Did you know that yesterday’s bouquets and boutonnieres can be turned into lovely, hand-dyed masterpieces? More homesteaders are discovering the fun and beauty of dyeing their own fabrics, all with Mother Nature’s bounty.
Curl Up and Dye
Dyeing sounds complicated, but it’s super easy and fast with this method. Dye cloth for craft projects and more in just a few hours with minimal fuss.
Unbleached muslin cloth, at least 2 x 2 feet
Rubber bands or zip ties
Six cups fresh or dried flower petals
*Note: You’ll have more color with more petals. Try to go for stronger colors like deep red, purple, and yellow over delicate colors like pink. You’ll get more bang for your buck.
Heat up a pot with your steamer basket over medium heat. Make sure there’s plenty of water! As the steamer heats up, prep your cloth. Smooth out the muslin on a flat surface. Pour the petals liberally over the cloth, ensuring you have an even layer.
Carefully roll up the muslin from one end. Fasten it at least four times with the rubber bands or zip ties.
Once your muslin is rolled up, toss the roll into the steamer. Allow it to steam for at least an hour, adding more water if necessary.
After an hour, remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Gently run the roll under cold water.
Remove the rubber bands or zip ties. Take the muslin outside and shake off the petals. Hang the cloth up to dry. You may need to wash the cloth once more to remove caked-on petals. Be sure you use cold water! Hot water will remove the pigment that you’ve worked so hard for!
The Bottom Line
There are endless ways to use beautifully home-dyed muslin cloth. Some people use it to cover kombucha crocks, while others use it for baby blankets. Avoid waste and produce something gorgeous with natural dyeing to decorate your home.