Bring some summer style into your home with this fun DIY tie dye pillow project. If you haven’t tried one step dyes yet, it’s time! They make dying so easy and mess free!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY tie dye pillows:
- 1 Yard White Cotton Duck Canvas Fabric
- Sewing Machine and Thread
- Tulip One Step Dye Kit (Includes rubberbands and gloves)
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Wrap
- Pillow Form
Step One – Sew Pillow Cover.
First, I sewed a very simple envelope pillow cover. I made my pillow cover using Cotton Duck Canvas, which is a heavy cotton fabric, but any cotton fabric should work well with the dye.
Here’s how to sew a simple envelope pillow cover for a 16″ x 16 ” pillow form.
- Cut a piece of fabric 17″ x 39″.
- Hem both of the 17″ ends of the piece of fabric.
- With the right sides of the fabric facing, fold the piece of fabric so the hemmed ends overlap and the case is 16 inches wide. Pin in place.
- Sew the open sides leaving a 1/2″ seam.
- Flip the pillow case inside out.
And that’s it! Your pillow case is all done.
Step Two – Fold & Tie.
Before folding and tying the pillow, wet the pillow case to help the dye spread through. You don’t want it to be dripping wet, but just damp.
Next, fold up the pillow using an accordion fold and wrap rubber bands around the folded pillow case every couple of inches.
Step Three – Dye.
With gloves on and your work surface protected, prepare the dye by filling the bottle with water to the fill line. Shake the bottle until the dye powder is fully dissolved.
Then, use the squeeze bottle to apply dye to the pillow case between the rubber bands leaving some white space between each dye section.
After applying dye on one side, flip it over and repeat the process on the other side.
Finally, wrap your pillow case in plastic wrap and let it sit for 6-8 hours.
Step Four – Rinse.
After the dye has had some time to set, carefully clip off the rubber bands, and rinse out your pillow case until the water runs clear.
The color will lighten a bit as you rinse out the excess dye. After washing and drying, stuff your pillow form into your pillow case, and that’s it!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.