Oh my gosh! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love tie dye. The colors. The design. The memories! Tie dye just screams out SUMMERTIME to me and today we are going to talk about how to tie dye your summer with Tulip brand tie dye.
I remember those days fondly and think that my time at that camp was a poster child for how summers should be spent. There was a certain level of freedom or free spirit vibe during those days. Anything was possible and nothing really mattered. We were all just there to have the absolute best time that we could.
Now here I sit, 13 years later, and I still hold those memories close to my heart. So today I decided to bring back that ol’ summer feeling with my kids and make a pair of tie dye couch pillows and of course some new additions to the whole families wardrobe while I am at it! Times have definitely changed, but my love for tie dye has not! 🙂
No Sew Tie Dye Couch Pillows
2 pack of zippered cotton pillow covers
Tulip Tie Dye pack
Ziploc bag – gallon sized
I began by washing my pillow covers and leaving them damp. (Just wrung out) They need to be slightly wet when the paint is applied.
Next, I mixed up my tie dye according to the instruction provided in the kit. (Be sure to wear gloves when you do this. It stains.)
I then laid my pillow covers out on a flat surface and pinched a spot on the cover. I began to twist the pinched area, allowing the rest of the cover to follow into a swirl pattern. I ended up with a circle.
Without picking up the cover, slide a rubber band around the cover to help hold it in place. Repeat this step with one more band creating an X in the center of the circle.
Using the easy pour bottles from Tulip, I began to add a different color to each section (the place between the rubber bands). I only used three colors (red, blue and yellow) and allowed them to overlap to create secondary colors as well (purple, orange and green).
Once I covered one side in dye, I repeated the same process on the other side. Be sure to put the color in the same sections as before.
Next, I dropped my fully tie dyed cover into a zippered bag (still bound by rubber bands) and closed it up. Finally I waited at least 8 hours before rinsing it out.
After 8 hours or more has past, I removed the cover from the bag, unbinded the rubber bands and rinsed with water. Be sure to wear protective gloves again and I recommend doing this outdoors with the hose. Its messy.
I let the hose rinse the covers until the water ran clear, then I hung them up to dry outside.
Once the cover dried, I needed to make mine smaller to fit my couch pillows, so I cut the opposite end from the zipper off and closed the opening with hem tape. Now I can easily remove the pillows using the zipper when they need washed and replace them without a problem.
I am so excited that I am making new tie dye summer memories with my family and rockin’ it with the home fashion! Tie dying is seriously a blast!
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