Tie-Dye Baby Blankets

Feb 12 2014
Tie-Dye Baby Blankets
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Have you heard!??
Pastels are out and brights are in.
I know, right? Don't you feel like your baby has been totally out of style? OMG.
No worries, I have a super easy DIY that will give your little tot some serioussssss flare. Yes, tie-dye is back in ..... but we're using bleach. So it's sort of like a 2014 version of tie-dye. I made these super hot blankets today on Home and Family on the Hallmark channel (weekdays 10am/9c). If you missed the episode you can scroll down and see how I made them below!

Ok to start the blankets you need the following:

White blankets
RIT coloring (from any craft store, or grocery store, Rite Aid etc.)
Bleach
Squeeze bottle
Rubber bands
Rubber gloves

Using dye color of your choice, dye a white muslin swaddle blanket per the package instructions. This takes about 30 minutes. You are literally cooking a blanket on your stove top. If you are using cotton add 1/2 cup of salt for a more intense color.

Wring dry so it's not dripping at all. The more it dries the less stain will be on your finger tips.

Here is my orange blanket. See how vibrant it is?

Now start in one corner and twist the blanket. Hold the twists in place with rubber bands every 2" or so. If it twists back on itself just hold that in place with another rubber band. Stretch the fabric out as you twist so it doesn't look like a giant knot. There really is no rhyme or reason to this. It will create a cool pattern from the knots.

Set the knotted blanket over a pot or a sink (somewhere you don't mind getting bleach). Using a squeeze bottle carefully squeeze bleach onto the rubber banded areas. The rubber bands serve as a guide of where to put the bleach so it's not all over the place. Just place drips of the bleach around the rubber bands. You will see the color changing almost immediately. 

This is after the bleach has set for an hour. Don't let it sit for more than 4 hours. Once it's done you can carefully cut off the rubber bands. Rinse your blanket until no more color bleeds before washing and drying. (Check your dye package for additional washing/care instructions)

Tie-Dye Swaddle Blankets

What you need
White blankets
RIT coloring (from any craft store, or grocery store, Rite Aid etc.)
Bleach
Squeeze bottle
Rubber bands
Rubber gloves

Directions
1. Using dye color of your choice, dye a white muslin swaddle blanket per the package instructions. Wring dry so it's not dripping at all.

2. Start in one corner and twist the blanket. Hold the twists in place with rubber bands every 2" or so. If it twists back on itself just hold that in place with another rubber band. Stretch the fabric out as you twist so it doesn't look like a giant knot. There really is no rhyme or reason to this. It will create a cool pattern from the knots.

3. Fill a squeeze bottle with full strength bleach. Do not add water. Working over a large bowl carefully squeeze bleach over the rubber band areas only. Carefully!

4. Let your blanket sit in a clean bowl for up to 4 hours. You will see the bleach start to pull out the color.

5. Using gloves again carefully cut off the rubber bands. Rinse your blanket until no more color bleeds before washing and drying. (Check your dye package for additional washing/care instructions)

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