

Tie-dye. Huuum.......I can't believe it, but here it is. I actually made this textile from recycled fabric and turmeric. That's right. Turmeric....the spice that you'd put in your recipes. And honestly, it was one of the quickest and easiest projects ever.
So, here's how it happened. Have you ever wanted a piece of fabric in a certain color or with a certain pattern and just couldn't find it anywhere?
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So let's get right to it.......
Tie-dye Step 1:
Find a piece of fabric that is light in color. It also helps if the fabric is made of all natural fibers, like cotton, but is not 100% necessary. I used old drapery liner that was a cotton and poly blend.
Simply WASH AND RINSE THE FABRIC.
Make sure the soap is rinsed out and do NOT use a fabric softner.
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Then then push the wet fabric into the pot and cover with a water and vinegar mixture.
If you do this and the liquid doesn't cover your fabric, add more of this mixture. Then remove the fabric from the vinegar soak and rinse very well with cold, fresh water.
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Then gather and bind up the wet fabric with rubber bands.
tie dye fabric using turmeric yes the kitchen spice, crafts, go green, how to, reupholster
Simmer in a turmeric bath. How long depends on how dark you want the color to be.
tie dye fabric using turmeric yes the kitchen spice, crafts, go green, how to, reupholster
Remove from the turmeric bath, clip the rubber bands away, and rinse with cold water. I didn't want the wrinkles to be removed so I hung the fabric on a line to air dry.
tie dye fabric using turmeric yes the kitchen spice, crafts, go green, how to, reupholster
When the fabric is dry, time to sew up something fun. I promise. It's just this easy. More explanation and steps are available over on the blog if you'd like to give this a whirl. Of course, if you have any questions, please let me know.
tie dye fabric using turmeric yes the kitchen spice, crafts, go green, how to, reupholster
Thanks so much for stopping by!! It's great to see you. :-)
Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog

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  • Deanne Henderson
    on Jul 17, 2017

    The comment about using cotton is important. I dyed a shower curtain with turmeric and the sun faded it back to white in a short while.
  • Natz
    on Aug 7, 2018

    Loving it - can’t wait to make this wonderful project and thanks.

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