Since I’m taking part in Poland Springs celebrate naturally campaign I decided that the perfect way to kick off this Friday would be to have a nice picnic lunch and celebrate the warm days we are still having in NY.
Of I can’t just have a picnic I decided I needed a chic new picnic blanket for such lunch and since I love a good DIY I decided to make one. I have loved the look of vintage batik fabric that graces the stunning pillows in Amber’s shoppe:
I love the color story of the light blue, indigo, pink and orange and thought I with a little crafting I could recreate something similar for a picnic blanket.
Here is what you will need:
-Painting Drop Cloth
-RIT DYE- I went with a Navy and you will need 3 bottles
-Multi-Surface Craft Paint: I love the Martha Stewart one that can be used on fabric. I used Party Streamer (2 bottles), Geranium (1 bottle) and Indigo (2 bottles, not pictured)
-Embroidery Thread for tassels (I made multi-colored tassels and used 2 of each color)
There are numerous ways you can tie-dye a piece of fabric, but since I didn’t want a Grateful Dead look to my blanket I did this technique:
I took 3 inch sections and accordion folded the drop cloth:
Once that was done I added rubber bands around every 3 inches to the entire length of the drop cloth:
Now depending on the dye you purchase their may be a different way to dye your fabric, but with RIT I needed to wet the entire drop cloth before I added any hot water and dye.
Then I added 5 gallons of hot water and the 3 bottles of RIT DYE:
Then I had to stir it for an hour:
Once it’s done you need to rinse the fabric till the water runs clear and then you run it in the wash with warm water and dry it in the dryer.
Now comes the fun yet long part. The beauty of the batik fabric is the different patterns in the pink, orange and indigo. I didn’t want to turn this into math problem and have to figure out exact spacing, etc that I simply free handed my pattern:
The drop cloth is on the large side so painting the pattern took me about 2 hours and Jon helped me. If you get any paint where you don’t want it to be don’t worry. I used Motsenbockers latex stain removerand it worked really well and didn’t damage the tie dye:
Of course I can’t leave well enough alone so I made some tassels for the corners of the blanket. Tassels were a super easy project:
Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard and wind the thread to your desired thickness.
Step 2: Use a piece of thread to tie all of the threads together up top.
Step 3: Cut the threads on the opposite end of the tied section.
Step 4: Use a different color thread to bunch your tassel together. I tied a knot first and then wound it around the threads to my desired thickness. Once I had that I then tied it close to the original thread I used.
Since the tassels were the finishing touch I was then able to enjoy my lunch:
I even got to enjoy life’s greatest pleasure…reading a magazine without interruptions! Bliss!