How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?  


created at: 09/06/2011

These all-natural dyes are created using all-natural ingredients... Something I am totally behind!  Whether you want to dye fabric for use in sewing projects, crafts, or other DIY activities, I think this is a handy bit of knowledge to possess.  The good folks behind the Free People blog have kindly offered up a tutorial for turning everything from beets to spinach into long lasting, 100% eco-friendly dyes.  Ready to rock and roll (or chop and boil - cuz that's how it's done)?  Hit up the Free People blog for the full how-to!

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Kimberly Patton on Feb 13, 2013:

Thanks so much for answering my quest for dyeing chinaberry beads naturally!!

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