Sunflower Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this bright Sunflower Wall Hanging as a cheery addition to your summer décor. Not only is the center panel colored with crayons, but it’s also tea dyed. Just follow the steps in our “How to Tea Dye Fabric” tutorial to learn this simple technique.

Materials

  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: muslin, 1⁄4 yd.; blue print, 1⁄8 yd.; flower, 1⁄4 yd.; fabric of choice for backing, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Low-loft batting, 12”x16”
  • White quilting thread
  • White flat-backed buttons, 3⁄8” diameter, six
  • Raffia
  • Twig, 14-1⁄4” long

Tools

  • Quilting needle
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Black fine-line permanent marker
  • Tea dye items (optional): tea bags, saucepan, water, wooden spoon, old towel

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, plain paper, glue gun, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, iron and ironing board, freezer paper

Directions

Size

11-1⁄2”x15-1⁄2” (not including hanging tabs)

Wall Hanging

1. If you want the muslin to have a vintage look, see “How To Tea Dye Fabric,” tutorial located at the end of this craft. Mark 6”x10-1⁄2” rectangle on muslin with pencil. Do not cut out.

2. Iron freezer paper to wrong side of muslin. Freezer paper should remain on wrong side of muslin. (Note: If freezer paper does not stick to fabric, pin muslin to freezer paper just outside of rectangle.)

3. Print pattern and cut along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using pattern and marker, trace pattern onto fabric panel. The letter “I” should be about 1” from top 10-1⁄2” pencil line and 5⁄8” from side pencil line. (Note: To easily trace pattern, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace pattern.)

4. Color design with crayons as desired. The designer used the following colors: Yellow, center of sun; Golden Rod, outline of sun’s rays; Laser Lemon, sun’s rays; Granny Smith, two sections of beach ball; Orange, two sections of beach ball; Wisteria, two sections of beach ball; Blue, sand pail; Periwinkle, inside sand pail; Brown, shading around entire center panel. (Note: Color intensity depends on pressure used while coloring.) When finished, peel off freezer paper and discard.

5. Place plain paper on ironing board. Place design, right side down, onto paper. Press carefully to set colors. Cut out center panel on pencil lines.

6. (Note: Sew 1/4″ seams with right sides facing. Press seams away from center panel.) Cut a 1-1⁄2”x45” strip from blue print fabric. Sew strip to top of panel; trim even. In same way as top, sew and trim strip at bottom, then sides of panel. Side strips will cross over top and bottom strips.

7. For flowered border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x45” strips from flower print fabric. Sew one strip to top and one strip to bottom of panel; trim each strip even. In same way, sew strips to sides of center panel; trim even. Again, side strips will cross over top and bottom strips. Press all seams.

8. For hanging loops, cut three 2”x6” rectangles from remaining blue print fabric. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew long raw edge together. Turn right side out. Press each hanging loop, with seam center in back. Fold each loop in half with raw edges even. Pin one loop to center back of top. Pin remaining loops 2” from each side of wall hanging.

9. For backing, cut 12”x16-1⁄2” rectangle from fabric of choice. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Leaving 5” opening at bottom edge, sew around edges, catching hanging loops as you sew. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

10. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Using white quilting thread, hand-stitch around center panel, 1⁄4” from blue fabric border. Stitch around both edges of flower fabric border, 1⁄4” from each edge.

11. Use photo as finishing guide. Adhere buttons to corners and centers of long sides of blue fabric border. Slide twig through each fabric loop; adhere in place. Tie two-loop bow around each hanging loop with raffia; trim ends as desired.

Things To Know About Tea Dyeing

1. The size and number of projects will determine the amount of tea needed. For the Sunflower Wall Hanging, two cups of tea should be plenty. For larger projects, a gallon or more of tea may be needed.

2. Brewed coffee can be used instead of tea for deeper color.

3. Fabric that is 100% cotton generally works best for tea dyeing. It’s always a good idea to test a fabric scrap for color results.

