The finished product
Summer Inspired Tie Dye Pillowcases
I love summer time. Sun, sand, watermelon, summer flowers... Everything is so warm and fun. Except my sheets.
I have a relatively large bed, where sheets are either hard to find or too expensive. I had the same sheets for the past couple of years and after so many washes in the washing machine it turned greyish. It still feels soft, I just don’t like the color of it. It goes well with my blue winter set, but with my orange-red summer set it just looks awful.
My aunt suggested to tie dye them in order to give them a nice summer touch. I’ve always enjoyed doing stuff with my aunt because she’s so creative, so I gladly accepted her kind offer.
We started by spreading the pillow cases on the kitchen table. We drew two lines 1 inch apart with a washable marker.
We folded the pillow case perfectly in a hand fan exactly over the drawn lines. It had to be perfectly symmetric in order to see a straight line on the finished product. We tired a plastic rubber band over the fold.
Then, we wrinkled the ends randomly and tied it with another rubber band.
After washing it in room-temperature water and tying the rubber band as tight as possible, we set it in an aluminium foil and mixed the colors we wanted.
We used Tulip one-step Tie Dye. It comes in a powder that needs to be mixed with room-temperature water.
We poured red color around the edges and in the middle, between the lines, we poured some yellow. We dropped a few red drops here and there on the yellow in order to create a cool gradient effect.
Then we set it aside covered with a plastic bag for 9 hours. Meanwhile we had some aunt-niece catching up with good coffee and homemade cookies. Yum!
After long 9 hours (when it comes to arts and crafts I'm such an impatient person) I filled a bucket with 4 gallons of hot water (at least 140 Fahrenheit) and added 4 spoons of Rit Color Stay Fixative.
I sunk the pillow cases in the hot water and left it there for 25 minutes.
After that I emptied the bucket to the stool. The colors were so strong that every drop had to be wiped away immediately or it would leave a stain permanently.
I held the pillowcases under running tap water for another 10 minutes and then I unfolded it, cutting the rubber bands open.
I set it to rest for the night outside on the east side of the house - so by the time I will wake up, the sun will have it completely dried out.
I put the pillowcases alone in the washing machine for 30 minutes in a 60 degrees to clean it completely.
Ready to be used!
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