MAKE IT / 14
natalie decided to jazz up my plain white sheets with some beautiful tie dye. we didn’t want it to be super hippie/art camp so we stuck to just two colors that i love, but feel free to get as wild as you like with it! have fun and happy weekend! -bri
what you’ll need:
- White Sheets (flat sheet and pillowcases)
- Fabric Dye in 2 colors (and 2 squeeze bottles for mixed dye if needed)
- Upholstery Thread and needle
- Rubber bands
- Rubber Gloves
- Surface to work (we used a shallow plastic storage container)
how to make it: (follow diagram above)
- Prepare fabric dye as directed. There are many kinds of dyes so take care to read all instructions. We use fiber reactive dyes because the colors last well over time.
- Fold Sheet In half side to side. Fold one more time to mark where the center is and return to the original position.
- Lightly sketch a half of a semi circle 12 inches from the top along the folded center to the middle mark under the hem of the sheet. From there sketch a whole semi circle with the lowest part measuring 8 inches from the top of the sheet. (see diagram)
- Using a ruler to measure from your original drawn line make parallel lines 4 inches below your original and another one 2 inches below that. You will have three lines total.
- Stitch a long running stitch along all 3 lines. Make the distance between each stitch irregular.
- When all 3 lines are stitched carefully begin to gather all the fabric from one end to the other and pulling the fabric tightly together. Carefully wrap the thread around once or twice & secure with a knot.
- Wrap rubber bands around the ties to reinforce thread.
- Soak top half of sheet with gathered areas in water for 15 minutes (or soda ash bath if you are using a fiber reactive dye)
- Squeeze excess water out.
- Lay top part of sheet on working surface (it can be helpful to put paper towels down first to help absorb excess dye)
- Apply dye to sheet, flip sheet over and repeat taking care to be sure that dye is reaching most parts of the gathered fabric.
- Let sit for 4-24 hours, the longer the better to make colors vibrant and long lasting.
- Afterwards place dyed part of sheet in sink, snip all rubber bands and thread releasing the gathers and rinse in cold water until water runs clear.
- Wash sheets according to dye brand instructions.