Give plain white cotton dish towels a colorful upgrade, making them pretty enough to use as napkins. Crafts editor Silke Stoddard uses iDye pellets to dye batches of them in a washing machine, then tosses them in the dryer: “The whole process is as easy as running a load of laundry.”
iDye pellets, in 46 shades, $3 a packet, dharmatrading.com
Tekla dish towels, 79 cents each,
Shibori-Inspired Dip-Dyed Scarves
Give ordinary clothes, lampshades, and pillowcases a bright makeover with this easy technique. Inspired by the traditional Japanese textile known as "shibori", this versatile accessory is just a length of fabric and a bottle of dye away.
Faded Silk Scarves
With an easy dye solution, you can give store-bought silk scarves a soft or bold ombre effect.
Dyed Canvas Sneakers
Liven up a pair of white canvas shoes with liquid fabric dye. Making them will be just as fun as adding them to your wardrobe.
Ombre Tote Bag
With blends of red, pink, and orange dye, you can turn your plain canvas tote into your most vibrant accessory.
More chic than a tie-dye but just as fun to make, this stylish shirt may become the one you reach for every Saturday morning.
Ombre Art Panels
In addition to your accessories, dyed fabric can also brighten up your home. A quartet of dyed linen panels with pale-blue bases and fading colors adds a one-of-a-kind work of art to your walls.
Blue Ombre Slipcover and Pillowcases
Give your headboard slipcover and pillowcases a beautiful, sea-inspired feel by dyeing sky-blue linen deeper, soothing shades of blue.
Turn a pair of inexpensive leggings into a new accessory.