Welcome to the Back to School Blog Hop sponsored by Rit Dye and Buttons Galore and More! These two products combine beautifully to create beautiful creations such as these hand dyed origami bags embellished with buttons perfect for a little gift pouch to give your new teachers.
I created these gift pouches for teachers using some of my favorite Rit Dye colors which happen to be Apple Green, Fuchsia,and Purple.
The first step in creating these teacher gift pouches just in time for Back to School is to cut 10 inch squares from pre-washed and pressed muslin using a rotary cutter and self healing cutting mat. For each gift pouch you will need two squares.
To create interesting patterns as you hand dye, fold one of the fabric squares into various shapes. I accordian folded one until I got a tight rectangle, folded one into squares and one into triangles. Use bulldog clips to hold the shapes in place and create a resist which will yeild interesting patterns.
Wearing latex gloves, prepare the dye bath by measuring three tablespoons to 1 1/2 cups very hot (almost boiling) water. Shake the bottle of dye first and place it into a plastic container. I like to use a plastic shoe box sized container. Depending on what type of surface you are working on, you may want to cover it with a plastic table cloth and work near a sink.
Mix the water and dye together and immerse the bound fabric as well as the loose fabric into the dye bath. Let sit five to 10 minutes.Remove the fabrics with tongs and rinse under cool water.
Use a steam iron to press the squares once they are dry. Place the solid and patterned squares together and pin in place. Use a sewing machine and thread to straight stitch the squares together to create one square that is "double-sided."
Place fabric glue on one end of the triangle.
Now it's time to embellish with a bevy of buttons! These buttons from Buttons Galore and More pair beautifully with these hand dyed teacher gifts. Either sew on the buttons with shanks or use the shank remover to cut the shanks off and glue them on the front of the pouch with tacky glue.
Live Life Creatively,