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Blog Swap with Shwin & Shwin

Hello Nap time crafters readers! I am so excited to be swapping blogs for the day with the ever so talented Amy! As an avid nap time crafter, or “quiet time” crafter as days would find me with my 3 year old, I feel like I can fit right in 🙂
My name is Shauna and I am Shwin W behind the blog Shwin&Shwin. It’s a creative space that my sister and I started to share our creations with each other and anyone else along the way. I have always had a pretty serious passion for sewing and so I share a lot of sewing projects but I sneak in anything else that catches my attention from time to time. My sister is a non-sewer (although she is picking it up) and so she fills in her artsy, crafty ideas from time to time. Having the blog has been a fun and crazy adventure and I just love how many wonderful people I have “cyber met” since starting it, so please feel free to stop by sometime and become a friend 🙂
Today I am sharing a little project in dyeing denim. Did you know that you could easily change the color of your denim to anything you please? Me either, but I wanted to so I tried it and well it worked beautifully, so you can too, and it’s easy!

You see the Gap had this pair of denim overalls. Denim overalls are not usually my thing, but there is something about this pair that I was drawn to… The color! Something about it was so classic and well cute.
I however only had this pair of oshkosh overalls that my mom had bought for my daughter. I actually really like the fit of the overall, it has a slight bubble hem, and a little gather around the waist so it makes the skirt a little full and I just love that. Plus it was lined with a soft jersey which is warm and cozy for my little miss. The color on the other hand made the new jumper look old and used, and worn. (much like many I have seen at the local thrift store) I really wanted to give it new life and make it something I loved… so I dyed it.

To start I removed the labels, I wasn’t sure if they would take the dye, so to be safe I took them off, then I liked them off and never put them back on, but you could if you wanted to.
For the dye bath I added about a half a cup of salt to a large bowl in my sink. Then in a glass measuring cup I measured 2 cups of hot (from my tap hot) water. Then I poured in about a half a packet of RIT dye in the color denim blue and I added about 1/4 of RIT dye in black. I added the black because I wanted to make sure it had enough darkness to it. Then I added 1 tablespoon of detergent to the mix and poured it over the salt. I then filled the bowl with hot water (again hot from my tap) and I got the jumper wet and then added it to the bowl. The Dye will dye anything, so use gloves, or be careful and be careful what else it touches. Then I let it sit for 30 min stirring every now and then. When 30 min was up rinse with cool water until the water runs clear and then wash with detergent I just washed it by hand since it was only one small jumper, but you could throw it in the wash, just wash it alone since it may still bleed color. Then dry. That’s it. (as a note like most darker denim it may bleed color for the first few washes so wash with like colors) 

I also wanted to add a little more interest to the jumper so I added an embroidered design to the bottom. To do this you can draw any design with a fabric pencil (they wash off) and then follow the line and stitch over it with embroidery floss.
Also usually thread is synthetic so it doesn’t take the dye, which I like since it increased the contrast between the denim and thread.

There you go, changing the color of denim is easy and works great! This would be quite helpful if ever you find a pair of jeans that you love but have a weird fading pattern on the butt, or thighs and I see all too often, or if you find an old slightly worn pair of jeans dyeing them will give them new life. Embrace your denim!
I am sure your little model will love your newly colored denim     
I am sure she can tell the difference 😉


Thanks so much Amy for the swap! 

Thanks so much Shauna!! Be sure to head over to Swhin & Swhin to see some AMAZING toddler outfits and enter Toddler Project Runway!

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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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