06.30.14

MAKE IT / 57

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i’m into indigo anytime of the year but it’s especially appropriate given that the 4th of july is this weekend! i came home one day and my new roommate, skye, was wearing the coolest indigo shirt that she made. so i had her come down to the studio so she could show us all how it’s done!

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 what we used: 


• 8 gallon bucket or tub
• long spoon or stick for stirring
• drop cloth
• an armful of white or cream 100% cotton stuff to dye (we did sheets, socks, shirts and a bag!)

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how to dye:

• first you’ll need to make your dye bath. this is as simple as pouring all of the pre-filled packets from the kit in water. stir it all together VERY slowly as to not let too much oxygen in. it will appear neon green and may have foam on top- that’s okay!

• cover the bucket or tub and let it sit for 30 min to an hour. in order to achieve that dark, magical ocean-like tint, let the dye bath sit for as long as you can. the longer it sits, the darker the indigo!

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• while it’s sitting, you can start tying string or rubber bands (all included in the kit) around your clothes in different cool ways! my personal favorite technique is creating mini ponytails all over your fabric to achieve full moons or polka dots! basically wherever your rubber band is, that’s where white will remain. rinse them all in cold water.

• next, immerse the separate pieces in your bucket or tub, make sure and squeeze out the excess dye VERY slowly into your bath. Once you have everything in, you should dunk them all under to make sure everything is equally covered in dye.

• leave the clothes in the dye and cover the tub  for about an hour. when you can’t wait any longer and you’re DYEING to see your indigo creations, take them all out one by one and rinse them in cold water again. At this point you can cut all of the string or rubber bands off and spread your pieces out on your drop cloth. at first the fabric will look green, don’t worry! as the oxygen hits it, the green will turn into blue. indigo magic! make sure and wash and dry your pieces all together (the indigo won’t fade) before you wear them!

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p.s. the leftover dye bath can last up to two weeks if covered and can be used again and again!

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photos by  for designlovefest

18 COMMENTS

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    Colleen says:

    Love the puns in this lol. That bustier turned out so cute! I would literally buy that.

    Briana says:

    Amazing! Any tips on what to do with the dye-concoction once you’re finished? A proper way to dispose of it?

    3girls1apple says:

    This is sooooo neat. I love it!!!

    maggie says:

    I LOVE THIS. Doing it immediately.

    Stacia says:

    Love the puns! I love experimenting with dye, but I’m always stopped by thoughts of potential mess. I really shouldn’t let it stop me.

    Melissa says:

    I did this in my bathroom and made the mistake of rinsing everything in my bathtub – leaving a blue ring around my white tub!! If anyone else encounters this problem, I found that the magic eraser worked WONDERS 🙂

    Lindsey says:

    This is so fun looking!

    Louise says:

    Wow they turned out so well! I love the socks! Definitely need to give this a go x

    Amelia says:

    love these! ok it’s driving me nuts because I can only find one pun and everyone keeps saying, love the punS.

    I’m so going to be doing. Thanks xx

    Sosyal Medya says:

    This is so neat. I love it! 🙂

    Taylor says:

    So pretty!!!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    Dana says:

    I’m thinking about doing this for a duvet cover, but now I think I’m just gonna throw some white clothes in too and see what happens! The cropped bra top made me laugh with the circles around the nipply area.

    Taylor says:

    Ive never done indigo dying, but it always seems to come out looking super cool! 🙂
    xx
    ~Taylor
    Take a look at my Artist Spotlight interview with Porter Magazine’s Editor-at-Large, Louis Vuitton consultant, Kim Hersov!

    Audrey R says:

    Any details on the sources of your cotton items?

    Jane Yang says:

    That’s such a cool idea! This is a random question but where did you get your rings? They are gorgeous!

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