Dyes for Cloth
suggested grade levels: K- 3
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|fruits, vegetables, nuts, leaves, bark (selection depends on desired color)||large metal pan||stove|
|white cotton fabric squares or clothing||strainer|
Wash your fabric square or article of clothing very well, and rinse thoroughly. Chop leaves, grind roots and stems, or crush berries (what you use depends on the color you wish to achieve). Soak the plant pieces overnight in enough water to cover. Ask an adult to help you boil the mixture slowly for one hour. Strain dye, removing the plant material. Dip cloth in water and wring out. Put cloth in the dye bath and cover. Ask an adult to help you simmer the cloth and dye slowly until material is the desired color. The color will lighten up as it dries. Let the cloth almost dry and then iron it smooth.
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