Happy New Year everyone! 2021 just began, but I am already getting started on crafts for the summer/fall craft fair season. Today's blog is about tie-dye, as well as how to package something for selling.
I received a tie-dye kit for Christmas from my husband; this kit is merchandise of one of my favorite Youtubers. I picked up a 6-pack each of crew and low-cut socks from Target. The socks were both at least 65% cotton as dye will usually not be absorbed well by other materials.
I washed the socks once before dying them and left them damp from the washer. You can typically tie-dye with either wet or dry fabric. I'm not an expert, but my understanding is that using wet fabric typically means that the dye absorbs better, but the colors may end up being a bit softer after washing. I prepared my craft room floor and got to tying. I did the classic tie-dye spiral for the larger socks and just one small "dot" tie for the low socks. You'll notice that there are 6 pairs of each type of socks, but I only end up with 5 finished products. I kept one pair of each for myself. I'm wearing one pair as I type this!
The color combos I went with were yellow/pink, yellow/green/blue, blue/pink, pink/green/blue and two rainbow sets.
I wrapped up the socks in cling wrap and let them sit and then washed and dried them twice to remove extra dye. Now it was time for packaging. I had the idea of making boxes with the matching pairs of high and low socks. I found these boxes on amazon and thought they were a great price and size.
Then on to the labels. I printed out some labels explaining the contents of the boxes as well as what colors the socks were. I then took some watercolor and added some color which matched the contents of each socks box.
I also took a Polaroid picture of each set of socks so that people could easily see what they looked like without opening the boxes.
I put each set of socks in the boxes, nestled in a piece of tissue paper. I then used some tulle to tie up the boxes and tucked the labels and pictures under the tulle.
I did up the other 4 boxes in the same way and there you have it! I now have 5 sock boxes ready to go for the craft fair season! I think that packaging is often just as important as the product itself. I think many people would see a pair of socks and think they were cute, but not buy "just" a pair of socks. A nice box, bow and catchy title can often make the difference between making a sale or not. So take care to ensure that your packaging is as cute as the product itself!
I am a 27-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!