I saw this pillow and thought, how pretty. Wait, don’t I have some teal dye that I’ve been meaning to use? And don’t I already have a white pillowcase that could use a little something?
Here’s the inspiration from CapellaKID, an Etsy store specializing in hand-dyed pillows.
I love the effect of the gradient, deeper blue washing over a lighter fade. Here is another example from the store:
I used an Ikea pillow with removable pillowcase that I bought a couple years ago – mine was a mix of linen and cotton, but the Ritva cushion cover is similar.
I used Rit liquid dye versus the powdered stuff. I followed the mixture recommended on the bottle for “sink dyeing”, as I couldn’t do the washing machine method if I only want half of my pillow blue. It was half a bottle for a gallon of water, so about 8 ounces of liquid dye. It also recommended adding a cup of salt, so I did that too. The directions said to stir constantly, but I couldn’t really do that while having the pillowcase half resting in the dye.
Overall, I let the pillowcase sit in the bucket for about 45 minutes. I pushed it further down into the bucket for a while, then pulled it up to just let the bottom soak to try to get that layered effect. I didn’t stay very precise with it, but occasionally looked to see how it was layering. After all that I rinsed it a bit and threw it in the washing machine.
Side A, gradual fade
Side B, more of that wave shape rather than a soft gradient. Chris said it looked like a stain. Thanks.
Here is Side A again, but with the dye on the bottom. I like it best like this.
It is much more subtle, and definitely doesn’t have the level of saturation that I was hoping for. I might try diluting the dye with less water than recommended and take it for another dip. When I dip you dip we dip!