How to Make Pink Organic Natural Fabric Dyes

  • 01 of 08

    Create Natural Pink Dyes from Plants

    Pink petals
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    One of the most treasured colors in the plant world and by every little girl is pink. Fortunately, nature gives us an abundance of plants that produce pink dyes.  

    Learn how to create natural, organic pink dyes from plants and then use it to dye fibers and fabrics for your home, clothing and craft projects.

    To enhance your pink creations, you may want to add some additional home-dyed colors:

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  • 02 of 08

    British Soldier Lichens

    British Solider Lichens
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    The British Soldiers lichen, Cladonia cristatella, gets its name from its resemblance to the uniforms worn by English soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

    The lichens are found growing on decaying wood, mossy logs, tree bases and stumps. The lichens can be used when fresh or dried to create a pink to wine colored dye when boiled with water.

     

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    Cherries

    Cherries
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    The cherry tree, Prunus avium, produces most of the cultivated cherries available for our favorite cherry pies and cherry flavored goodies. The fruit can range from a light red/yellow to dark purple.

    To extract a pink dye, select a red or purple cherry and place the entire fruit in boiling water to cook until the fruit pops. This will extract the most colorant. Strain out the solids to use the liquid as a natural dye.

     

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    Grand Fir Tree

    Grand Fir
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    The grand fir tree, Abies grandis, also known as Giant Fir, Western White Fir or Oregon Fir is native to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. The bark is smooth and greyish-brown with white spots and blisters filled with gummy resin when young. The bark becomes furrowed and scaly with age.

    To extract a pink dye, the bark must be boiled with water.

     

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  • 05 of 08

    Pink Camellia

    Pink Camellia
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    Camellia, C. sasanqua, is one of the staples of the Deep South. Native to Asia, they are found from the Himalayas to Japan and Indonesia. 

    Camellias are evergreen and become small trees. Their flowers are usually large with five to nine petals. The colors vary from white through pink colors to red; truly yellow flowers are found only in South China and North Vietnam.

    Creating a dye bath of pink or red camellia blooms with lemon and salt will create a pink-magenta dye. You can experiment with other...MORE bloom colors or mixing reds and pinks to discover a range of dye colors.

     

     

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    Raspberries

    Raspberries
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    The raspberry, Rubus idaeus, is a perennial plant, with woody stems. The fruit can range from yellow to bright pink to dark purple. There are wild and cultivated varieties. The cultivation of raspberries in temperate areas of the world produce an important crop for jams, preserves and flavorings.

    To achieve a pink dye bath, boil the fruit of red raspberry varieties with water and then strain away the solids. Raspberries can be mixed with other red fruits to create a range of dye hues.

     

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    Roses and Lavender

    Roses Lavender
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    To achieve a brilliant pink dye, you need a combination of pink or red rose petals, Rosa, and purple lavender, Lavandula. The combination of the flowers, combined with lemon juice, will produce a lovely pink dye bath when steeped together in hot water. The flowers can be fresh or dried. Strain away the solids when you are ready to dye.

     

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    Strawberries

    Strawberries
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    The garden strawberry, Fragaria ananassa, is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is known for its bright red color and wonderful aroma. It is, of course, one of the favorite flavors in preserves, juice, baked goods and ice cream.

     

    To create a pink dye bath, you can use store-bought strawberries, wild strawberries or those from your garden. Simply boil the fruit with water and crush lightly to release the color. Stain out the solids and the dye is ready to use. Follow the tips for...MORE properly dyeing yarns and fabrics and then expand to create more colors.