If you’ve ever peeled a beet you know how impossible it is to finish the job without staining your hands perfectly pink. Here is a way to use that pinkness to your benefit. It's always nice to use every little bit of a veggie so use your beet peelings for a fun summer project.
Bunting is the cute triangle banners that have been popping up all over pinterest these days. This is a very easy project that can be done over the course of a couple days (make sure to leave lots of time for drying).
Roll an old white t-shirt up tightly and secure with rubber bands. The more interesting the folds in the roll the more interesting the resulting tie-dye pattern.
In a saucepan combine beet skins, water and your t-shirt bundle. Make sure the water covers the shirt. Simmer for one hour checking the colour every so often. Keep in mind the colour will be slightly lighter after drying.
If you want yo use your beet dyed cloth for something that needs to be washed or you are concerned with the dye sticking to the cotton, the shirt can be prepped with a fixative by boiling it in a 4:1 water to white vinegar for an hour.
After simmering your t-shirt for an hour fish it out and let it dry in the sun for as long as possible. I left mine for about 3 hours. Then remove the rubber bands and let your shirt dry fully.
Meanwhile make your template using cardboard.
Once the shirt is dry trace your template then cut out all your triangles. Leave approximately one inch around all sides. One side of your shirt may have more colour than the other make sure to trace your triangles on the side you do not want to show.
Sew all edges of all three side of each triangle insuring you have left a large enough pocket at the top to slide your thread through.
Using a permanent marker write your message on the bunting.
Use embroidery or other large needle to thread your triangles on to a string or ribbon. I used embroidery thread.
Welcome summer into your home!