Laura Gunn Studio

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Help! I'm Dyeing! (plus a newborn shirt tutorial)

So, my sister Rachel got me crazy dying baby stuff. I dyed diaper cloths for burp rags, old stained onesies, and newborn shirts. Sooooo fun. I just used the powder Rit dye in the washing machine, but mixed a little tan into eat color. My colors were:
  • tangerine with 1/3 package tan
  • teal with 1/3 package tan
  • golden yellow with 1/3 package tan

Then I had to embellish a few of the new born shirts. I know this boy is gonna want to look good when he comes home from the hospital. On the shirt above I just added a binding to the neck line. Below I made a stamp out of a potato and used acrylic paint.

I am especially excited about the binding on the neck line and thought I'd give a little tutorial on that. If someone wants to give a tutorial on how to do a tutorial it would be appreciated. In the meantime, I'm just slappin it in the middle of my post.

New Born Shirt Tutorial

Step 1: Cut a strip of fabric 2&1/2 inches by about 32 inches.
Step 2: Iron in half, longways

Step 3: Pin folded piece along the edge of the shirt so that the raw edges match up with the edge of the shirt. Be sure to turn a little bit under on the end before you pin it in place.
Step 4: Sew in place. You want your stitching to be right along the inside of the folded edge of the shirt. You'll have to feel for that. Mine was just over 1/4 of an inch into the shirt.

Step 5: As you're sewing, right before you get to the end, trim your fabric strip about1/2 inch from the end and fold it up. Stitch over that.
Step 6: fold fabric strip to inside of shirt and tack it on by hand.

Clear as mud? Good.

I love this Amy Butler fabric!! Speaking of which, did you guys see this fabulous quilt over at the Wooden Spool made from The Belle line. Ooh la la.


Anonymous jona said...

Thanks for sharing this! I love the way you mixed the colors (I've always wanted to do this but wasn't quite sure how to). I dyed some onesies brown for my little guy but it turned out very mottled (but it kind of looks like I meant to do it so he wears them). I will have to try using my washer next time (I did mine on the stove).

2:37 PM  
Blogger atet said...

Thanks for the dyeing tips and the cute onesie addition. I don't know if I'll use it for myself, but what a GREAT baby gift idea!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

These look so great! I love, LOVE the teal. Does the dye really cover up stains on baby clothes??! Because WOW... what a wonderful thing!

2:10 PM  
Blogger The Wooden Spool said...

Wow, thanks for sharing the great tee-shirt-demo, Laura! You always have the cutest ideas! I have always wondered about dying/staining cloth/clothing!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Heather Bailey said...

Wowzers! Those have to be the coolest newborn clothes - and one of a kind at that! Cool quilt too. Want to sew. Want to sew.

Just got an email from Rachel today - I never heard that she was having a girl! You'd think that'd be big news. Sad I didn't know sooner, but thrilled for her. Thrilled!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Mama said...

Beautiful! The clothes are amazing, and the tutorial is wonderful. Thanks!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Thank you thank you. I'm a big time baby clothes alterer. And I've wanted to dye, but the colors don't ever seem quite right! Tan dye?!? Brilliant I say!

Have you tried freezer paper stenciling? SOOO cute and fun on onesies.

Great blog btw. I love it.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous ginny said...

i love the onesies! i have been trying and trying to figure out something for my baby to come home in and i just haven’t worked out the right thing. i almost gave up till i saw yours! i am re-inspired... where did you find those onsies that fold over like that?? all the ones i have only snap in the crotch.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Laura Gunn Studio said...

Hey Ginny,
I got them at target. They have them in long sleeve and short sleeve. They're my favorite when they're newborns because the babe is just too tiny for a onesie

4:23 PM  
Blogger lambie-pie said...

What bright, yummy colors! And what a fun creative idea, I love it. Will have to try for my little one,
*oh, and I love your flower paintings too. Wish I could buy an original but will probably have to settle for a print. They're gorgeous too though! My friend and I are totally inspired by your Friday group and are getting together to sew tomorrow!

11:16 AM  
Blogger mermaids said...

just a friendly suggestion....if you cut the fabric strips on the bias, they will bend around the curves of the onesie more smoothly.

very cute onesies!


1:03 PM  
Blogger supa said...

What serendipity! I have bins and bins of hand-me-down onesies, and on a whim a month ago I bought three boxes of dye.

The confluence of these events, plus your awesome inspiration, means my impending bambino is going to be ever-so-stylish. Thank you!

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Rae said...

I love your onesies and newborn shirts! What a great idea! I also saw your cloth diapers at hellomynameisheather and would love to make some for my baby...did you use a pattern or did you make them up? Please tell!!!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I soo love this idea and I will making tons for my upcoming little lady...LOL!! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I love it!! Your blog is on my bookmark ;)

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Tara said...

I really love your ideas. I feel inspired. Would love to know more about the cloth diaper idea. They are soooo cute. Is there a pattern you recommend over the others that I have seen?

2:11 PM  
Blogger Benitta said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


1:15 AM  

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