How To Tea Dye Fabric Tutorial

1. Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove pan from stove: add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea bags used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags from pan and stir.

2. Place fabric into tea. Stir fabric occasionally, using wooden spoon. Check every 5 minutes until desired color is achieved. (Note: Fabric appears darker when wet. If fabric appears too dark, rinse in clear water to remove some color.) Remove fabric from tea and squeeze out excess liquid.

3. Fabric may be line-dried or placed in the dryer. If using the dryer, place old towel in with the fabric to absorb the tea. Be sure to wipe out the dryer before drying other items.

4. For some tea dyeing projects, you may wish to leave the fabric wrinkled for a vintage look. Otherwise, press the muslin when dry.

by Shirley Hudson

Trendy Scarf Belt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With just cold water, Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye, and a little bit of imagination, you can change a plain white scarf into a stylish scarf belt. It’s so quick and simple, you’ll be inspired to create other designs!

Materials

  • White silk scarf
  • Duncan Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye: Turquoise

Tools

  • Plastic wrap
  • Disposable cup
  • Lingerie bag

Basic Supplies

paper towels, plastic gloves, cotton-tip swab, washer and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth and wet scarf. Wring dry with paper towels, leaving slightly damp. Wearing gloves, fill dye bottle with water and replace cap. Shake to mix thoroughly. Squeeze 1”-wide stripes, leaving 6” space between stripes onto scarf. Dye will slightly wick out. Pour small dye amount in cup. Dip cotton-tip swab in dye; dot between stripes. Cover scarf with plastic wrap and let sit four to six hours.

STEP 2

Fill washer with small load of water and laundry soap. Place scarf in lingerie bag. Wash and dry.

by Frances Lopez for Duncan Enterprises

Hand-Dyed Box Full of Ribbons and Rit Liquid Dye Giveaway

Next week marks the official start of Spring, almost everyone’s favorite time of year. Celebrate sunny days, beautiful blooms and birds by making a hand-dyed box filled with hand-dyed and stamped fabric ribbons. Follow along as I show you how easy it is and then leave me a comment telling me what crafts you plan to do this Spring to enter our giveaway sponsored by Rit Dye and Walnut Hollow. The prize package includes everything you need to complete your own box of hand-dyed ribbons, including a Walnut Hollow Basswood Box, eight bottles of Rit Dye, eight yards of torn fabric muslin, and a package of E-Z Transfer Rub-ons from Royal and Langnickel.

I loved creating this project because it demonstrates the versatility of Rit Liquid Dyes. They can be used for a wide variety of surfaces. I tore 1-1/2” strips of pre-washed and dried cotton muslin from a two-yard piece of fabric. It is important to launder your fabric materials before dyeing to remove any finishes. This will improve the dyeing process by allowing your material to dye more easily.

I chose recipes based on Rit Dye’s color forecast for Spring and I have to say I loved the colors. Color is back in a big way and the intensity of these colors are proof. The names of the colors and formulas are as follows. For each recipe, used one cup of very hot (at least 140 degrees) water in a medium-sized mixing container. I used a plastic shoebox. The wooden shapes and torn fabric “ribbons” were dyed using the “low-water” immersion process which generally means that you are using more dye and less water in a shallow dye bath. Refer to the link provided for more specific directions on this process including materials you will need such as measuring utensils, mixing spoons, etc.

Emerald

  • 1 Tbsp. Aquamarine
  • 2 tsp. Kelly Green

 Linen 

  • 1/4 tsp. Tan
  • 1/8 tsp. Golden Yellow
  • 1/8 tsp. Petal Pink

 African Violet

  •  1/8 tsp Purple

 Nectarine

  • 1/4 tsp. Sunshine Orange
  • 1/4 tsp. Tangerine

Here is my first prepared dye bath of Emerald. I like working close to a sink and stove so that it is easy to clean up and get the proper water temp. Also make sure you wear rubber gloves. I always recommend working on a covered surface. In this case, I got in a hurry and ruined my Mom’s wooden cutting board, so I guess I owe her a new one of those. Dye spills can usually be completely removed from slick surfaces if you wipe them up quickly, but for porous surfaces like wood, you’d better remember to cover.

