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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.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Mom and Baby

 

Ready to shower love on someone near and dear to you for Valentine’s Day? We asked our friend Larissa, from Living in Color, to help us gather a collection of her favorite heart themed items that are perfect gifting on Valentine’s Day! Check out her top picks and read why she is all heart eyes for these goodies! Share your favorite Valentine’s Day items in the comments below 🙂

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
Tula ‘Love Sucre’ wrap conversion carrier
Madd Sailor Sweetheart Headband from Little Lilla Boutique
Golden Heart White Coffee Mug
Tula ‘Rainbow Hearts’ blanket set
Tula ‘Love Ardoise’ Torba
BP Heart-shaped sunglasses
Tula ‘Rainbow Hearts’ single blanket
Wild Hearts Tula baby carrier

It’s no secret – I’m a fan of all things hearts. Therefore, Valentine’s Day is extra special, in my book! I’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Mom and Baby. These items are sure to wow you with their practicality, colorful vibes, and chic monochrome tones. I personally own several and plan to utilize them to spread the Valentine’s Day cheer!

I started with sharing two of my favorite carriers from Baby Tula. One of them is ‘Love Sucre’, a wrap conversion carrier, and the other is ‘Wild Hearts’ a fully printed canvas! These make great, and long-lasting gifts and come with baby snuggles and sleepy dust! Along with the adorable carriers I included a darling sweetheart headband from Little Lilla Boutique, and an adorable white and gold heart mug for all of that mom fuel that’s needed!

All mamas need a stylish and functional (and heart-printed) bag, right? A Tula Torba helps stylishly store all of the gear moms (and babies) need, and some chic heart-shaped sunglasses! Lastly, a gift guide isn’t complete without some snuggly blanket options. I mean who doesn’t love a soft and cozy Tula blanket? Speaking of feeling snuggly…wouldn’t it be nice if the Tula blankets came in adult sizes? A little birdie may have told me about a special surprise coming soon! Be sure follow Baby Tula on Facebook for updates on that special surprise. 😉

Just in case you still aren’t sure what to buy your loved ones for Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that a Tula gift card is always the right answer! I hope you enjoyed this list of items, and hope you have a blast shopping for those special loved ones in your life.

Tula Style: Monochrome and Distressed Looks

When we are exploring what styles we want to include in our various collections of Tula products, we often look to current fashion for mom and baby. The distressed monochromatic look is one of our favorite for all seasons and we see it popping in different variations including clothing, accessories, nursery items and more. We put together some tips for perfecting a simple distressed look with your baby carriers, that will have you and baby looking super chic!

1. Choose One Distressed Item…

and work your outfit around it. For instance, if you have some amazing distressed jeans you’re looking to wear, pick a sophisticated monochrome Tula like Twiggy, Arbol or Love Noir Ring Sling to finish out the look.

2. Choose a Distressed Carrier…

… and do the opposite! A carrier like Wild Hearts or Jet with some distressing and texture will look great with a solid, dark denim chambray and a pair of black skinnies!

3. Add a pop of color!

All distressed monochromes will look great with a bright pop of color! Match your Jet carrier with a bright red lipstick, your Wild Hearts with a royal blue top, wear your Asteria with a bold red, or your blanket with a bright yellow jumpsuit for baby. Anything goes!

4. Or don’t, and keep it a cool monochrome.

The all black, white and gray look is the easiest way to look cool. Keep your shirt a neutral solid, throw on Jet, and let the print do all the talking.

5. Accessorize!

 

Pull the look together with accessories! Add in a matte black diaper bag, a little sparkle with a simple earring , and a solid black shoe. Don’t forget your coordinating Splatter Jet Blanket, and you’ve mastered your distressed look.

Show us your photos of how you wear your distressed monochrome by tagging us on Instagram, for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and our style boards on Pinterest!

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

 

 

 

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Day 12 :Ula’s Picks Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

Day 12 :Ula’s Picks Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

For our final gift guide in our 12 days of Holiday Gift Guides & Giveaways, we asked Baby Tula founder, Ula, to give us her pick’s for the holidays! Ula loves delightful patterns in soft or neutral colors and it inspires the designs used for Tula items. Along with a very special Tula Wrap Conversion Carrier, Ula selected items that she personally enjoys with her own children.

You can WIN all of Ula’s picks by entering on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Everyone is a winner with a special, one day 10% discount on our Tula Woven items (includes Woven Wraps, Wrap Conversion Ring Slings and Torbas). Use the code: ULA. Valid only on December 9th, 2016 PST.

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tula-love-asteriaFull Standard Wrap Conversion Carrier - Tula Love Asteria

Baby Tula Wrap Conversion Carriers are structurally the same as Tula Baby Carriers and are offered in the same sizes. However, these carriers are made with Woven Wrap material, lending them to the beauty and specialty of Baby Tula Woven Wraps. Wrap conversion Tulas were made for experienced babywearers who love the look and feel of woven wraps but want the simplicity of a buckle carrier.

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Ryle & Cru Holiday 2015 Studio PhotoshootRylee and Cru $150 Gift Card

A children’s line founded by illustrator Kelli Murray and inspired by her own little ones. Rylee and Cru merges art and imagination, offering unique and artistic clothing for the modern child. The collection consists of quality basics that are each hand garment dyed, giving them a soft vintage feel right out of the box. The shapes are comfortable and the fabrics are soft, making dressing easy for baby and mama.

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0b3a8618Slugs & Snails Unisex Tights

Bright Tights for Bold Boys and Girls! The original unisex tights company. Organic, ethical and pure luxury for little legs!

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land-of-nod-lifestyleThe Land of Nod - Freezy Dream Ice Cream Truck Tent

Kids won't always scream for ice cream. Although, we have no scientific data to back that up. But, we're certain they will scream when they see this ice cream truck play tent in their play room. It features handmade embroidered and patchwork details (including two awnings) so it looks just like the real thing.

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stonzStonz Toddler Booties (with waterproof and recyclable soles!)

Our new Toddler Booties have a waterproof bottom so toddlers could play outside even longer. The bottom is made of a durable, flexible material called PLUSfoam which is waterproof, recyclable, hypo-allergenic and non-bacterial. The booties have a soft, fleece lining so they can be worn with socks, slippers, shoes or bare feet - making them adaptable for most of the seasons!

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