food

Tie Dye

Ever wish you could wear your favorite foods? In this episode Laura learns which veggies and spices make the best dyes and then the sky's the limit.

food

Tie Dye

Ever wish you could wear your favorite foods? In this episode Laura learns which veggies and spices make the best dyes and then the sky's the limit.

Ingredients

  • Red cabbage
  • Red onion
  • Turmeric
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Large stockpot
  • Rubber bands
  • White t-shirts, bandanas or other fabric you want to make more fun
  • Clothesline
  • Clothespins
  • Tongs
  • Strainer
  • Large containers for dyes

Steps

  1. Fold clothing and place rubber bands around cloth to create fun designs (you really can't go wrong here)
  2. In a large stock pot, fill at least halfway with water, add 2 tablespoons of salt and 1/2 cup of vinegar and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower to a simmer and immerse all of the clothing you wish to dye. Simmer for 1 hour.
  4. In another stockpot bring 10-12 cups of water to a boil and add 6-8 tablespoons of turmeric. Stir and set aside.
  5. Chop cabbage and boil in 10-12 cups of water for 30 minutes
  6. Peel onions and add the dry skin only to 10-12 cups of water, boil for 30 minutes.
  7. Strain each dye into a separate container. Discard vegetables.
  8. Immerse clothing completely into the containers and leave for at least 1 hour.
  9. Remove clothing from containers after you're satisfied with the colors. Rinse in cold water. Cut off rubber bands with scissors and hang to dry on clothesline.