Friday, April 12, 2013

Dip dye cushion covers

If you have plain white pillowcases at home, you can dress them up by dip dying them. It's fun and easy to make! I even tried them in different colors. Here's how to do it:

Soak your pillowcase in water and make sure it's damp. I guess that's so the dye will stick better to the fabric. We have pillowcases made of muslin. It can be made of canvas, or whatever fabric as long as it's white.



Next, take your powdered dye and follow the instructions on the packet or bottle. There are different ways to use dye, some brands need to have detergent powder, or vinegar, or salt to fully work. So read the instructions.




Place the water with dye on a tub or a pot. Make sure you don't use the pot for cooking.



Then take your pillowcase and dip the about 2/3 or 3/4 of the fabric into the dye for about 5-10 seconds. Remove and rinse. Dip it again, this time halfway for about 30-40 seconds and then rinse again. Then dip 1/4 of the fabric for 1 minute or so. The dipping time will vary depending on how bright or dark you want the color to turn out. Repeat this step but each layer will take longer dipping periods. That's how you get the gradient.



Rinse the fabric and make sure the water runs down from light to darkest so the dye won't spread. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. Then hang them out to dry. Notice the lush greenery in the background. Yes, I live in the jungle. Just kidding!



These dried out quickly, it's so hot in here these days!


When it has dried out, you can cover your pillows with your new dip dye pillowcases.





I like the purple and yellow one :)





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