As we all know by now, Paddy Purple Carrot loves to stand out. His deep purple colour is such a strong shade, that it not only turns all the other vegetables purple, it can work as a natural dye to fabrics! We immediately knew that we wanted Paddy’s help with our canvas bag that we keep all our toys in.
This is a SUPER easy kids craft with vegetable dye and surprisingly not that messy – if you keep everything in the pot!
Also, just a tip before you begin, boiling both the fabric and carrots (Step 1 and 3) can be done at the same time to save you waiting another hour to boil the dye.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- A 100% cotton canvas bag (or T-shirt etc.)
- 3 Purple Carrots
WHAT TO DO:
STEP 1: The first thing you’ll need to do is prep your bag. This is called ‘creating a fixative’ and helps the colour hold onto the bag for longer. To do this you’ll need to boil the bag for an hour with a ½ cup of salt for every 8 cups of water.
TIP: We used salt, but vinegar is also a great fixative and supposedly better for vegetable dyes. Fruit dyes work best with salt fixatives.
STEP 2: When the bag has finished boiling, remove it and rinse in cold water.
STEP 3: To make the dye, chop up your ingredients and put them in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients.
STEP 4: Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for an hour. For deeper colours, you can leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight.
Colour after 10 minutes:
Colour after an hour:
STEP 5: Remove the hard materials from the mixture with a strainer, leaving you with the liquid dye. I then poured it back into the big pot.
STEP 6: The fabric is now ready to dye! Just drop it in the desired colour, let sit until it reaches the shade you want, remove and hang to dry.
Guess what’s ready!?