Have you ever thought about dyeing BATTING?
Seriously, I am SO excited to share my experience. The saturation is intense, and opens up the possibility of so many artistic uses, I have lost count!
To begin this experiment I decided to do a complete color sampling with the Fairfield™ Cotton Batting and Tulip One-Step Dye™ so that I could use it to plan my dyed projects, and to share with YOU!
Please note: This was an unbiased, unpaid experiment/test with the products, and will hopefully help guide all of you crafters, designers and textile artists out there, as you experience the process of dyeing batting for all types of creative projects!
17 Colors - Tulip One-Step Dye™ - Batting in Dye Baths
Dyed Batting Swatch Bundles in 17 Colors
Dyed Batting - Color Sample Guide
Dyed Batting Spirals - Modern Tuffets
Here is an example of how vibrant the colors are. I dyed the batting and then created spirals in a retro color scheme to adhere to these Fairfield™ Square Tuffets. I love, love, love how they turned out. They feel like pieces of art in my home, and make me smile every time I look at them. You could do the same project with a custom colors to match your decor exactly. Imagine the same technique to make coasters, placemats and pillows! So modern and chic!
Shibori Dyed Batting Pillows
I used the shibori technique on these pillows with Blue Tulip One-Step Dye™.
These are giant pillows that are stuffed with Fairfield™ Poly-Fil® and covered with batting that I dyed in a shibori method. We love cuddling up with these cozy pillows.
Organic Batting for Dyeing
You can use ANY batting that is 100% organic. It can be cotton, bamboo or wool. These organic materials will allow the dye to saturate the fibers and hold the color to create those vibrant, dreamy hues.
Tulip One-Step Dyes - A Rainbow of Color
There is an absolute rainbow of dye colors available. I experimented with 17 colors of dye, and in this post you will see the results! The Tulip One-Step Dye™ kits all come with plastic gloves and plastic sheets you'll need. (You can save the rubber bands for your tie-dye t-shirts.) The dye already has the ingredients you need so that you don't have to boil, heat, presoak in ash, or sweat the small stuff. They have all the magic in them for a simple one-step experience.
Batting Strips for Sample Dyes
For my dye samples, I cut 3-inch strips of cotton batting. One strip for each color of dye to sample.
Batting Cut and Tagged in Glasses with Matching Tags
Next, I tagged each strip with the dye color names, and tagged wine glasses with matching tags to keep track during the dye sampling. (I might have or might not have already had 17 wine glasses ;-)
Roll Strips of Batting
Each strip of batting was loosely rolled into a bundle and placed into a glass, waiting for their individual dye bath.
Rinse and Squeeze out Water
Each batting roll was saturated with water to open up the fibers, being careful not to unroll the bundle. Then the water was squeezed out to allow the dye to saturate the fibers when applied.
Place Back in Glass
The dampened batting was placed back in each glass.
With gloved hands, the dye was mixed with water and shaken for 2 minutes, then the entire bottle was poured onto the batting, working it in gently with the nozzle.
Let Dye set OvernightThe dye was allowed to "simmer" in the batting overnight. I didn't show it here, but I used the plastic table sheet from the dye kit, to cover the glasses so the dye didn't evaporate.
Rinse out Dye
Next morning each batting bundle was rinsed under running water until the water ran clear. The the bundles were gently squeezed to get out as much water as possible.
Hang to Dry
I carefully unrolled each batting strip and hung outside to dry. It didn't take very long to dry!
Dyed Batting Strips for Color Samples
I am still amazed at how delicious the colors are, and now I have the perfect samples to use for selecting dye when I'm planning a dyed batting project.
Brown - Tulip#21737 - Pantone#4635 Wine - Tulip#28942 - Pantone#221
Red - Tulip#21543 - Pantone#199 Pink - Tulip#27860 - Pantone#218
Fuchsia - Tulip#21544 - Pantone#233 Coral - Tulip#28941 - Pantone#1785
Orange - Tulip#21736 - Pantone#1585 Yellow - Tulip#21549 - Pantone#109
Lime - Tulip#27861 - Pantone#382 Green - Tulip#21546 - Pantone#7482
Teal - Tulip#28937 - Pantone#326 Turquoise - Tulip#21548 - Pantone#312
Royal Blue - Tulip#28938 - Pantone#7455 Violet - Tulip#28943 - Pantone#2405
Purple - Tulip#21545 - Pantone#526 Blue - Tulip#21547 - Pantone#295
Black - Tulip#21764 - Pantone#7547
Spirals of Dyed Batting, Glued to Oly*Fun
Combining black batting with the dyed batting creates the most dramatic look. These are spirals I made for the Modern Square Fairfield™ Tuffets, before I glued them on.
Big shout-out to Fairfield™ World and to Tulip One-Step Dyes™ for their great products, and for providing the goodies for this very rewarding experiment so that we can have the dye samples as a guide for dyeing batting!