Naturally dyed fabric wrap

Upcycle old cotton and linens with natural dye to make your furoshiki wrap ideal for Mothers Day or spring birthdays. The wonderful thing about this craft is the wrap will be reusable to whoever is lucky enough to receive it!

You will need:

  • Fabrics such as cotton or linen (anything natural)
  • Berries such as strawberries and raspberries will make a pink dye
  • Pan
  • Sieve
  • Bowl

Note: You can prep the fabric to absorb the berry dye more effectively by simmering the linen (or other natural fabric) in a pot with 1 part salt to 16 parts water. You’ll need enough for your fabric to be soaked through and covered so it depends on how much fabric you are dyeing but keep in mind the 1 to 16 ratio to work this out. Simmer for 1 hour before removing it from the pan, you can add to the dye whilst still wet.

To make:

1. Gather your fruit for the dye. I used 200g raspberries and 100g of strawberries which dyed 2 metres of fabric.

2. Prep your fabric by cutting to the size you’d like your fabric wrap to be. It’s easier to dye each piece at a time rather than trying to dye metres of fabric in the bowl.

3. Boil your fruit in 1 litre of water and simmer for 30 minutes to create your dye. You’ll be able to tell when all the colour has been absorbed from the fruit as they tend to look beige and mushy.

4. Pour the dye through the sieve into the large bowl and leave to cool (At this stage you can pop your dye into a Kilner jar if you want to use it later in the week).

5. Submerge your fabric into the dye, the longer you leave the fabric in the dye the deeper the colour. It’s quite fun to explore this and keep a dye diary with snippets of your different hued fabric with a note of timings. For a light pink something like 5 minutes will work, deeper tones you can leave for an hour or a few and the darkest pinks leave overnight.

6. Hang your fabric to dry.

7. When it comes to wrapping your gift, place it in the middle of your fabric at a diagonal angle.

8. Pull opposite corners to the centre and tie tightly.

9. Pull the two remaining corners together and tie in a knot to secure, you could even pop a piece of foliage or flower through the knot for a floral touch.

Project by Becki Clark