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DIY Ombre Swaddle Blankets

We're going to have a little boy joining our family soon! The girls are so excited, and I thought it'd be fun to do a little project where they could make something for him. When I saw this tutorial, I thought it was perfect! The ingredients are so simple:

Most tutorials used Rit Dye, which makes it especially easy with over 500 color "recipes" on its website. It also includes thorough instructions. You need a large bucket (or stainless steel sink with a stopper), some plain swaddles, whatever color dye you want, salt, dish soap, and lots of hot water :). 


First things first, I made sure the top of the blankets were even, and then put a rubber band around the tops to make them easier for me (and my 4-year-old) to hold. 

Then we rinsed the blankets with warm water. Since I was going for an ombre effect, I didn't bother submerging the whole thing, but just made sure as much as would be dyed was wet. Then for the dye! We filled the bucket with very hot water, added a tablespoon of dish soap and 1 cup of salt, and then our dye (about 1/3 bottle of aquamarine, and a tablespoon or two of navy blue). Stir it up! 


Since I didn't know exactly how dark this would be, I chose to start from the top with dyeing (some tutorials start at the bottom). So I quickly submerged it to the highest point I wanted, and started drawing it back up almost immediately. The dye was quite dark, so this worked well! Then we took turns holding it, leaving less and less blanket in the dye as we went on to make sure the bottom had a nice, dark hue. 

Some of the color came out with the rinses at the end, so don't worry if it looks too dark! When we were happy with the color range, I rinsed in thoroughly in warm water, and then in cold water until the water ran clear. (I was glad that we had been doing this whole project in the kitchen at this point - it was super easy to go from the bucket to the multiple rinses.) Then we put them in the washer on delicate, and hung them outside to dry. We couldn't be more in love with the result!

And I think they're going to get a lot of use before the baby even gets here :). 


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