Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tie Dye Utility Apron–Using Tulip Tie Dye

I haven’t tie dyed since I was a kid at camp so when I was given the opportunity to do a fun Tie Dye project with Tulip products I jumped at the chance! How fun!  They wanted us to do something creative, using one of their techniques, or to try and come up with our own.  Well… I did a “variation” of a known technique and mixed in a little “PB&J style” with it.

The awesome people of I Love to Create sent us a package of goodies which included:


Rainbow Tie Dye kit and Surface Cover by Tulip, and some extra gloves. (on the left)
And my extra goodies for my tutorial are on the right (6” PVC Piping, String, and an Apron)

I first searched their page for some inspiration – and they have a ton of it! I would have never known tie dying has become so creative… I just remember rubber bands and the “spiral” technique of tie dying with lots of hot water.  There are SO many other creative designs that take tie dying out of the 70’s and into the now.


I knew I wanted to make something practical and that I would be using a lot… and what else do I do besides blog? I’m CONSTANTLY painting signs and doing DIY projects.  I’ve wanted a utility apron forever because I have gone through endless yoga pants and tank tops because I get them covered in paint (apparently I’m a messy painter).  So I decided to make a fun tie dyed utility apron that was going to be totally functional – plus cute (adored with my business name & all!).

The technique I chose was the “Shibori Dye Technique” (the technique shown in the video is a “beginner” way, I took it one step further and used the more advanced way of adding string to really make the lines pop with contrast).
Here’s my how to:
1. Wrap the apron around the PVC piping, and I tucked the pocket half inside the pipe to prevent it from being dyed.  Then tightly wrap the beginning of your string at the very bottom of the piping.
2.  Hold a tight grip on the strip and wrap around the piping slowing moving upward about a quarter inch per wrap.  It’s important to keep the string tight, as you want it to have a tight wrap around the apron. 
3.  Once I reached above half way up the pipe, I pushed the apron down (being sure not to push it off the pipe) to scrunch it as much as it’ll bunch up.  Then continue tightly wrapping as you previously did.  Continue to tightly wrap, and bunch, wrap and bunch until you’ve reached the end of your apron.  Then I just tightly knotted the string so the apron was tightly held around the pipe.


Then began the fun messy part of dying.  After mixing the dye as instructed on the box, I just directly applied it to my apron.  I started at one end and worked my way up, and blended it in with my fingers  I wanted a two tone look so once I had about a quarter of the top left, I switched the lime color and covered that end.  Again. This was messy … thank goodness they give you a surface cover!!

Then I just wrapped it up in the plastic surface cover and let it sit for 7 hours (suggested time 6-8 hours).  Once it was done I just cut off all the strings, gave it a quick rinse in the sink and put it through my washer with HOT water as directed. 

To add a personal touch I added my company logo PB&Jcreations with a stencil and paint and VOILA! I finally have a fun utility apron that will keep my clothes safe from paint and look good while doing it.  Plus, I feel like over time the random splots of paint that I know will end up on it will look really cool with the tie dye effect.

Tulip Tie Dye Kits are available at Walmart, Walmart Canada, Michaels, JoAnn, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Meijer. Tie dye kit contents and colors may vary by store.
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  1. I love your apron and the technique you used!! What a fun project!

  2. You make it look fun Pamela.

  3. That technique is really unique and the apron turned out great! Just love the colors you chose!

    Take care,


  4. So fancy!! I love that you tried an interesting technique - and what a success!

  5. Love this apron! You're gorgeous!! :)


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