A Guide on How to get that Pretty Pink!
Written by Founder, Gemma Moses
You may have seen our gorgeous pink Avocadeau bags that we have been using for our exclusive Mother’s Day sets – these have been hand dyed by us using the pits of avocados, how cool is that!
It’s pretty amazing the colour that comes out of the pit – the red colour is actually due to the high content of tannin. Tannin binds really well to natural fibres, which is why it makes such a great dye!
We thought we’d give you the run down on how to get the gorgeous pink…
Here’s what you need:
8 x avocado pits (you’ll need at least 3 per pound of cotton so adjust accordingly – the more you use, the stronger the colour you’ll get)
Fabric for dying (approx. 2 pounds) – we used our Avocadeau cotton bags, but you can use any fabric that you like!
A large dyeing pot (we used a large saucepan), this needs to be heatproof
A wooden spoon
How to dye:
- Place your chosen fabric into the dyeing pot
- Fill the dyeing pot with cold water – enough to cover the fabric
- Gently wash the avocado pits with water to remove any remaining avo flesh
- Place the avocado pits into the pot
- Place the dyeing pot on the stove on a high heat
- Simmer for 20-40 minutes and watch in amazement as the water turns a deep maroon colour!
- Stir the fabric using a wooden spoon, making sure all parts are covered
- Turn off the heat and leave the fabric to dye overnight
- In the morning, carefully remove the fabric from the dyeing pot using a wooden spoon – you may want to use gloves to do this!
- Rinse the fabric thoroughly, then wash with a mild detergent to get rid of any excess dye
- Leave the fabric out to dry
- Once the fabric has dried you will be left with a gorgeous pink colour!
If you do give this a go please send us your pics! We’d love to know how you got on.