How to Ice Dye | DIY Ice Dye Pillows

Want to create one of a kind fabric designs with an organic feel? Ice dyeing is SO much easier than even shibori or tie dyeing and the result is an exciting surprise. It's a fun DIY project for kids and adults alike.
I sewed my ice dyed fabric into a gorgeous set on pillows:
Gathering the right supplies is key to making this projects a success. Here's all of the info on that:
Essentially, you soak the fabric in soda ash so the fiber reactive dye will adhere. Then you scrunch it up as messily and randomly as possible in a tub on some cookies sheets so it's sitting higher than the bottom of the tub.
Cover the fabric in ice and then sprinkle on the fiber reactive powdered dye. Let the ice melt and watch the dye work its magic!
I have used this method to ice dye white cotton napkins (which is where the steps, above, are from):

I made blue/teal/green ice dyed napkins, turquoise/black napkins, and plain fuschia. Buying a small dye kit with lots of color options is a great idea.
I also dyed a couple of yards of linen, which turned out even more amazing.
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  • Jason Jason on Oct 14, 2016
    Can this method be used to dye wood? It would look really good on a guitar body

  • Candy Bahr Noelck Candy Bahr Noelck on Oct 19, 2016
    How do you set the color so it does not bleed during subsequent washings?

  • Tri5905477 Tri5905477 on Oct 19, 2016
    what is the process to set the color with the vinegar?

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  • Guy27719716 Guy27719716 on Sep 17, 2017
    Prettiest DIY pillow I've ever seen! I'm definitely trying this! Thank you!!

  • Lana Lana on Jun 03, 2018

    These ice-dyed colors are GORGEOUS!!❄❄ The resulting patterns on fabric are simply stunning, & quite unique to the process... reminds me of a solid tie-dye but more beautiful & sophisticated in depth & design! 👍👍 (Have you thought of FRAMING a couple of your faves as wall ART??) I LOVE THIS, & must try it... hoping it's as easy as you make it sound! ❤💙💚💜💖🖤💛❤