They say styles recycle, and I sure hope that the new indigo trend is the closest that tie-dye will come to being recycled. I love all of this indigo, but unfortunately it doesn't really fit into my home's style nor do I want it taking over my wardrobe. I tackled this predicament by creating something that fits into my bag - the perfect way to dip my toes into the indigo water.
Now let me give you a bit of a disclaimer, indigo-ing is definitely an art. I purchased a great kit from Yellow Owl Workshop, and was able to paint with it, which was super easy! However, If you want to try shibori, you'll need a bit of practice. One of my girlfriends came over for a crafternoon full of indigo, and let me just tell ya, one of our projects was a complete fail!
For this project you'll need:
- A piece of light colored, cotton fabric cut into a long rectangle. The width should be cut to fit the size of your zipper, and the height can be however deep you want your bag to be. I cut mine to be about 8"x18".
- This indigo kit or an indigo paint pen
- A zipper
- Sewing Machine (or fabric glue if you don't want to sew)
- Fray Check
Step one: Cut the fabric into a long rectangle if you haven't already done so. I cut mine to fit my zipper (8"x18"). Fold the fabric in half (hamburger style), and fold an inch hem on each short side. Then sew the zipper onto one side of the fabric (you can see how I did that in the second picture below, sorry there isn't a better shot of it!).
Step two: Paint your fabric. The indigo kit comes with a bunch of different ideas, this was my favorite, but get creative! Then allow the fabric to dry.
Step three: Refold the fabric in half (hamburger style) so that the ugly side is showing. Sew the rest of the zipper into place. Then, stitch or glue the sides together so that a pouch forms (if you don't want to ruin your day, make sure your zipper is partially unzipped!!!). Remember to backstitch across the end parts of your zipper for extra durability!
Step 4: Turn your pouch right side out.
Step 5: Wrap yarn around your fingers/hand so as to form a large group of loops. Cut a small piece of yarn and tightly tie your group of loops to the zipper.
Step 6: Cut another small piece of yarn and tie the top part of the loops so that there is a small "ball" formed at the top. Then cut the loops so you have fringe!
Step 7: Apply fray check to the fringe so that the yarn will not unravel.
I really think the tassel gives this little pouch the perfect amount of funkiness. If I were to go back and do this project again, I would wash the fabric in softener before I painted it. The fabric turned out a bit stiff for my liking. I think I am going to try some simple polka dots, and maybe venture into some shibori napkins or placemats (which was the major fail that occurred during the indigo crafternoon). Happy crafting, and be sure to comment with any questions!
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