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I’ve never really been a tie dye person. I guess I kind of felt like tie dye was best left to Grateful Dead fans and kids at summer camp.
But then one day it occurred to me that tie dye has an awful lot in common with ikat. Which I happen to majorly love. And I knew I had to attempt some tie dyed ikat of my own. Who wants to join me and tie dye your summer?
Tulip one-step tie-dye kit
paint brush and paper plate
scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat
no sew hem tape
I decided to tie dye some big white t-shirts to make my pillow covers from. White t-shirts are super cheap and easy to find.
Since I am pretty new to the whole tie dye scene (being a former tie dye snob and all), I did a bit of experimenting to see what I liked. I knew I wanted to try some designs that were a little different from your typical tie dye scene, so I chose to use a dry technique when dyeing. This basically just means the shirts were dry when I tie dyed them.
The actual process was super simple. I used Tulip one-step tie dye and I can totally see why it is America’s favorite tie dye. The dye comes in little squirt bottles. All you have to do is fill the squirt bottle with water and shake it up. So simple. And these dyes are permanent and won’t fade in the wash. They are perfect for any type of multi-colored fabric dyeing project.
(Warning: make sure you protect your whole dyeing area with plastic and wear the included gloves before you so much as add water to the dye. It will prevent many a cleaning headaches later on.)
The little squirt bottles made it easy to be pretty precise with my designs. These first three shirts were made by squirting the dye directly onto the shirts.
I actually really liked how they turned out – especially the dots and the chevron. But I knew I could do better.
It turns out I’m a bit of a control freak. Too controlling for tie dye perhaps. (Is that why it’s a hippie thing? You have to go with the flow?)
Anyway, for my next two shirts, I broke all the rules and just did it my own way. Instead of squirting the shirt, I squirted the dye onto a paper plate and painted it onto the shirts with a paintbrush in the design I wanted.
And it worked perfectly! The dye still bleeds enough to give the pattern some movement, but it was much easier to control.
These last two were the shirts I chose to make into pillows. They are definitely reminiscent of ikat. (The other three may end up as pillow covers eventually too, but who knows – I’ve seen some other bloggers sharing other fabulous ways to use tie dye that I might just have to try!)
I decided to make these no sew pillow covers. Even though I have a sewing machine and I (mostly) know how to use it, hauling it out and wrestling with it did not sound like a fun summer afternoon. (Ok, so maybe I only sort of know how to use it.)
I made these into envelope pillow covers so I could remove them and throw them in the wash since they will mostly be on the porch. It was super easy.
Cut the collar and sleeves off the Tshirt and cut the sides. Cut the back into two parts to make the envelope closure for your pillow.
Lay out your pieces in this order – smaller part of back, larger part of back (overlapping), pillow form, front. Make sure that all pieces of fabric are inside out.
Use straight pins to pin the front and back together around the pillow form. (You definitely want to pin it as close to the pillow form as possible since T shirt fabric is so stretchy. Nobody wants a saggy pillow cover.)
Pull the pillow form out and use no sew hem tape to attach the front and back of the pillow cover along the pin lines. Remove the pins, turn it right side out, insert the pillow form, and your done!
As my husband said – they’re fun but still classy.
So what about you guys? Do you love tie dye or avoid it like the plague? Have I convinced any skeptics to give it a try?