Behind the Scenes Archive

Spring 2017 LookBook

One of our longest-standing goals is to create carriers that not only look simple and personalized, but that also function in that way. Focused on the small, cheerful moments of childhood, our newest collection is whimsy yet wearable and on-trend. These four upcoming prints will be offered in all Tula Baby Carrier sizes: Free-to-Grow, Standard, and Toddler. Enjoy these images of the new collection, photographed throughout San Diego, and learn more about the Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier here! 

 

Tula Trends: Dye Your Tula Baby Blanket at Home

How To Dye Your Tula Baby Blanket at Home

Have you been dreaming of  a Tula Baby Blanket in your own favorite color? Well we asked a pro, Valene Hoover of Starry Skies Tie Dyes, to share some of her dyeing secrets on getting a truly one-of-a-kind baby blanket!

Hey everyone! My name is Valene Hoover and I helped create the little mom and pop shop, Starry Skies Tie Dyes (named after my daughter, Starlette and son, Skylo.) My husband, Justin Hoover, is the other half of the operation, but he understands that I have better people skills! We have been in business since 2014 dyeing baby wraps, ring slings, clothes, fabrics, and of course all the Baby Tula blankets and carriers! I feel Baby Tula made Cloudy Baby Carriers for dyeing addicts like myself! And those luxurious white bamboo viscose blankets…a dyer’s dream! With great pleasure, I have been given the opportunity to share a how-to step by step tutorial on our signature galaxy dye jobs and a basic vat dyeing tutorial for the novice dyer that wants to get their hands wet! Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions, I am always happy to help!

Galaxy Dyeing – Ice Dyeing

Galaxy (also known as ice dye) is when you layer dye and ice directly on the fabric to make a unique tie dye effect.

You will need:

  • Tula Baby Blanket (white or gray works the best) – I used Stars Leo
  • Blue Dawn dish soap or Synthrapol textile detergent
  • Soda Ash (Washing Soda or Ph Up can also be used)
  • Dye
  • Gloves
  • Small spoon
  • Grate
  • Tote
  • Ventilator mask
  • Plastic covering or garbage bag

How-to:

1. Prep your fabric by washing on hot with a 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap or Synthrapol.
2. In a separate bucket, mix 1 cup of soda ash per 1 gallon of hot water. Stir to dissolve soda ash. Once soda ash is dissolved, soak fabric for no less than one hour making sure fabric is completely submerged.
3. Take your fabric out of the bucket and squeeze as much access water out as possible. I personally just use my spin cycle on my washer to get the access water out.
4. Set up a grate with a tote underneath to catch your dye drippings. Put your fabric on top of grate, scrunching it together in a 2-D gathered pattern.

5. Sprinkle dye onto fabric using a spoon, salt shaker, tea strainer, etc. I decided to use 12 colors. I used Dharma Trading Co. Hot Hibiscus, Coral Pink, Daffodil, Lime Squeeze, Bright Green, Caribbean Blue, Lapis, Glacier Blue, Raspberry, Red Violet, Deep Purple, and Custom Colours Inc. Dark Black.
NOTE: I place my dye in different patterns each time I make a galaxy so they are all truly one of a kind. I allow complimentary colors to touch each other. The color wheel is a great tool to use when deciding where to place your colors. I usually start with my lightest colors first, then bright colors, then whatever blank space is left will get filled in with dark colors.

6. Add a thin layer of ice.
7. Let ice melt. Check the bottom to see if it has fully penetrated the fabric. If it hasn’t, add more dye and another thin layer of ice. 8. Once your fabric is completely saturated with dye and all ice has melted, cover with a piece of plastic or a trash bag and let the dye adhere to the fabric (batching) in a warm room (70-90 degrees is ideal) for a full 24-48 hours. Batching is crucial for vibrant colors.

9. Rinse your fabric with cold water for at least 5 minutes to get all of the soda ash out so the colors don’t transfer to other areas of the blanket. Switch to warm for another 10-20 minutes.
10. When your rinse is starting to look clear, soak your fabric in a tub, tote or bucket in hot water for a few hours. It is completely normal for your blanket to bleed for hours, sometimes even a day or two! Change water every few hours. I usually do at least 5 soaks.
11. Wash fabric 2-3 times in washer on a hot, gentle cycle with a 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn or Synthrapol.
12. Let fabric air dry.
NOTE: After you’re finished, I like to put the fabric in the dryer on fluff with 2 -4 tennis balls to soften it up again.

Want to add the ‘stars’ to finish it?
Add stars with your favorite non-dimensional fabric paint and a simple pointed paint brush. I personally use Jacquard Lumiere Pearlescent white, but Tulip works well also. Let fabric paint dry for 24 hours and then heat set stars with an iron.

FINALLY! Admire your hard work. You have successfully created a beautiful, one of a kind, handmade galaxy.

