31 Jul

Those of you who are already moms are probably very familiar with Aden + Anais and their amazing muslin swaddling blankets. They’re a true must-have for all new parents, and something you’ll use well into toddler-hood and beyond.

We love the patterns and colors Aden + Anais offer, but the fabric is so soft and natural that we couldn’t resist trying our hand at transforming them ourselves using three different dye and print techniques: indigo tie dye, ombre dip dye, and potato printing.

diy printed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

To get started with any of these projects, you need plain white swaddles, washed and dried. All of our dye supplies came from Dharma Trading Co.. If you dig around on their site you’ll find their fabric paints, fiber reactive dyes, and indigo dye; plus lists of all the additional components you need for each type of project. Make sure you read their lists carefully because you don’t want to start without one critical ingredient!

Potato Prints:

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

We ordered a ton of different fabric colors and then ended up mixing a few together to come up with the colors we envisioned. This project is nothing fancy at all. You just mix up your colors, cut out shapes from a russet potato, and stamp. It would even be a fun project for big brother or sister when preparing for a new baby in the house.

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

Simple, cute, modern. You can’t go wrong, if you ask us.

DIY potato print swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

Indigo Tie-Dye

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

There is nearly nothing so satisfying as dying with indigo. It’s seriously like magic, you guys. So fun and so many beautiful shapes and shades of blue… you’ll want to tie up everything white in your house and turn it blue. Perfect way to revive stained pajamas and tees.

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

If you buy the indigo kit, the instructions included will give you ideas for different ways to tie your fabric to yield different results. Part of the fun is experimenting… though it’s not a bad idea to try a round on less important fabric first so you can get a sense of how things work.

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

The kit comes with little latex gloves, but be sure to pick up a few pairs of heavy duty kitchen gloves.

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

See how the shot above is green? Indigo is green before it hits the air. Isn’t that crazy?

DIY indigo dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

We whole-heartedly encourage you to try this yourself, but be warned that it can be messy, it will turn your hands (and anything you splash) blue, and that it’s definitely not recommended with littles ones running about, unless you happen to have really obedient children.

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Ombre Dip Dye

DIY dip dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

Oh ombre. You are so beautiful. Since we had pretty blues with the indigo, we decided to find a perfect, coral pink (PR 14: Coral Pink on the Dharma site) for the ombre batch. We followed a tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens for our project and it really worked perfectly. We doubled (maybe tripled?) their recipe batch with no issues.

DIY dip dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY dip dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

DIY dip dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

It takes a little patience, especially with fabric as large as these swaddles, but we did figure out that you can dye two or three simultaneously by clipping them all together back to back.

DIY dip dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

They’re so pretty, even in the rinsing tub!

DIY dip dyed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

diy printed swaddles | 100 Layer Cakelet

Such a fun project. Hope some of you are inspired to try your own! These swaddles really are perfect for any dye project you have in mind. And wouldn’t they make such beautiful, thoughtful shower gifts? We’re going to be doing a lot more dying over here, that’s for sure.

All photos by Scott Clark Photo.

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Comments

  1. I LOVE this!!!!! I wish my little guy was still small enough to swaddle so I could make some myself. I’ll have to find something else to work with…..maybe onesies? Love the indigo!

    Alia

  2. I’ve been waiting for you to post the indigo DIY since I saw Kristina instagram it a while ago. I’m afraid it is too messy for me to try in my small space with my kiddo and a white couch BUT I’m pinning and saving it for “someday.” Love all 3 swaddles!

  3. I love these! My baby girl is a week old today, so if I make one it has to be soon because they grow so quickly!

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