Friday, March 18, 2011

Dyed Seam Binding Tutorial

Hello friends!
Today I am sharing a tutorial for how I easily dye seam binding to use in my crafting.

For this you will need:

Seam Binding, I recommend Hug Snug (found here)
Distress Ink
spray bottle
heat gun, embossing gun or blow dryer

First Start by cutting off strips of seam binding. I cut several sized strips at a time.

Now pick out the Distress Ink color you want. I am using Old Lipstick.
The reason why I use Distress ink is that it has great coverage and the ink reacts with water, meaning it's not a permanent ink. So when we add water the ink will spread and cover your ribbon.

Now take your ink pad and rub it across the ribbon. If you want a dark color rub the ink across both sides. If you want a lighter more antique color just rub it across one side. As you rub you will have patches that are darker or lighter, that is fine. It will spread and I really like the effect it has.

Now spray your ribbon with water. I am using a mini mister, but any spray bottle will work. Spray until the color starts to spread, turning the ribbon over and over until it's fully saturated. Now you can ball it up in your hand if you want it to have a wrinkled, antique look.

Now use your heat gun to dry the seam binding. You can also air dry.

It has a beautiful shine when it dries!

Now it's ready to use in your craft projects! The seam binding makes the prettiest bows!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try it!



Diane Mars said...

Hey Girls Thanks for the tutorial I have never used the distress Ink yet But I will have to get me some! oxox, Diane

Catherine said...

Thank you for the tutorial.I love your yoyo tags;

Theresa said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Your tags are gorgeous! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Michelle said...

THANK YOU!!!! I have wanted some of this seam binding but didn't want to pay what was being charged on the Etsy sites! I am in search of the seam binding to make!! I have some TH inks. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Jacqueline said...

That Distress Ink is magical in your hands. I think of you every time I see it at Michaels!

Sent you a Barbie Email! Yip, Yip, Yah!

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

OOOOOOOOO--i have a whole roll of vintage white rayon seam binding!! Off to get some more distress inks in colors!!!
Thanks for the tutorial!!

Nyoka said...

Thanks so much for the tut!! Its a great idea! I love the distress inks.. I use them for a soft edge to my vintage images and cards...
God bless!

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh!! I have that ink and I have white bias tape!! I am going to try that as soon as I find a spray bottle that is empty. Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...


Cindy said...

Thanks for this tute. I hadn't thought to use distress inks.

Ronda said...

Hi Lyndsey, I love you and your Mom's blog. Where can I purchase the seam binding that you demonstrated distress ink coloring with?

Shopgirl said...

This looks like so much fun...I will have to give it a try.
Hugs, Mary

Anne Fannie said...

Very nice tutorial.
I also like to just crinkle it. I tie it in a wad, wet it and throw it into the dryer. It comes out great!

Fork said...

This is a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

Country Dreaming said...

Super cool idea!!!
Love the color and shine.


KatCollects said...

I love the color of the ribbon. Great idea, thanks.

Heidi said...

I already love all the seam binding colors! But this is a fun way to make use of the colors I have for some I maybe don't have! I do also love the Distress Inks--I use them daily!
Hugs, Heidi

Aubree said...

Great idea!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!!

Honeygo Beasley said...

That's a wonderful tutorial. Pretty color, too. Thanks!

Jane said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! Hadn't thought of that, but will definitely give it a whirl now!