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i am addicted to getting new bedding. there is just something so great about climbing into a new pair of sheets, so i always switch them up every couple months (which gets expensive!)

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
– Ruler
– Pencil
– 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.

now, go get your beauty sleep. (please send us a photo of your finished project if you make them!)

(photos & creations by natalie shriver – see more DIY projects here!)



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  • 1. Hannah  |  July 6th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    This is great. I love any idea to get a designer look for less! x

  • 2. Purple Paparazzi  |  July 6th, 2012 at 8:38 am


  • 3. Eva Bauer  |  July 6th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Love this!! Just in time for a perfect weekend diy, can’t wait.

  • 4. Cire'  |  July 6th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Theses are so cool, I love the colors you used, I must try this!! :) Who doesn’t love DIY TIE-DYE!?

  • 5. Erin C // Air&SeaDesign  |  July 6th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Shibori made easy! :) Such great directions/animations!!

  • 6. Jenny  |  July 6th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This is wonderful! Perfect for when you need just the right colors for your bedroom. :)

  • 7. Courtney  |  July 6th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    This is the perfect kind of tie dye, not too overwhelming and just enough to be awesome. I usually don’t do any DYI because I’m lame but my goodness I have to try this!

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    Can you tell me the brand of your dye and where you bought it?

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    This is great! I love tie dye, but I definitely wonder if I’ll look like a hippie chick. I can’t wait to try this one out, since I need cool, new sheets for my apartment.

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    They look amazing! :)
    I was in the same mood a couple of weeks ago, when i bought new staff for my new house [i am sharing with a friend, but still i am sooo happy for living on my own, after years of living with my siblings]. I bought new beddings, all colourful, and i was excited when i used the first pair yesterday. :)

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    Just had a chat with my husband about getting some new sheets. I want tie dye some now!

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    Love these! Tie dye is such a fun way to make anything instant summer :)

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