Vat Dyeing – Single Color Dye

You will need:

  • Tula Baby Blanket – I used Stars Leo
  • (2) 5 gallon buckets, trash cans, small totes or a sink
  • 2 cups of non-iodized salt
  • 1 1/3 cup of soda ash (Super Washing Soda or PH UP)
  • Dawn blue dish soap or Synthrapol
  • Mason jar or cup
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Gloves
  • Large stirring utensil
  • 1-2 packets of Dylon Dye, Tulip Dye or 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite procion dye (Dharma Trading Co., Custom Colours Inc., Jacquard, etc.)
  1. Wash your blanket regardless if it is new, used, or only used once. This is an important step that should not be skipped. This helps eliminate any barriers created in the factory or at your home that will cause the dye to not properly adhere to the blanket. One hot wash with a drop (1/8 teaspoon) of Dawn original blue dish soap or Synthrapol.
  2. Mix up 1 cup of soda ash or PH UP (PH PLUS, PH INCREASER, Super Washing Soda) per 1 gallon of warm or hot water. Let the soda ash fully dissolve. Add your blanket, making sure it is fully submerged. Let it soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Get your vat ready. Add 2 gallons of warm water. I use a 5-gallon Home Depot bucket, but a tote, small trash can or your sink works too. Add 2 cups of non-iodized salt. Let it fully dissolve.
  4. In a mason jar or any other small container, paste up your dye with 8 ounces of warm or hot water. Stir it as much as possible making sure it is fully dissolved. If it is not fully dissolved, it can create speckles of dye on your blanket.
  5. Pour your dye into your vat (sink, bucket, tote, etc.) Use your stirring utensil to stir your dye. Make sure the dye is fully dissolved.
  6. Put your damp blanket into the vat. Make sure your blanket is fully submerged and able to move freely.
  7. Stir, stir, stir! For best results, stir the entire time.
  8. Keep stirring! If you prefer a lighter shade, 30 minutes of constant stirring. If you prefer a deep or vibrant shade, stir for 45 minutes to one hour.
  9. The last 15 minutes of your stir time, slowly add your soda ash into the vat (1/3 cup.)
  10. Pull your blanket out of the vat and rinse all of the soda ash out for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Switch to warm water, rinsing for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Soak your blanket in the tub with hot water. Colors such as yellow or green will only need a short hot soak. Any color with turquoise in it will need a long hot soak to remove the loose dye that did not properly adhere to your fabric during the dyeing process. (Hot water is a mandatory step!)
  13. Wash your blanket in the washer on a hot, gentle cycle  with 1/8 teaspoon of Dawn or Synthrapol 1-2 times or until water is clear.
  14. Air dry your blanket.
  15. After dyeing, your blanket will feel stiff. Don’t worry, it just needs to be broken in again. I like to put the blanket on fluff in the dryer with 4 tennis balls.
  16. Admire your hard work and allow your baby to cuddle with your soft baby safe dyed blanket!

NOTE: For black, use three times the amount of dye, salt and soda ash. Make sure to use boiling water (120-150 degrees.)

 

Thank you Valene for sharing this awesome information! We hope that these helpful step by step instructions will give you the courage to try something fun and personalized! Please note: Baby Tula is not liable for any post-purchase modifications of any Tula product.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Baby Carrier Edition

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Baby Carrier

Don’t leave baby out at your ugly sweater party! Decorate your baby carrier for the ultimate holiday look! Try one of these quick and easy DIYs, or share your own in the comments!

garlandGarland Decor
What you’ll need:
– Tula Baby Carrier of your choice. We used ‘Olive’ Tula Baby Carrier
– Strand of garland
– Mini ornaments
– Tape

How to:
1. Tie garland around the base of the top strap
2. Loosely pull garland to the bottom of the opposite strap and tie it around
3. Loosely pull garland to the opposite end base of the strap and tie it around
4. Loosely pull garland to bottom waistband and tape the end of the garland inside the waistband to secure it
5. Once garland is secured in zig-zag pattern, attach mini ornaments along garland


bowsGift Bow Tree
What you’ll need:
– Tula Baby Carrier of your choice. We used ‘Delish’ Tula Baby Carrier
– Assortment of gift bows. Depending how big of a tree you want, we used 10 bows

How to:
1. Remove protective paper off sticky side of the tape
2. Starting from the top, place your biggest bow in the center at the height you desire
3. Work your way down creating your tree shape

 

 


bowPresent with Bow
What you’ll need:
– Tula Baby Carrier of your choice. We used ‘Urbanista’ Tula Baby Carrier
– Spool of wide gift ribbon
– Big ribbon bow
– Tape
– Scissors

How to:
1. Measure the height of your carrier from top to bottom and cut a piece of ribbon that length
2. Measure the width of your carrier from side to side a little higher than the center and cut a piece of ribbon that length
3. Use double sided tape to tape the ribbon to the carrier
4. Use double sided tape to tape a big bow where the ribbon crosses

 

 

 

Share your ugly Christmas sweater with us on our Instagram or Facebook!

