The was me getting the internet again. We’ve been without since we moved last weekend, and I pined for it like Buttercup for her Wesley. Thanks everybody for such great moving tips, they really did help! I ended up deciding Friday night at about 6:30 pm that I wanted to move the next day, so my mom and sister came over, and we just attacked that beast. It was totally nuts, but I’m so glad we did it. And after a week I have TWO rooms unpacked, and we have internet! Woo hoo!
Now onto the coolest stuff you’ve ever heard about: Inkodye! I could barely wait to get my hands on this stuff, and have had a blast experimenting with it. It is so rad. It’s got endless applications–you can use it on lots of different surfaces, but as a seamstress, I was so excited to play around with dying fabric according to your projects structure and design. I decided to start by doing a project that I could play around with the design as it fit into the construction, as well as something that would be fun and show off the vibrant colors that Inkodye produces. Twinkle has a birthday right around the corner, so I thought an Inkodye wallet would sufficiently rock her world.
For all of you that haven’t heard about this stuff, I’ll sum up: it’s a dye that only develops its color when under the magical powers of the sun. This is particularly cool, because you can arrange whatever object or design (object, picture negative, etc) you want on the fabric, and when exposed to the sun, it creates a silhouette of the object. Is your mind exploding with the possibilities?? I know mine did.
So tell me, what would YOU do with Inkodye? Inkodye and I are super pumped to give away an Inkodye Tricolor Kit to one lucky reader! To enter the giveaway, take a looksy over at Lumi, and tell me about some of the cool things that pop into your head. We’d love to hear about them! You have until next Thursday (May 3,) 9 pm MST, at which point I’ll pluck one of your lovely names from a hat. I’ll let ya’ll know on Friday. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Inkodye Button Wallet Tutorial
-Some inkodye. Enter the giveaway, already!
-about 1/4 yard of fabric. I used a simple white cotton.
-measuring tools like a medicine syringe are handy
-something to apply the brush like a foam brush or paint brush.
-a bit of cord elastic
-lots of cards and money to put into it, very important.
1. Cut out your fabric:
-2 outer pieces 8″ x 4.5″
-2 pieces interfacing 8″ x 4.5″
-2 lining pieces 8″ x 4″
-3 pocket pieces 8″ x 2.5″
2. Apply interfacing to outer pieces (no pic). Finish one long edge of each pocket piece by serging/zigzagging, then turning under 1/4″ and top stitching
3. Round up subject matter for Inkodye: think big! I used everyday objects (buttons, beads, dominos), but check out Lumi for more ideas. You can also use Lumi’s super great resist for writing or hand drawing designs. I pored some in a fine tip applicator bottle (found at TwinkleAnn’s) to write Twinkle’s name.
4. Mix up your Inkodye (I used 2 parts dye to 1 part water), and then paint your pieces. The color doesn’t show inside, but I will say that less is more with Inkodye; there’s no need to over saturate.
5. Arrange your objects in desired design, and then take outside to expose. It takes just a couple seconds to change colors, and then a few minutes to fully develop. SUCH a fun thing for kids to see. My kids LOVED desiging their own prints!
Bring inside and rinse thoroughly, and then allow to dry. Lumi recommends rinsing with warm water, then with detergent, and then again with water. I just rinsed thoroughly, and it left the fabric a little stiffer which was ideal for this project. Admire your handiwork!
6. Assemble your wallet: Place your top pocket 1 1/8″ down from the top of an outer piece (hemmed side up), and sew near bottom edge. Place second pocket 5/8″ down from top and sew at bottom edge, and then remaining pocket 5/8″ down from that, sewing bottom raw edge aligned with outer bottom edge.
Sew anything you want to on the outside (like my little name tag) and then sew outer pieces, RST, around sides and bottom. Clip corners. (you’ll note that I had to UNpick this step because I forgot to sew the name tag on first).
Sew lining pieces RST around sides and bottom, leaving an opening at the bottom edge for turning. Place outer wallet RS out, INSIDE lining (WS out) and sew around top edge. Turn right sides out by pulling wallet through lining hole, and the sew up hole, and stuff the lining inside the outer wallet.