Quilted Tie Dye Pillow

Sometimes, you have a shirt that you love, but can’t wear. Either it has gotten worn out, or it isn’t the right size, or it has a stain on it. Don’t tuck it into a corner of the closet, or into a bottom drawer – celebrate your tie dye by turning your shirt into a custom decor piece! I work with the folks at Rit to come up with original dyed pieces, and was super excited to work on a quilted piece using a shirt I dyed with Rit dye.

If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you know that I’m into quilting feathers lately… and I thought it would be fun to combine quilted feathers and tie dye in this handcrafted decor piece. I love how it came together!

Make a quilted tie dye pillow

Of course, you could use different quilting designs on your pillow, but be sure to get the how-to over on Rit Studio!

quilted tie dye pillow

Dyed BBQ Apron

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift? I whipped up BBQ aprons for my husband and father-in-law. These aprons are totally unique because my sons’ handprints are right on the aprons! I didn’t have to expose their hands to bleach or dyes – just some non-toxic glue!

This project was sponsored by the awesome folks at Rit, who challenged me to come up with a great Father’s Day gift… and I think it was a big success!

BBQ apron for dad

I made the apron in 3 steps, allowing the aprons to dry overnight between each step. The waiting was really the hardest part of this project – the rest was easy!

Handprint BBQ Apron

 

If you’d like a full tutorial on how to make these fun aprons, check out my step-by-step dying instructions over at Rit Studio.

Rit Dye Pearl Necklace

Rit Dye has compensated me for this post.

DIY Faux pearl necklace with dyed wood beads

When the folks at Rit Dye contacted me to come up with a project using their new Pearl Grey dye, I knew I wanted to make a pearl necklace! I love the look of dark pearls, and an homage to real pearls made out of dyed wooden beads would perfect.

The challenge I had to overcome was that dyed wood takes on a very flat look, and pearls are not. They have a luster that comes from inside the pearl itself – and I found a way to replicate that look with wood! Check out how these Rit dyed pearl beads are made.

To make the necklace you will need:
RIT Dye
HOT water
Small containers
Large Wooden Beads
Ribbon
Wooden Skewers
Darice Americana Decor Wax
Paintbrush
Soft Cloth (I often use an old sock)
Jewelry Clasps and Jump Rings
Krazy Glue

Put the hot (almost boiling) water in the small containers, and add a little of the Rit Pearl Grey dye. With this color – a little goes a long way! Mix, then add your wooden beads.

dye the beads pearl grey with Rit

Once the beads are your desired color, rinse them until the water runs clear, then lay them on a towel to dry overnight. The beads will have a stripe through the middle, as a result of the grain of the wood absorbing the dye. Don’t worry about this – it will virtually disappear by the end of the project!

allow beads to dry

Time to wax the beads! Pour a small amount of wax into a disposable container. Add a dash of dye and stir to mix.

add dye

Using a paintbrush, paint each bead with the dye-wax mix. I found the best way to do this was to thread them onto skewers and paint several at a time.

paint wax onto beads

Paint on three coats of the dyed wax, allowing it to dry for a few minutes between each coat. Then let the beads dry completely.

Time to bring out the shine! Using a soft cloth (I used an old tea towel), buff each bead until it glows.

buff beads

Here you can see the difference. The bead on the left has been waxed and buffed. The bead on the right has only been dyed.

buffed bead vs non waxed bead

 

Once the beads are buffed, start stringing them onto the ribbon, tying an overhand knot between each bead.

string and knot beads

Once you have your faux pearl string at the desired length, add a jewelry finding to each end. I threaded one side on.

add lobster clasp

Then tied it in place with an overhand knot.

add overhand knot

I tucked the tail into the hole of the last bead using the pointy end of a skewer, then cut off the excess.

poke excess ribbon in

I repeated this process with the other side, then added a bow to cover the clasp.

faux pearl necklace with ribbon

I dabbed some Krazy Glue at the knot, and ends of the cut ribbon. This will keep the ends of the ribbon from fraying, and keep the knot secure.

glue on ends of ribbon to prevent fray

Let the glue dry, and you are all done!

make a diy dyed pearl necklace

 

dyed beads no longer look like wood

 

dyed bead pearl necklace

 

wooden beads are made to glow like pearls

 

Quilt Block Refrigerator Magnets

Looking for something fun and different? Paper-pieced refrigerator magnets are super easy to make, and make great gifts! I’m over on the Thermoweb blog sharing how I made these cute beer bottle refrigerator magnets using paper piecing!

quilted refrigerator magnets

Easter Bunny Pocket Shirt

Bunny Applique pocket

Happy Easter! I thought I’d share my son modeling his Easter shirt. You can find my tutorial for this little Easter Bunny Pocket Shirt over at the Thermoweb blog. My youngest is almost two, and he’s in love with pockets. His older brother was, too, at that age. He loves putting things in, and taking them out. The whole concept of a pocket and its functionality is fascinating to him! Funny how we take these things for granted later in life, isn’t it?

Easter bunny pocket shirt

As I was taking these pictures, I realized how few handmade things I’ve made for my youngest. His big brother got quite a few, and they are doing a great job as hand-me-downs… but cute things like this just for him? Not very many at all. As a second child myself, I feel I have a lot of catching up to do!

hunting for eggs

Especially since this kid is pretty darn photogenic! If I do say so myself (and I do!). He did a great job of putting up with me while posing for these photos…

looking for eggs in bunny shirt

I put together full instructions on making the bunny applique and pocket, you can see them over on the Therm-o-Web blog. A fun Easter shirt for a boy to wear…

make an applique pocket