He had long hair, a guitar, and an insanely laid-back attitude. I marvelled at how nothing seemed to bother him. Homework late? That’s okay… it’ll get in by the end of the day.
Guys ribbing him for something – a girl, a look, the comment he made? “Whatever, guys….”
Unflappable… Jake just sauntered through life seemingly calm all. of. the. time.
Now that summer is here, I feel the same way as Jake. It’s all good. The sun is out. Responsibilities are shed. Life is great.
So let’s dye stuff.
The girls and I were sent a Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit and some t-shirts; we were challenged to participate in the Tie Dye Your Summer campaign. What is fabulous about the kits is that they come with everything you need to get your dye on! Each bottle comes with powdered dye that activates the minute water is added. The kit also comes with rubber bands and plastic gloves. The dyes are permanent and colour-fast, so they won’t fade or bleed in the wash (important to note, as things outside often need a wash or two in their lives).
All you need is something to dye!
I knew I was going to make pillows, but I still wanted to use the t-shirts. I love the feel of t-shirt material – that’s why t-shirt sheets were invented, no?
The girls and I got to work creating our tie-dye patterns.
To make a spiral pattern, find the centre of your t-shirt and twist.
Continue twisting until you’ve created a little “nest” of t-shirt.
We donned our gloves and play clothes and got to work!
This dye kit is not like the traditional tie dye you might have done at camp. Instead of dunking into big bins of dye, you squeeze bottles of dye onto your fabric.
Which means that little artists can create their own designs as well.
Or these bottles can lend themselves to sudden inspiration. I walked past a blank t-shirt and thought, “I’m going to write something on this!”
So I did.
Word to the wise, though. If you’re going to write something on your shirt, put some cardboard inside the shirt. The dye will bleed through.
The shirts were wrapped in plastic and sit for 6-8 hours. Then the shirts were rinsed out well in the tub and laundered with a small amount of detergent.
Once the shirts went through the dryer… they were ready. I was going to make pillows!
First, I chose the section of t-shirt that I wanted to turn into the pillow.
Then I measured. T-shirt material is VERY stretchy. I cut pieces that were the exact same size as the pillow form. The pillow covers easily slipped over the forms without any trouble, so don’t feel that you have to give yourself a big seam allowance.
Turn your pillow cover fabric wrong-side facing out, and pin around the edges. Be sure to leave a gap on one side large enough to slip in the pillow form.
I’m not delusional enough to think that I am a master seamstress, so I won’t show pictures of how I sewed this together with my machine. It involved a lot of concentration and “Oh… for the love of…” moments.
I’m that good.
But the pillows came together quickly! And before long, I had stuffed the forms into the covers and was sewing them up.
On the left, you can see what the spiral pattern looks like, and on the right, the line-style tie dye treatment.
Immediately, the girls gravitated to the pillows. While I have plans to leave them outside during the summer – to let the relaxed “devil-may-care” attitude hang out on the patio – I know come Fall, they’ll be smuggled into the house to be plopped onto the girls’ beds.
But until then, its adirondack chair time!
Get your kidlets outside and create something fabulous and colourful. Dye something. It’s surprisingly easy!
See what I Love to Create is up to this summer!