Today I’m going to share with you the tutorial for my Cheesecloth Pumpkin.
You might remember them from my Fall Mantel.
I have been wanting to dye some fabric for a while, specifically cheesecloth. Probably because it’s so cheap I just wanted to figure out how to use it : )
Now that I have done it I can say two things about it:
- Dying fabric is not as difficult as it seems
- I LOVE cheesecloth
I’ve said it a 1,000 time, but I am in LOVE with fall! Really… I am. I know I talk about it a lot these days, but there wasn’t exactly a fall time in Texas so it is so new and exciting to me! I could watch the leaves fall all day long!
So do you want your own cute little cheesecloth pumpkin? Here is what you will need:
- 1 pkg of cheesecloth (got mine at walmart)
- 1 bottle of orange rit dye
- small amount of fabric to go under the cheesecloth
- yarn or twine for the stem
- Rit Dye Instructions can be found on the bottle or here
First thing you do is prepare the cheesecloth. I just followed the instructions on the bottle, but I have an HE machine, so I’ll share with you how I did it since it seemed to work for me ; )
You want to put your cheesecloth in the machine already wet, so I just soaked mine in the sink and put it in there already wet.
Then you will need to dilute the dye. So, again following directions, I poured 1/2 the bottle into 4 cups of the hottest tap water I could get. (I had to do this in two separate batches because my measuring cup was only two cups – 1/4 bottle + 2 cups and then repeat one more time)
Then just pour it in where you normally put detergent.
It can get a little messy, so if you have pretty rugs underneath, you might want to move them, or put something under cause I got a little on my floor pouring it in. Luckily this is my laundry room……
I know, you’re jealous right? : ) At least it’s a laundry room, even if I forget about all my clothes down in the basement ; ) Plus I don’t have to worry about a little dye on the floor! Ok, moving on….
Then I just set my washing machine to whitest whites and added in a soak time and extra rinse. Again, please make sure to follow the directions on the bottle!
Then I dried it, and that was it!
See…..really not that difficult! : )
Cheesecloth Pumpkin Tutorial
I just took a paper bag and crumpled it up and shaped it how I wanted. Then I wrapped it up in some off white flannel material I had lying around.
Wrap the cheesecloth around that and trim as necessary. Then wrap yarn or twine around the “stem” and tie it off.
So take a peek at my Fall Mantel and see how it turned out.
You can also check out my other fall projects:
Please follow the directions, I am only providing a guide on what worked for me. I cannot be held liable for following this tutorial. Please do not do anything you feel uncomfortable with and always check with the manufacturer.