You can give old linens a new lease of life with natural dyeing and fabric printing,
Becki Clark has reused her old linen to create this beautiful fabric gift wrap using only avocado, a carrot and some fabric paint. Then to wrap her presents she has used the Japanese technique of furoshiki which you can learn how to do below.
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Cotton Calico Fabric Pack 152cm x 2m
General Purpose Scissors 21.5cm
Tulip Fabric Paint Metallics Starter Set
Tulip Fabric Paint Puffy Green 37ml
Tulip Fabric Paint Slick Slick Navy Blue 37ml
Tulip Fabric Paint Sparkles Cotton Candy 37ml
You will also need:
- Natural fabric, Like Linen if you want to naturally dye it
- Avocado stones and skins
- A Carrot
It's really easy to create natural dyes from avocado skins and pits, make sure they are clean and that you've removed all of the flesh before getting started
Pop your avocado skins and pits into a saucepan with 2 litres of water.
Heat the water and simmer for an hour to create your dye. Then pop your dye into a bowl
Add your fabric to the dye and leave until you have reached your desired colour.
It's really fun to experiment with different times and depths of colours but if you want a blush colour you won't have to leave the material too long before you see it changing.
Once you have reached your desired colour. Take the fabric out and leave to dry.
Now if you want to print a fun polka dot pattern onto the fabric grab a carrot and some fabric paint.
Using a knife cut the end off the carrot so you have a nice flat edge to print with. Dip it into your paint so it is covered.
Begin printing across the fabric creating a polka dot pattern. Once you're happy with your design leave to dry and then you're ready to get wrapping.
How to wrap your presents.
Firstly place your item in the middle of the fabric
Take alternative diagonal corners and tie in the middle before taking the other two corners and tying in a knot.
If you're not able to tie a knot it probably means your fabric is a bit too small. You should be able to tie a knot easily on the top of the gift.
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