Dye in Style DIY Round Up

I love Tie Dying! It looks so wonderful and you can get such wacky results!

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Ok, so you’ve probably heard about dip dyeing. The technique has been around for ages, but it’s picked up a lot of steam in the past few years with the resurgence of the DIY movement. We actually LOVE to dip dye at M&J, and one of our upcoming Halloween DIYs features the method! But since we’re holding the Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway, we thought you might need a few more dyeing options with all of that RIT Liquid Dye you might receive. Here are a few of our favorites.

Swell Mayde Tie Dye Pants

These tie-dye jeans by SwellMayde are awesome! She used a sponging technique to get that abstract pattern. We wonder what this would look like using greens and taupes. Tie-dye camo anyone?

Playful Learning All Natural Dye

Want to know how to get a yellow this bright? Look in your spice drawer! Turmeric, and other natural items, were used to dye these clothes. Just make…

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Tie Dyed Scarf DIY

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SUPPLIES

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Basic White Scarf
Bucket
Rit Dye
Rubber Bands

STEPS
Lay your scarf onto a flat surface.
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Slightly pinch the middle of your scarf.

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Once you have identified the middle region, begin twisting the fabric as shown.

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This will create a spiral tie dyed design.

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Carefully fasten your scarf with rubber bands making sure the folds stay intact.

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Dip your scarf into the dye saturating all areas.

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Squeeze any excess dye out of the scarf.

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Wash out your scarf until the running water becomes translucent. This will indicate the dye has set in and will not run.

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Take out your rubber bands and let your scarf dry.

ScarfBe sure to send us pictures of your creations!

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Go topless for recycling this summer

Recycle for Greater Manchester

That’s right; take the tops off your plastic bottles and glass bottles and jars before you recycle them and our Materials Recovery Facility, (or MURPHY as we like to call him) will happily continue to process your mixed recycling.  MURPHY gets into all sorts of bother when tops and lids get caught up in him, he also doesn’t like other bits and pieces that are not meant for him, such as watering cans, hose pipes old shoes and plastic bags are definitely not his thing!

Could you recycle more?

We would like everyone recycling this summer to help boost Greater Manchester’s recycling rate, it’s 40% and we have a target of 50% by 2015, so get involved with the challenge andpledge to recycle more and you could win £200.

Now it’s summer time and holiday season is upon us, recycling might not be the first thing on our minds, but…

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Helping out with the flooding in Calgary.

As many of you know Calgary was recently subjected to severe flooding. So i’m from England and i have cousins in Calgary. Luckily they are a lot higher up than where the flooding was. So we went over there to visit. And one afternoon we decided to go and help out with the cleaning up process. The house we went to was pretty seriously flooded, the owner hadn’t wanted anyone to help him and so he’d left his basement for about a week until the fire brigade had pretty much forced entry and coaxed this guy into letting volunteers into his home. Everything down there was pretty nasty. Everything was destroyed pretty much and the water was toxic so we were sent down there with masks, glasses and gloves. I don’t think i’ve seen so many volunteers. There were ladies dragging cool boxes and wagons of food and drink for the volunteers. The effort shown by these people just shows the love that these people have for their neighbours that they’ve probably never met. And this is through the entire city. There were thousands of people going to high river to help people move their stuff out of their houses because they’d been condemned. One family in particular that my aunt went to help had 48 hours to get their stuff from their home because it was going to be bulldozed. So many people lost everything. I really hope that these people find a way to rebuild their lives.

Waste not…Swap!

I have always wanted to do one of these! It’s such a great idea! This might even work with a group of friends!

Recycle for Greater Manchester

–Tina Harding, our in house Communications Officer discovers retail therapy that doesn’t break the bank. A swapping match made in heaven!

Waste Not Clothes Swap flyer

After turning my wardrobe upside down (quite literally), I decided to do a brutal cull of the clothes I couldn’t remember ever wearing, some of which I’ve hoarded for an age and a half. If you are like me, you get a bit attached to your clothes and try to think of any excuse under the sun (or rain) for why you should keep them for another ten years.
I have no shame in saying that the fashion police would have a field day; with some of my clothes falling under the categories of ‘what were you thinking?’ ‘ooh that’s a bit short’ and ‘only worn once and never again.’
However, instead of bundling them up and taking them straight to the textile bank at the recycling centre or…

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Oh my gosh it’s all over!

So a few weeks back we finally held the fashion show! It went really well and all the outfits looked amazing! We raised £219.80 or $343.04. 🙂 I was quite impressed though i did have help from my beautiful organised mother and none from my teachers i’m glad we managed to pull it off! I have also now finished all my exams which i’m very excited about. I can go crazy or just sleep between the hours of 9 and 3 because i don’t have to be anywhere! 😉 Until I have to work in the afternoon but it’s cool.

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Just for the laughs 😉 Have a good friday!