Orange You Glad

Turtle got this very sweet Janie & Jack tunic last summer. Shortly thereafter, a mysterious ink-like stain appeared all over it. Did it get washed with a pen? Nothing else had ink on it. Who knows – really, there’s no telling what it was or where it came from.

It was such a cute shirt though, I hated to let it go. So I decided to dye it. Now, my only experience with dying fabric before now was this awesome tie-dye collection we did for our family Christmas card a few years ago. I thought they were too cute, and in fact I still wear that shirt on weekends.

Look at that little Turtle!!

I’ve been really into orange recently so I figured that was as a good a color as any to try out. Now, the package said to stir the garment in the dye solution for 15 minutes, then stir periodically for 45 more minutes. I don’t know about you, but that’s not my idea of a good time. So I stirred it for about 10 minutes then rinsed it out and hand washed it before letting it dry outside in the shade. And this is what we ended up with:

The dye is a bit streaky in spots, but nothing that’s all that noticeable. Of course, the white border is now orange too. No biggie.

The pink buttons are still, well, pink. Pink goes with orange, right?

All in all, not a bad outcome. At least we’ll get another summer of wear out of it, if for nothing more than a pool cover up.

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2 thoughts on “Orange You Glad

  1. Don't you just hate it when kids stain their clothes? It always seems like it's the nicer stuff too! Dyeing the top orange was a great save…it looks nice!

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