Have you ever imagined having your favorite colors hug you with warmth at night? To fulfill your dream, here is a tutorial on how to dye a tula blanket in two easy ways.
It is nice for blankets to not just be pleasant to the touch but also a feast in the eyes, right?
You can choose to combine your favorite colors and create a beautiful harmony or have just one color do wonders on your blanket.
Continue reading so you can learn how.
How To Dye A Tula Blanket?
- Step #1. First, you need to wash your tula blanket. Mix 1/8 teaspoon of textile detergent or dish soap with hot water. Use it to wash the blanket.
Prepare a mixture of soda ash and hot water.
Use 1 cup to 1-gallon proportion making sure the soda ash is completely dissolved through mixing thoroughly.
Make a volume enough to soak your blanket in for at least one hour.
- Step #2. After soaking, take your blanket out and squeeze all excess water. You may consider using a dryer to make it easier.
Prepare for dyeing by setting up a grate over a basin to catch dripping dye. Scrunch your blanket and put it on the grate.
Using anything you prefer to use—small spoon, strainer, etc.—sprinkle dye onto your blanket.
Apply each color one at a time and create patterns you want.
You can use the color wheel as a guide to see which color compliments each other. This will make your design look creatively harmonious.
- Step #3. Afterward, you can now add a thin layer of ice.
As the ice melts, see if the colors have penetrated the blanket fully. Add more dye and ice if not.
Once the blanket is fully penetrated with colors— which we’re sure looks so good already, cover it with a plastic bag.
Put it in a warm room for 24 to 48 hours to allow the blanket to further absorb the dye.
- Step #4. After batching, you can now rinse your blanket. Use cold water to remove all soda ash for 5 minutes.
Then, change the water to warm for another 10 to 20 minutes of rinsing.
When the water becomes clear, soak your blanket in hot water.
If the colors start to fade, don’t panic! It is normal.
You can just change the water every few hours and do no less than 5 soaks.
- Step #5. When you’re done with soaking, you can wash your blanket once again with hot water and 1/8 teaspoon of textile detergent or dish soap.
Rinse and let the blanket get air-dried.
You have now upgraded a simple tula blanket into a bright and colorful one!
Single color dyeing
- Step #1. Before doing anything with your tula blanket, you must first wash it.
Use hot water mixed with 1/8 teaspoon of textile detergent or dish soap.
This will remove anything that may hinder the absorption of the dye.
- Step #2. Afterward, soak your blanket in a soda ash and water solution for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Use 1 cup to 1-gallon ratio. Make sure you mix enough to fully submerge the blanket.
- Step #3. Then, prepare your bucket and pour in 2 gallons of warm water with 2 cups of non-iodized salt.
Make sure the salt is completely dissolved.
Meanwhile, mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite color of dye with 8 ounces of water.
Stir continuously until the dye is fully dissolved into the water.
- Step #4. Mix the dye mixture with the salt and water solution you prepared earlier. Use a large utensil to stir.
Make sure the dye is mixed well with the water to avoid speckles forming on your blanket.
Put in your tula blanket making sure it is submerged fully. There should also be enough room for stirring.
If you are aiming for a lighter shade, stir for at least 30 minutes. If a brighter color is what you want, work harder for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Step #5. Slowly pour in 1/3 cup of soda ash into the bucket during the last 15 minutes of stirring.
Afterward, take the blanket out and thoroughly rinse it with cold water for 5 to 10 minutes.
You have to make sure that you get to remove all the soda ash.
- Step #6. Change the water to warm and rinse it again for 5 to 10 more minutes.
Subsequently, soak your blanket in hot water to remove the loose dye.
- Step #7. After soaking, wash your tula blanket again.
Use a solution of hot water and 1/8 teaspoon of textile detergent or dish soap. Rinse until you see that the water is clear.
- Step #8. Dry your blanket and you’re done! You have now made a tula blanket of your favorite color.
Tula blankets are nice and warm whether it is plain or colorful.
Once you have learned how to dye a tula blanket, you can never get enough of its beauty..
With the beautifully dyed cover-ups that you have made, more nights with good sleep and sweet dreams will come!