DIY Dyed Fabric Ribbon

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DIY Dyed Fabric Ribbon: FolkArt® Ultra Dye and strips of natural fabric make for a simple way to add a pop of color and homemade love to gift boxes.  

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I love putting together homemade gifts. There is just something about giving and receiving a gift that boasts of the time and thought someone put into making it. Sometimes life can get busy and birthdays or anniversaries sneak up on me and I don’t have time to make something. I still like to add an element of “me” if I can.  This diy dyed fabric ribbon is just the type of special touch that is great when you are in a pinch.  It’s adds a pop of color to an ordinary box or package and can be made to match any color themed occasion.

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 Not only is this dyed fabric ribbon simple and cute but it is also easy on the budget.  I love to make a big batch of a bunch of different colors at once and then store them away for that unexpected event 🙂  I made these vibrant fabric ribbon strips with one of Plaid’s newest products the FolkArt® Ultra Dye. 

Here are some important facts you need to know before starting your project:

  • The dye is made for porous, unfinished surfaces like unfinished wood, baskets, burlap and natural fibers.  
  • It can be used with stencils. It’s a polymer based dye so it does not run as a typical dye normally does. 
  • This dye is intended for decorative projects and decor and it is best to be used on things that will not be getting wet. You can use the FolkArt Ultra Dye Satin Varnish for extra protection. You may also use a clear acrylic spray sealer.
  • There are 14 colors and you can mix colors together to create just the shade you need. 

For my project I used three shades of pink/purple.  I went with Hot Flash, Purple Rain and Raspberry Beret. How fun are those names?! 🙂 Plaid also created some special brushes that have Soft, Black Taklon® bristles for smooth application.


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Working with one color at a time, slowly brushes on the ultra dye.  You can fully cover the fabric or create more of a dry brush effect, which is what I did, and I love how it turned out!

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Hang or lay your fabric pieces to dry completely.  Store away for future use or tie around your gift. 

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Some other fun options would be to allow your ribbon to dry and then go back over it with a second contrasting color for a tie-dye look. You could also create a color block ribbon, simply dye one half of the ribbon one color and the other half another color.  You can also create some pretty ombre ribbons.  The possibilities are endless!

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Now to go dye some more fabric, baskets and some unfinished wood…. Nothing is safe friends 🙂

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This post is brought to you by Plaid. All opinions are mine. 

DIY Dyed Fabric Ribbon Made to be a Momma

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