Coronado: A Collaboration with Meeyoo Handwovens

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We are delighted to formally introduce our newest collaboration with Meeyoo Handwovens. ‘Coronado’ is a Girasol woven wrap designed by Angel and Cameo of Meeyoo. Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers will be beautifully crafted from this lovely woven design. ‘Coronado’ is a cascading combination of soft hues that is inspired by breathtaking views and memories of a beach-side visit. ‘Coronado’ is an exclusive Tula x Meeyoo design. We are honored to work with the incredibly creative women of Meeyoo: two sisters, and mothers, that embody the precious bond created by babywearing. Read below to learn how this collaboration came to life.

Meeyoo Handwovens is a small business, run by two babywearing sisters and best friends, specializing in hand crafted baby wraps. Angel and Cameo work from their homes in rural Ohio. With 8 children between the two of them, they have shared a passion for babywearing for many years. Their wraps are known for exquisite quality and gorgeous detailed combinations of colors that express a true labor of love.

Angel and Cameo have been wearing their babies in Tula Baby Carriers for more than 5 years. About 3 years ago, Ula posted in a group, asking what wraps people would like to see as wrap conversions. Being new weavers at that time, Angel and Cameo reached out to Ula and asked if she would like to convert some of their Meeyoo fabric into Tulas. Ula said yes, and so began the Meeyoo-Tula collaboration!

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Their unique and recognizable design used in their handwoven fabric prompted us to ask Meeyoo if they would create designs to be woven by Girasol and then converted into Tulas. This created a more accessible version of Tula wrap conversion carriers that had the unmistakable aesthetic of Meeyoo. The first of these was ‘Cameo’, followed by ‘Angelique’; both were named after the sisters. ‘Waimea’ was also designed by Meeyoo.

Cameo and Angel visited Ula in San Diego a couple of years ago. While there, Ula took them to an amazing lunch at Hotel del Coronado. It was their first trip to San Diego and they fell in love with the beach and the beautiful weather. When we asked Cameo and Angel to design more fabric to be woven by Girasol, ‘Coronado’ came to life. The production process was lengthy but we are so excited to welcome this meaningful design!

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From left to right: ‘Coronado’ in Creme de Nube weft, Gris Medio weft, and Cuervo weft

Tula ‘Coronado’ Wrap Conversions will soon be part of upcoming wrap conversion releases, hosted on www.babytula.com. Watch for announcements at our Facebook and Instagram pages.

You can learn about our Wrap Conversion Carriers from our past blog post.

Taking Great Holiday Photos

At Baby Tula we love the holidays for all the extra time we get to spend with our families! Whether it’s baby’s first Christmas, your older one is on break from school for a few weeks, or you’re traveling across the country to spend Hannukkah with your extended family, we know there will be LOTS of photo opportunities with baby this month. To help out, we’ve included some great ways to stage an adorable photoshoot, along with lots of cute inspiration.

 

Find a Cozy Space

In these photos, we simply have laid out the Tula Pointsettia Blanket set on top of a bed near a window. When you use a blanket as the backdrop, it doesn’t matter if your bedding matches, if the headboard is unique, or if the room is cluttered with present wrapping supplies (how do the bows end up on the dog every year?), all that really matters is some nice light, and a cute baby!

Dress your baby in something seasonal, like this onesie from Target, and grab the camera! Make some funny sounds, enlist the help of the older sibling to make them giggle, and shoot away!

 

 

 

Create a Spot for Older Babies and Toddlers to Sit

This could be by the Christmas tree, next to their cousin or sibling, or simply against a wall! We used a simple headboard, and taped the lightweight wreath to the wall, using translucent thread. We grabbed some glittery reindeer antlers, and let her sit and play! The wreath not only made a sweet and seasonal themed space, but gave baby something to interact with while she sat. She had too much fun!

Focus on the Details

In some shots, focus on their little noses, their tiny toes, or the toy they’re playing with. Grab some festive props for them to play with like this decorative garland, some Christmas lights, or a seasonal stuffed animal, and allow them to play while you shoot! (Just make sure you pay close attention to baby if you pose them with a strand of lights or garland, to ensure their safety at all times!)

Take Advantage of a Sleepy Baby

A sleepy baby may bum you out when you’re aiming for perfect photos, but a sweet slumbering infant is just the cutest! Lay baby back on a soft, safe space with no more props, and continue to photograph as they doze off. Maybe tuck them into a cuddly seasonal onesie like this one! Sweet dreams!

Have Fun!

The holidays are full of love and light! Enjoy spending time with your family, and enjoy capturing memories to remember these special times. Share your favorite holiday photos with your Tula Blankets for a chance to be featured on our Instagram or Pinterest!

Special thanks to our wonderful photographers at Acqua Photo for all of our beautiful photos, and for their creativity and dedication in picking the perfect props, outfits and locations! <3