My "Paint it Purple" Prefold Diaper Tutorial in Honor of Welch’s National Nutrition Month

“If you can’t beat them, join them.” Stains, that is. When brainstorming my Welch’s activity for this blog tour I hemmed and hawed, and felt like everything creative had already been done. Painting with it, cooking, and with easter around the corner: dyeing eggs. What could I possibly do that was original, unique and reflected my family here at The Cloth Diaper Report? Then it hit me that the perfect project for me to tackle with grape juice would be to dye a cloth diaper with it. Duh! 

I chose to use a prefold, because they are relatively inexpensive, tend to only come in white or natural colors and the natural fibers would soak up the color well. I chose a bleached Chinese prefold as the purple grape juice would show up better on a white template and it also had some light staining on it. Although I could set it in the sun to bleach out, why sun it when you can “Paint it Purple”

First I read up on dyeing in general, because I have never dyed fabric with grape juice or any other dye for that matter. The closest application I found was tie dyeing a T-shirt, so I loosely followed the steps, but skipped the salt water prep of the fabric (make sure to simmer your diaper or shirt in salt water first if you want to ensure it soaks up the grape juice best). I also used the microwave instead of the stove top, which I did to save time and it also gave me the flexibility to step away if I needed to tend to the kiddos. So I can’t attest to how long the color will last compared to other dying methods, but it is a fun project to add a splash of color to your prefolds or cover up stains without using any harsh acid dyes that would be against your baby’s bottom. 

So the following is my tutorial for “tie” dyeing a prefold diaper in the microwave. You are welcome to try tie dying designs with rubber bands for a truly tie dyed prefold as well as do this on the stove top, but I chose to keep it simple as it was my first shot at dyeing any fabric. If you want to tie dye it, prep the prefold with the rubber bands after step one:

1. Gather your materials. I recommend a microwavable bowl with a handle, but any clear glass bowl would work well. I prefer a clear bowl, so you can see the prefold from all angles during the dyeing process. You will also need a spatula or wooden spoon for the stirring and pressing and plastic gloves if you are worried about your hands getting a little purple on them. 

2. Place the prefold in the bowl and cover with one part grape juice and two parts water. If you want a significantly darker shade of purple, you may want to reverse it by using two parts grape juice and one part water. 

3. Microwave for 10-20 minutes, pulling it out every few minutes to stir and press down the prefold. I believe the theory is the longer it simmers, the more of the color the fabric will take on. 

4. Let the prefold continue to soak for 4-6 hours or overnight. Again, the length of time you simmer it in step three and soak it will depend on the shade of purple you are going after, and remember the color will appear darker when it is wet, so make it a little darker than the final shade you desire. 

5. Remove prefold from the glass mixing bowl and wring it out over the sink (this is the step where you may want the plastic gloves, although I didn’t use any and my hands are just fine). 

6. Wash the prefold, separately, in the laundry machine. Then put it in the dryer or hang dry. 

7. Ta da! You have a pretty “Paint it Purple” prefold to use, decorate with, wash the car with or whatever you choose (using it to wash the car is actually not a bad idea if you’re done diapering your kids). Mine turned out a light lavender color, which in the pictures looks more grey than purple, but you can tell it’s purple in person. 

CAUTION: There is a good chance that this prefold will continue to bleed when washed in the washing machine, so you may not want to wash it with other clothing or diapers. If you dye all your prefolds you don’t have anything to worry about, but I have to let you know so you won’t paint anything else purple! Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but my prefold is a lighter shade of purple so I’m not overly concerned.

Want to continue to get creative? Try other foods as dyes for your prefolds or clothing like beet juice for a pink hue or tumeric for a yellowish orange. I have not personally tested these out, but think of the foods that stain and are a dickens to get out in the wash are a good bet and this is a unique way to embrace them! And if nothing else consider all of the above for your egg dyeing this spring season. Welch’s has also provided health information and other tools on their website in honor of Nutrition month in March. You can also read some tips about nutrition and the importance of knowing your family’s heart history below and visit Welch’s online for additional tools, recipes and more. 

Welch’s National Nutrition Month tools:
Diet and exercise affect your heart but so do your genes. That’s why it’s important to understand your family’s heart health history. Welch’s is helping spreading heart healthy awareness with its Welch’s Family Vine Tool, which enables families to trace their personal health histories and share the results among relatives. For more visit,
The Grape Science Center is a valuable resource to learn about the growing Concord grape research in areas like heart health, cognitive health, immune system health and more. For more information on the science behind the Concord grape’s health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center

In addition to promoting heart healthfulness, Welch’s has prepared recipes and other tips for creating tasty meals and snacks with vibrantly colored fruit. Find these and more at the Welch’s Recipe Box or via Please also direct readers to the Welch’s Twitter Handle:@Welchs and Facebook Fan page at: 

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Welch’s and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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