How to: Dip-Dyed Ribbons

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If you are a maker like me, perhaps you have controversy in gifting your handmade creations in store bought gift wrappings. Enter…hand dip-dyed ribbon. #onbrand. See below for the how to…

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Raw muslin ribbon

Food coloring or fabric dye

Small bowls for dye

Water

Paper towels

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1591) Put the fabric dye with a little water in a small bowl. The more water you add, the lighter the color will end up.diy-dip-dyed-ribbons-thesarahjohnson-132) Douse the muslin ribbon in water before rolling it up–this will help the dye absorb. Next place one end in the bowl of dye. Let it sit in the bowl for about 10-20 seconds. Remove from dye and let excess drain off. Flip over and let other side rest in a new bowl of different color dye for another 10-20 seconds.diy-dip-dyed-ribbons-thesarahjohnson-123) Remove second side of ribbon from dye and let excess drain off. Blot any excess on a paper towel. Rest the roll on its side on a paper towel while all the excess drains off for a few minutes.diy-dip-dyed-ribbons-thesarahjohnson-11diy-dip-dyed-ribbons-thesarahjohnson-10

4) Roll the ribbon out flat after excess has drained off. If you hang to dry, the colors may run. Be careful as some dye may still drip off.diy-dip-dyed-ribbons-thesarahjohnson-4

5. Use your ribbon once completely dry.

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Sarah

I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I'm 6'3" tall, and am always working my way through a list of creative projects that's longer than myself. I have a natural curiosity for figuring out how things are made. Currently hooked on Fabletics, dried mango, succulents and my labradoodle. When I'm not blogging here, you can find me designing jewelry, concocting new fragrances for my bath & body shop, daydreaming about one day living on a flower farm, and sourcing and shipping your jewelry supplies. Visit me at the links below if you want to connect!!

December 24, 2015

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5 Comments

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    BJ Berlo

    December 21, 2015

    I didn’t realize that dip dyed ribbon was so easy. What is “raw” muslin and how does it differ from purchased muslin from a fabric store? I love the look….and since I make my own cards/envelopes and like to gift wrap creatively…this is on my radar now.

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      SJ

      December 21, 2015

      HI BJ, raw muslin is muslin. You could get it from the fabric store and tear it in 1″ strips and achieve the same effect!

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