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Eco-Friendly DIY: How to use a But First, West Natural Dye Bandana Kit

Updated: Jun 20

Are you looking for a fun and eco-friendly way to personalize your hankie? Dyeing your own bandana is a creative and sustainable option that allows you to add a pop of color to your wardrobe while reducing your environmental footprint. In this step-by-step guide with our sweet friends Beaux + Oatie, we will show you how to dye your own But First, West bandana using our flower dye kit, creating a unique and vibrant accessory that you can proudly wear. We hung out with Beaux + Oatie to hear more about this brand new product on the BFW store front and here's what they had to say about it:

"The process was actually simpler and easier than I expected-- I had never naturally dyed anything before so the entire thing was new to me!" - Valerie, Beaux + Oatmeal

But First West: Why is choosing more sustainable options such as organic cotton bandanas and natural dye fibers important to you?

Valerie, Beaux + Oatie: Choosing sustainable options like organic cotton and natural dye fibers is a game-changer for the environment and our health. When you go for organic cotton, you're saying no to harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, which means cleaner soil and water. Plus, natural dyes skip the toxic chemicals found in regular dyes, helping to keep our rivers and oceans safe. These choices not only support the planet but also promote better health and fairer wages for farmers and workers. By making these mindful decisions, we can all contribute to a greener, more ethical industry and feel good about the products we buy.

But First West: Tell us a little overview of your process of naturally dying your bandana.

Valerie, Beaux + Oatie: The process was actually simpler and easier than I expected-- I had never naturally dyed anything before so the entire thing was new to me! I was nervous that the dyeing process would be messy and stain all of the surfaces that the dye fibers touched. However, at the end, there was little to no clean up involved and none of my kitchen surfaces or tools were stained. My favorite part was sprinkling the flower petals and plant material on the bandana!

But First West: Were you happy with the fibers given to you to complete this dye process? What was most surprising to you?

Valerie, Beaux + Oatie: I loved all of the various dye fibers provided with the kit-- there was such a good assortment of colors and tones! The most surprising thing to me was how little of the dye fibers I actually needed to achieve the intensity of color I wanted. It was also so interesting to see how each different flower petal/plant material dyes.

But First West: Did you stray from the instructions at all and try something unique? If so, what did you do differently? If not, do you think you would purchase a second kit to pattern dye differently a second time?

Valerie, Beaux + Oatie: I didn't stray from the instructions because it was my first time and I just didn't want to mess anything up. The instructions were very easy to follow and understand. I would definitely purchase a second kit and try folding it differently to create a different pattern (i.e. fold it in half diagonally, rolling it up differently, etc).

But First West: Do you think this would make a good gift?

Valerie, Beaux + Oatie: I think this would make a great gift. It's a fun process and a perfect way for the gift recipient to customize the bandana to their liking. I will even have to borrow this bandana myself as a head or hair scarf!


Materials Included in the But First, West Dye Kit:

  • Natural Organic Cotton Bandana (S/M or L/XL)

  • Variety of natural dye fibers

  • Instructions

  • Twine

Additional Tools Needed:

  • A cooking pot

  • Steamer basket or other item for steaming (metal colander, wire cooling rack, etc.)

  • Tongs

  • Bucket or bowl for rinsing

  • Hand Gloves

  • Safety glasses

  • Apron

Step 1: Prepare Your Workstation

Gather all your materials in one place to create a designated dyeing area. Protect your work surface with an old beach towel or table cover to prevent any accidental spills or stains.

Step 2: Arrange the Fibers

Follow the instructions on the flower dye kit to arrange your natural fibers across the bandana. Make sure to use safety protection at all times during process such as glasses, gloves and an apron to protect your hands, clothes and eyes from staining.

Step 3: Steam and Set

Let your bandana and fibers steam in a steaming tray for one hour then let it sit for at least the recommended time to achieve the desired color intensity. The longer you let the bandana sit and cool, the more vibrant the colors will turn out!

Step 4: Rinse and Dry

Once the bandana has absorbed the natural dye, carefully rinse it under cold water and hang the bandana to dry in a well-ventilated area.

Step 5: Style and Enjoy

Congratulations! You have successfully dyed your own eco-friendly bandana using the But First, West natural dye kit. Style your vibrant accessory in different ways to add a touch of color to you or your pups outfits. Whether worn as a headband, neck scarf, bag accessory or as a signature BFW styled dog hankie, your uniquely dyed bandana is sure to make a statement.

Embrace Your Creativity

Today, we are part of a natural dye revival. Dyeing your own bandana is not only a sustainable choice that contributes to artisen dyers, local economies and ecological benefits but also a creative outlet to express your personal style. Experiment with the natural fibers to lay out different patterns or dye colors to create one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect your unique style!

Final Thoughts

By opting for eco-friendly dyeing methods and embracing a DIY approach, you contribute to a more sustainable option while showcasing your creativity. Ditch the mass-produced accessories and infuse your wardrobe with handmade, eco-conscious pieces like your newly dyed But First, West bandana. Let your imagination run wild and explore the endless possibilities of eco-friendly DIY projects.

This simple yet rewarding DIY project allows you to transform a plain bandana into a vibrant accessory that embodies both style and sustainability. So, grab your But First, West dye kit, and embark on a colorful journey of self-expression. Get ready to add a splash of color to your wardrobe while making a positive impact on the environment—one bandana at a time.

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Sophie Lu
Sophie Lu

This looks like a fun activity and Hannah did an amazing job with the packing and organizing of this! Beaux looks so proud of his DIY bandana :)



This turned out amazing and love the benefits! Can’t wait to create our own!



So excited to get our paws on this kit! Love that we can each make our own unique piece!


Cindy Suter
Cindy Suter

So amazing! Can’t wait to try ours!



This process looks so fun and the bandanas turned out beautiful! I have never seen this type of tie dye before! Looks amazing!

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