Tie dying is such a fun activity and summer is the best time to give it a go as you can do it all outside without having to worry about the mess.

There are so many different things you can do with it too, you can keep it simple and tie dye a tote bag or t-shirt or tie dye some material and make some clothes or toys with it. As long as whatever you are dying has a high cotton content then the possibilities are endless.

We decided to give pillowcases a go, we found some in a charity shop for £1 but supermarkets have them at a great price these days. As I mentioned above just make sure they are made of mainly cotton as that is the best material for absorbing the dye.

You can buy tie-dye kits but everywhere we looked they were out of stock so we just bought some cold water dye and used that instead.

 

Here's what you'll need...

  • Cold water dye
  • Big plastic bowls
  • Big bag of salt
  • Gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Pillowcases

Tie Dye Pillowcases

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Mix up the dye using the instructions on the back, you will need the salt for mixing into it.

    Tie Dye Pillowcases

  • 2

    Tie the bands onto your pillowcases, there are lots of different ways you can do it which result in different effects. We rolled ours up and tied bands along them and also gathered in the centre and had bands coming out. The fun part is that you can just experiment to see what they come out like.

    Tie Dye Pillowcases

  • 3

    Dunk the entire pillowcase in warm water then dip into the dyes. The longer you leave them in the dye, the deeper the colour will be. Place them on the floor for a while to let the dye sink in. The kits come with bottles to squirt the dye on but we just dipped it in, once you are used to the process you can start experimenting with different methods.

    Tie Dye Pillowcases

  • 4

    After about an hour rinse them with cold water, remove the bands and place in the washing machine on cool water cycle. Afterwards hang the pillowcases on the line to dry.

    Tie Dye Pillowcases

  • 5

    My daughter Cherry who is five absolutely loved making these and was so happy with the results.

    Tie Dye Pillowcases

    Give it a go and see how much fun it is!

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By Jessica Amey on 22.07.16

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3 responses to “How to Tie Dye Pillowcases”

  1. Gillian Kenney says:

    Tie and dye ….takes me back to the 70’s ,hippy days and good music…..

  2. Kara says:

    I love these. I think I shall add them to my make list as you make them sound so easy xx

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