In this instructables I want to share with you how I "rescued" these old tablecloths.
Step 1: What You Need...
- old tablecloths (or some other textiles)
- colours for dying fabric + hot water
- salt (depending on your colour - check the instructions on the package!)
- rubber gloves
- plastic bowl (big enough to fit all your fabric in) alternative: washing machine
- rubber bands
- optional: marbles (these balls from glass you used to play with as a kid)
- optional: textil colours (for painting) + s.th. to protect the table you are working on
1-2 hours of free time ;-)
Step 2: How to Do It...
the batik techniques used:
- single circle: put one marble into the textil and fix it with the rubber band (s. picture)
- multiple circles: put one marble into the textil and fix it with several rounds of rubber band - leaving some space between the single bands
- "stripes": fold a small package from the tablecloth (as if you want to put it into the cupboard - but smaller), roll it up and fix it with several rubber bands.
If you feel like and use a light colour for the batik, you can paint the tablecloth before with textilcolour.
2) dye your fabric following the instructions which come with your colour!
The red tablecloths I did "by hand", mixing the colour with salt and hot water in a big plastic bowl and moving the fabric for around twenty minutes in it (the one with the circles and the more intense colour). The 2nd red one - the one with the "stripes" - I just put in and turned the package 3 or 4 times.
For the blue tablecloths I used the washing machine and did both of them at the same time.
3) Dry the cloths and enjoy ;-)
note: some of the spots are still visible - but they are not as eye-catching as on pure white cloths. Plus, they could be even intended!
But if you want to be sure that you cannot see the spots after dyeing, I would recommend to use as many marbles/patterns as possible... or use faultless fabric from the start!