07 August 2022

Naturally Dyed Fabric and a Utensil Set

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I saw this at a coffee shop -- it's a kit containing a set of stainless steel flatware (fork, knife, spoon) in a carrying case that doubles as a napkin. Isn't this awesome? Use these instead of disposable utensils and help save our planet...TADA!  
 
I was so inspired with the idea, I had to make one myself. Why buy when we can D.I.Y.? But to make it my own, I decided to dye my own fabric.

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Did you know that if you boil avocado pits in water, the water turns into a pink liquid? Instant natural dye!

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I used white fabric and cut them into rectangles measuring 12 inches by 8 inches. 

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I tied the fabric with rubber bands, the same way you would when making tie dye t-shirts.

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Then I placed the fabric in the tinted water. I let this simmer on a low flame for about 30 minutes. Then I took the pot off the heat and let the fabric sit in the water overnight. The next day, I took them out of the water, removed the rubber bands, rinsed the fabric, and let them air dry. After ironing, this is what they look like: 

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Unique prints in a subtle shade of raspberry...TADA!

I want to showcase them individually, too:

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I took two sheets and sewed them together to make my cutlery case:

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This is the back.

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The flip side with divided slots.

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Put the utensils in each slot (chopsticks or a reusable straw can also be included).

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Roll it and secure with a ribbon closure...TADA!

I got to use avocado pits to make natural dye and I'll be bringing my own reusable utensils whenever I can. Score for the planet!

If you want to learn how to extract dye from avocado pits, you'll find a detailed tutorial here. And if you want more of these "blah to TADA!" ideas right in your inbox, please subscribe here.

2 comments:

  1. I've dyed fabric and eggs using red onion, carrots, and tea before, but not avocado pits. They produce such a lovely pink, beautiful!

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  2. Hi Priscilla! The pink color was surprising and lovely! I'd like to try your natural fabric dying techniques, too!

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