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Pillows with Dyed Bands

Created By: Ellen Silverman; Raymond Hom

Introduction

Pillows with perfectly imperfect bands of color invite you to relax. Sew your own covers (learn how to make them here), or dye store-bought ones. You can even dip-dye patterned fabric, such as the striped one here. For the bolster pillow band, dip the ends of white fabric in dye, and then sew the fabric into a sleeve to fit around the bolster.

For items you plan to launder, set the colors by washing the finished objects in synthrapol detergent. This concentrated, pH-balanced detergent will keep the dye from bleeding onto undyed parts of the fabric.

Materials

  • White upholsteryweight linen
  • Striped linen
  • Large plastic storage bin or galvanized-steel bin
  • Stir stick
  • All-purpose liquid or powder dye
  • Sample fabric or paper towel
  • Sewing pins
  • Synthrapol detergent (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Wash and dry fabric to remove any finishes that resist dye.

  2. Step 2

    Fill plastic bin with hot water to a depth of at least 6 inches. Stir in dye, starting with a small amount and adding more as desired. Dip a sample strip of fabric or paper towel to test the color. If too dark, add water; if too light, add dye. Let solution settle, so there are no bubbles at the surface.

  3. Step 3

    Determine where you want the top of the dyed band to be; use pins to mark that line on fabric.

  4. Step 4

    Holding your fabric as straight as possible, dip into dye solution to just below the pin line (make sure you don't dip the pins; the fabric will wick the dye higher). Keep fabric in dye until it turns the desired color (it will dry slightly lighter).

  5. Step 5

    Rinse fabric in cold water to remove excess dye until the water runs clear.

  6. Step 6

    If desired, wash item with synthrapol detergent.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2010