Handmade Tie Dye Sheets and Pillowcases

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Handmade Tie Dye Sheets and Pillowcases
Create a marbled look by crumpling the material before applying dye. (red marble fabric image by Randy McKown from Fotolia.com)

Tie dying is the art of twisting, folding, or scrunching fabric and then applying dyes to create unique colour patterns. Tie dyed sheets and pillowcases make colourful bedding that will add a touch of personality to your room. Use dyes that coordinate with the room's existing colour palate. Try a combination of twists and folds in the material to create new patterns. Repeat your technique in each bedding piece to create a matched set.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Bedding set
  • Washing powder
  • Rubber bands
  • Soda ash
  • Bucket
  • Newspaper
  • Gloves
  • Spray bottle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase sheets and pillowcases that are cotton, linen, silk, or rayon. Do not use bedding that contains more than 20 per cent polyester because it will not hold the dye well. Wash the bedding in hot water with washing powder to remove any surface finish treatments

  2. 2

    Lay the sheet on a flat surface. For spiral patterns, grasp the material where you would like the spiral's centre to be, and twist until the whole sheet is twisted. For multiple spirals, create multiple twists in the fabric. For stripes, fold the sheet into pleats. Evenly scrunch the fabric for a marbled look. Secure the twisted, folded, or scrunched fabric with rubber bands. Repeat your folding method on the remaining pieces of bedding.

  3. 3

    Mix one cup soda ash with one gallon of water in a bucket. Place the tied bedding pieces in the solution and allow them to soak for 15 to 60 minutes.

  4. 4

    Cover a work space with newspaper. Mix the dyes according to package instructions. Tie dyes can be purchased in kits at craft stores. Wear gloves and old clothes while handling dyes, in case spills occur. Pour the dyes into squirt bottles for easy application.

  5. 5

    Remove the bedding pieces from the pre-soak solution and wring squeeze to remove extra liquid. Spray the dyes onto the fabric in lines or swirls -- working over the newspaper. If using multiple colours, avoid overlapping them on the fabric. Let the fabric sit to dry, for one to three days.

  6. 6

    Remove the rubber bands from the dry fabric, and rinse the bedding thoroughly in cold water. Wash the tie dyed bedding separately, until the dyes have set.

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