• Dying canvas aprons

    My sister and I decided that we wanted to try our hand at decorating some of those canvas aprons that you can buy at Wal-Mart. You know, the ones that come in a package of three and are priced at $10.97 for the package. They are sold in the fabric and crafts section of the store. So we went ahead and bought a package of aprons, and a bottle of Rit Dye.

    This was the second time I’ve used Rit Dye, and I knew that it was not very hard to do. There are two options, to use a bucket, or the automatic washing machine. I opt to use the washing machine. I think it is easier to use, with less clean-up involved.

    I decided to put the aprons in lingerie bags, to keep the apron strings from getting hopelessly tangled in the washer and/or dryer. That seemed to work nicely, and the Dye process went smoothly. Until I started to inspect the aprons closely. There were a lot of places that the binding product that was used to create the apron strings had pulled away from the canvas, and the canvas had started to ravel. They looked terrible.

    I was sorely disappointed and ended up returning the aprons to Wal-Mart, along with the empty Rit dye bottle. They were nice enough to refund my money on both the aprons and the Rit dye. At least the return process was hassle-free, but I was so disappointed that the aprons had needed to be returned. Seems to me that aprons that are supposed to be for decorating should be able to withstand the dying process!

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