Use the Sun to Make Custom Printed Fabric with Inkodye
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Use the Sun to Make Custom Printed Fabric with Inkodye

One of our favorite things about summertime is the ability to do lots of fun craft projects outside. That's why we were super pumped when we received a sample of Inkodye, a brand new dye that uses the sun to dye fabric. Simply grab a bunch of objects with fun, recognizable shapes, place them on a painted piece of fabric, and let the sun do the work. 

Materials:

Inkodye by Lumi

– fabric to print on (t-shirt, canvas totes, tea towels, etc)

– objects to make patterns with (paper clips, feathers, felt letters, etc)

– a piece of glass or plexiglas to hold your objects down

As we already touched on, Inkodye is an awesome dye that uses the power of the sun to print on fabric. You paint the dye onto any piece of fabric, use objects to cover up the parts of the fabric you want to remain wait, and expose it to the sun for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the objects you used to create patterns, wash in soapy water, and revel in your new hand-printed items!

We started with a white pillowcase. Tape off the area you want to dye, and then paint with blue inkodye. Make sure to do this part in the shade or inside. To create a pixelated heart pattern, we used leftover laser cut heart tags from Brit's wedding! 

Place them on the painted part of your pillowcase, and lay a piece of glass over the whole thing. Move into the sun and let the solar rays do the heavy lifting! 

Take it out of the sun, remove the pattern you made, rinse, let dry, and voila. An adorable pillowcase custom designed by you!

Next, we created a beauty tote for all of our style goodies. We taped off the pocketed section and painted it with red Inkodye.

Then we laid out our scissors, bobby pins, and comb with a piece of glass to hold it down. 

Fill it up with your beauty essentials and you're good to go!

Now, a feathery tank top. 

Paint the tank and lay down a few peacock feathers. 

Place the glass over and expose it to the sun for 15 minutes. 

Such fun organic shapes and patterns with this one!

Head to a teeny tiny balcony and model it up. 

Finally, we did a little ode to Inkodye! 

Paint a few stripes with your remaining Inkodye.

Place felt letters and stars under plexiglas, and let sit in the sun for 15 minutes.

Thanks Inkodye! Can't wait to experiment more with this fun sunny paint. What are your favorite summertime craft activities? Let us know in the comments below.