I’m not the best seamstress in the world, so when I come across fabulous and simple fabric DIY projects like coffee cozies and reusable food wraps, I rejoice. I love handmade goods but am not super creative or coordinated when it comes to actually pulling them off. That’s why these DIY no sew tea towels are a dream. They are handy and adorably colorful. Plus, their bright color is from natural, chemical-free fabric dyes like turmeric! If you’re in need of some extra decorative tea towels, try tapping into your creative side and saving money by making them on your own 🙂
“Ever since I first used fabric dye, I’ve been hooked. No piece of fabric or article of clothing was safe from my dying desires. Stained baby clothes can find a new life with a bath in colorful dye as well as grimy towels and faded jeans.
I came to a point where I wanted to experiment with homemade natural dyes, kind of like Kristin’s playdough, that would look good and be easy to make. It turns out, I’ve been living under a rock. There are plenty of natural dye options. In fact, people have been doing it for centuries!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the first color that came to mind was a mix between yellow and burnt orange. Sure, straight up orange would have been more festive but I’m a sucker for yellow.
To achieve this color, I used turmeric powder and yellow onion skins. Next time, I may add more onion peels to achieve a more orange hue.
After making the dye and preparing the fabric, the fun part (read: messy) begins. I did the dip-dyeing outside to prevent any extreme stains inside. It was a lot of fun to experiment with different patterns. Of course, my clothesline snapped immediately after hanging my freshly dyed fabrics. I rinsed of the dirt and re-dipped one of the pieces of fabric, which gave it a more messy look than I was intended. You win some, you lose some – right?”