Hello friends! This week I have another super simple throw pillow cover DIY to share with you. I made this one along with the Dot-Painted Throw Pillow I shared last week. I found the original inspiration on Overstock when I was searching for something to compliment the dot pillow, and I was just going to buy since it was about $40 for the cover with an insert. And then I clicked the drop-down to select the color, and realized the navy one was no longer available.
I was already in the middle of planning out the dot pillow, so I figured I could just make my own version of this dip-dye pillow as well, and save a little money. Follow the steps below to make one for yourself in just a few minutes and for less than $20!
- Canvas Cotton Cushion Cover – $4.99 from H&M Home, I used White
- Inner Cushion – $6.99 from H&M Home
- Rit Fabric Dye – $7.06 from Amazon, I used Navy
- Salt (for cotton, linen or rayon fabrics)
- A whisk or stir stick
- A bucket
- Dishwashing liquid
- Optional: A wood dowel or broomstick
- Optional: Clips/clothespins to hold the cover while dyeing it
- Optional: Fabric protectant, such as 303 Fabric Guard
1. Gather supplies & prep dye bath
Be sure to read through the directions on the Rit dye before you start. You have to use super hot water for the bath, so I boiled a big pot of water on the stove. While the water was boiling, I set up the rest of my supplies. I used a utility bucket for my dye bath because I’ve heard the dye can stain sinks and bath tubs. The bucket I used wasn’t the cleanest, so I put a waste bin liner inside the bucket to keep the bath clean. Also gather salt, a whisk, a wood dowel/broomstick, and some clips/clothespins.
2. Mix dye bath
Once your water has come to a boil and everything else is ready to go, pour the water into the bath, then add salt and the dye. The amount of salt and dye needed are dependent upon the weight of your fabric, so you’ll have to measure that out (or guess 😉 ). I used about 10 quarts of water with 1/2 a bottle of liquid dye and 1 cup of salt. Stir all the ingredients together well.
3. Dip dye pillow cover
Before you dip your cover into the dye, you may want to clip it to a dowel. It helps to give you a little more control and keep the lines level.
There are a couple of ways to do this. If you want the dip lines more defined like I did, dip your pillow cover into the dye bath about 2/3 of the way for just a couple of seconds, and then pull it out. Adjust your clips so they’re holding the cover higher, then dip it back in so only about 1/3 of the fabric is submerged. Be sure the top edge doesn’t fall into the bath. Let the cover sit like this for as long as you want. Periodically check to see how dark the fabric is getting.
If you want a more ombré look, clip the cover to the dowel and then dip it into the bath as high as you want the dye to penetrate the fabric. Then, very slowly begin raising the cover out of the bath. You may need to go a bit faster at first, and then more slowly towards the end, as it takes longer for deeper colors to dye.
4. Rinse out dye
Once your pillow cover is dyed to your liking, you need to rinse out the excess dye. Run the finished cover under cold water from light to dark so the dye doesn’t transfer to the top of the cover. Once the water runs clear, use some dishwashing liquid and give the fabric a wash in warm water and then rinse again, and squeeze out the water.
5. Hang to dry
Now all you have to do is hang the cover to dry! It was a hot afternoon here when I did this, so I hung it on the fence around our vegetable garden. (You can also dry it in a machine dryer.)
A couple of notes: 1) When I do this again, I’ll probably dip the first dip quicker so it turns out a little lighter. 2) I used the color Navy, but as some people mentioned in the reviews on Amazon, it does give off a slight purple hue. If you want a more true navy, I read that some people added a little splash of black dye into their bath. If you need some more dip-dyeing tips, check out the video below from Rit.
That’s it! I hope you all enjoyed this week’s tutorial! I would be thrilled if you’d share this post on Pinterest. Also don’t forget to subscribe below for updates and follow along on Instagram if you haven’t yet. Be sure to stay tuned next week!