Place your torn fabric strips into the dye bath and make sure all of it is covered before removing the ribbons with long tongs. Rinse them under cool tap water to remove the excess dye.

Gently squeeze the water from the hand-dyed ribbons and place between the folds of an old towel to remove the excess water. I dyed several strips using the dye recipes above and placed them outside to dry. For the wooden shapes, place them inside the dye bath and make sure they are completely submerged on both sides so that you achieve the desired color intensity. They may need to soak just a bit longer than the fabric. Remove them from the dye and place them on a layer of paper towels to dry.

Once I hand dyed my fabric strips Nectarine, I used the remaining dye and a paint brush to stain the box. This is my favorite part because it is such a quick and easy process. The basswood accepts the dye beautifully and you can add additional coats of dye to achieve a deeper color.

To speed along the drying process, I placed everything outside to dry as it was a dry, breezy, sunny almost perfect day here in Southern Georgia. When everything is dry, the really fun part begins.

I chose rub-on sentiments and a floral motif stamp to decorate the top of the box. I used a solvent ink so that it would quickly dry.

A little birdie shape and wing dyed African Violet and Nectarine respectively added some needed color contrast to the box top.

When your hand-dyed strips of ribbon are thoroughly dry, use an iron with a heat setting to remove the wrinkles. Choose some fun spring sentiments and motifs and stamp the ribbons with the solvent ink. Use the iron on a medium setting to heat-set the ink.

I wrapped my ribbons around wooden spools and nested them inside the box. This would make a terrific gift for an artsy friend. A teacher would appreciate something like this as well. Imagine giving something like this to a new neighbor. These ribbons can be used for scrapbooking, cardmaking, wrapping gifts, or just about anything else you can think of.

Now, aren’t you eager to create your own little box of hand dyed ribbons? Don’t forget to leave your comments here by April 4 at 11:59 PM EST and we will randomly select one lucky winner to receive our prize package. The winner will be announced April 5 right here on the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Happy Spring and don’t forget to…

Live Life Creatively,

 Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Dyed Hemp Wrapped Bottles

Recycled crafting remains one of my favorite types of crafts to participate in. Ever since I was bitten by the bug a few years ago, I look at everything I might be throwing away with possibility. Glass items are one of my favorite things to salvage since there are so many ways they can be upcycled into something unique.

When I recently received an assortment of hemp products from Hemptique, I fell in love with the rustic nature of the assorted hemps and twine in different sizes and types. I love the look of hemp wrapped bottles turned into vases, so I pulled out my Rit Liquid Dyes and chose some of my favorite colors to dye the hemp with.

I prepared a dye bath using the low water immersion technique and dyed the hemp using Purple, Tangerine, Aquamarine, and Fuchsia.

Once the excess water was removed from the hemp using an old absorbent towel, I allowed the hemp to dry thoroughly and set about wrapping around some recycled bottles that had been thoroughly washed and dried.

To make your own dyed hemp wrapped bottles, tuck the frayed end under the first two or three wraps so that it will eventually be hidden.

Continue wrapping, using a little tacky glue here and there.

I chose to wrap three quarters of this bottle with Purple-colored hemp and the remaining third Tangerine. Also note how different sizes of hemp were used to add interest to the surface.

Additionally, consider dyeing some strips of cotton muslin to make some beautiful coordinating embellishments for your bottle.

Tear 2” strips of muslin and knife pleat the center using a sewing machine and contrasting thread. This strips can be used to wrap into a coil to create a beautiful floral embellishment.

As an added touch, I used metal numbers to add a personalized flair to the recycled dyed hemp bottles. The numbers can be anything of significance, birthdays, street address numbers, lucky numbers, etc.

The next time you get ready to toss that bottle, consider grabbing your Rit dyes and some hemp and create your own magnificent dyed hemp vases.

Live Life Creatively,

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)