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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Baby (or cat) sling! on: September 21, 2006 11:34:48 AM
Great job! Affordable, easy gift idea for new parents-- and you can get whatever fabric fits the parent's style...

I must be at that time of life where all my friends are engaged/getting married-- I'm expecting a slew of babies within another year!  I may not have ideas for wedding gifts, but now I know what baby-presents I'll make!  Grin

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying Ikea slip cover? on: September 21, 2006 06:47:20 AM
I've dyed an all-cotton slipcover-- with limited success-- from off-white to some ugly peachy-brownish-orange to a bad faded-looking blue... I used RIT dye (available in craft store, grocery stores, target). 
No matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get the color dark enough.  I wanted a rich burnt-orange and got the color of cat vomit.  And, if I remember correctly, the navy was supposed to be black.  I didn't have to live with the ugliness for long: our apartment had a 'poo flood' (that's right-- sewage! everywhere!) and the boy could no longer argue against a new couch. 
That said, the dye job was relatively painless (washing machine method) and the color (albeit too pale for my taste) was even.   I think if you want a lighter color, you'll be happy with the results.
I also know there are fabric dyes that allow you to paint patterns and such-- not just an all-over dye like RIT.. but I've never used any.  Maybe just go to a craftstore, check out options, experiement.. and if all else fails, the Klippan slipcovers (from IKEA, not Bemz) aren't too pricey ($100ish?)..
Good luck!
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