I love all things vintage. If it’s old or even new but made to look old, I’m almost guaranteed to love it. It’s one trait of mine that drives my husband crazy. So when I picked up a yards of cotton fabric at an estate sale and began my vintage looking fabric banner his first comment was “Are you going to hang that in here?”.
Ummm……. not now……
Creating a dyed fabric banner is really easy and super cheap. It’s especially cheap when you use Kool-Aid as your dyeing agent.
That’s right, all these colors are from Kool-Aid packets.
1. Find some cotton fabric that has no real purpose. I picked up mine at an estate sale for 1.00! Lay it out flat and cut little strips at the base.
2. Grab the cut end and pull. Enjoy the sound of ripping fabric.
3. Make as many strips as you would like. Don’t worry about the frayed edges, it simply adds to it’s charm.
4. Have the Kool-Aid mixture ready in a pot. I added three packets of color for 10 strips in the blue/green/orange banner.
Add 3 packets to 2 cups of cold water. Dissolve the Kool-Aid.
Add your strips to the pot and turn on heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and promptly remove from heat.
Cover and allow your strips to sit at least 6 hours or overnight.
5. Allow the strips to soak. I chose an unfortunate color to photograph. These had been soaking about 5 hours outside.
6. Remove the strips and hang dry. You have the option of placing your strips in a cold water bath to help set the color. I’m not too concerned with color set so I didn’t do the cold water bath.
7. Once dry, tie the strips in a larks head knot over the twine.
I have a rough brown twine I picked up from Wal-mart years ago. Its served me well with many projects. Tie the fabric to the banner by folding the strip in half. Place the loop behind the twine and slip the bottom two pieces through the loop.
8.Step back and admire your handiwork.
I’m in love! I love the colors and how easy it was to create. Who knew that Kool-Aid was just a great dye agent?!