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Monday, November 14, 2011

Repost Plus: Tie Dyeing Prefolds PLUS a little something extra!

We talked yesterday about the reasons everyone should cloth diaper and I mentioned that there were ways to have a fun stash for just a little bit of money. The best way to spend the smallest amount of money on cloth diapering is to buy either flats or prefolds and a few covers.

For this photo demonstration, I’ll be using prefolds and Dylon dye (photos and dye gifted to me by my friend Ellen, from the blog, My Cute Cuddly Monsters. Thanks Ellen!)

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

-rubber gloves to protect your hands from the dye
-yarn, string, or rubber bands for tying around the prefolds
-a stack of prefolds to dye
-scissors to cut the string (etc) off in the end
-Dylon dye or any other dye you choose to use
-plenty of salt
-hot water
-a bucket or sink to use to soak the prefolds in the dye (keep in mind that the dye could dye whatever you soak in!!)

Now that you know what you’ll need, let’s get started. First, you need to take your string, rubber bands, or yarn and tie several pieces tightly around your prefolds. You can try all sorts of folds and shapes. Every one of them will give you a different look in the end.

Next, prepare your dye by mixing the dye with salt and boiling water. We added one packet of dye, followed by 4 tbsp of salt and 4 cups of water.

When the dye is mixed, pour it in the sink or bucket, add your prefolds, and add enough hot water to completely cover the prefolds. Let them soak there for at least 45 minutes.

At the end of 45 minutes, remove the prefolds from the dye water and rinse until the water either runs clear or very close to it. Ring out the excess water and throw them in the washing machine with a little soap, then dry. If you’re dying more than one color, be careful about washing them together-they may bleed into one another.

Once they’re dry (the dryer is fine by the way), they’ll look something like this!

Now for the PLUS in our title above! :D Do you know how you can make double use of those freshly dyed prefolds? They'd make awesome gift bag stuffing instead of tissue paper or even wrapping paper over a cute baby gift for a baby shower or an expectant mom at Christmas! It'll save you money on wrapping paper while not wasting more paper. Win-win!

See you all tomorrow!

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