Hand Dyed Seam Binding
I love using colored seam binding in my vintage junk journals. It makes a nice embellishment on tags and adds a feminine touch to closures too.
I use Hug Snug seam binding.
There are many helpful tutorials on YouTube for coloring seam binding. You can even use coffee or tea, juice crystals (Kool Aid), or natural juices from beets and other fruits/vegetables. Here's a video by Lindsay the Frugal Crafter that shows how to use homemade color sprays.
I've tried a few different methods and my favorite is with Gelatos by Faber Castell and more recently, Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. I find the seam binding comes out much softer than when it's colored with ink sprays. I love the new Distress Crayons, there are so many ways they can be used.
I got this idea from Yvonne White on YouTube. First I moisten and crinkle my seam binding on a craft mat. Then I scribble the mat with my crayon and give it a few spritzes of water. I then take my wad of damp seam binding and 'wipe' all the crayon away with it, moving the seam binding around to soak in all the wet crayon mixture. Finally, I leave the seam binding on paper towels to let it dry. Done!
More Hand Colored Seam Binding
Here's another way to color your seam binding. This will give it a more opaque color that sprays and gelatos.
The process is simple and just like the gelatos method I posted about before. All you need is a craft mat, a mister with plain water, your length of seam binding in white or cream, and a bottle of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in your favorite color.
1) Spray your seam binding with water and set aside.
2) Dab some Distress Paint on your mat and then spray it with a bit of water.
3) Swirl your wad of seam binding in the paint and then wring it out when it is completely colored.
4) Clean your mat and either dry your seam binding naturally or use a heat gun.
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