Pinterest Challenge – Dip Dye Pillow

According to the experts, it is Pinterest Challenge time again!

Yeah, I wrote about my pillow dyeing experiment the other week.   BUT!  Then I saw a tutorial for dying dyeing and pinned it, thinking I would give it another try.  See, I was a little disappointed with the saturation of my pillow.

It looked like this:

When I wanted it to look like this:

My pillow was not bright and bold, it was pale.  And it didn’t have that two tone effect with the dark blue and light blue.

So I found this tutorial just after my pillow-dyeing attempt.  There were 2 big differences here – it says to let your fabric soak in dye for 2-3 hours, where I had just soaked my pillow for 45 minutes.  It also says specifically to use the powder dye, and I had used the liquid dye.  Here’s what the result of the tutorial is supposed to look like:

So I hit up the Hobby Lobby once again, bought the powder dye in teal, same color as before.  Then I dumped the entire package of dye into about 1 gallon of hot water.  This is not per instructions and is way more than you are supposed to use – it is supposed to be one package in 3 gallons of water.  This is my third attempt to dye something and I’d never been satisfied with the saturation, I thought I would go crazy and see what happened if I over-dyed (once before I tried to make a blue tank top black, but it ended up gray).  I added a half cup of salt to the dye too. Oh look, the directions also say to pre-dissolve the powder in 2 cups of water.  Why do they print these directions so tiny?  I did stir it up a bit with a paint stick before dipping my pillowcase in.

I let most of the pillowcase soak in the dye for about an hour.  Then I pulled part of the pillowcase out so only the lowest part was soaking in the dye for another hour.  At the end of 2 hours I rinsed it a bit and then threw the pillowcase in the washing machine because it was taking soooo long to rinse all that dye out.  I’m lazy.

Result:

Nope, I still didn’t get that 2 tone look.  Not even close.  I don’t know why it got blotchy like it did, maybe because I didn’t make more of an effort to fully dissolve the dye powder.  And you would never know that the bottom third soaked an hour longer than the middle third.

It did get the smeary part at the edge.  Like tie dye.  I thought tie dye was cool once.  In 6th grade.

Here it is chilling on the windowseat.  I’m not sure how I feel about it yet – is it better than attempt #1?  Worse?  Or just a different look?

(Hey Susie, if you’re reading this, Ahmed said “that’s a cool pillow”.  So it has received one dude vote.)

Dip Dye Pillow

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.

The result:

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!

Cheerful Bedrooms

I realized I’ve been pinning a lot of fun bedrooms lately so I thought I’d give you a round-up!  I noticed they all have a few elements in common too…

Being a YHL groupie (if you are reading this, odds are you’re one too) I’m starting off with this bold little gem of a guest bedroom, dominated by a deep peacock teal that stays sunny with lemon yellow, lime green, and some fun patterns.

This outlandishly purple headboard is perfect for a little girl’s room – or anyone who is fabulous, really.  The retro poster makes me think Eloise could live here, and the groovy ceramic mushr0om adds a little old-school fairytale fun.  The tiny flowered prints in the linens make it clear this is a girl’s domain.  Check out more by Jenny Komenda at little green notebook or click the photo above.

Unfortunately this one was a Pinterest find with no linkage… but how crazy is it that all those different multi-colored patterns are all smooshed into one small space… and it totally works.

This one is the simplest in my collection today, but that big bold floral print takes center stage and holds it own.  I do also love the chippy aqua metal bedframe and other pale seafoam in the accessories.

If you are noticing that all of these rely heavily on florals, you might be right.  The abstract pillows keep it from getting too, too floral.

More teal and even more floral prints?!  This one is a bit more boho with what I dare call granny-chic throw pillows and white coverlet, where you can see even more floral patterns if you look closely.  I found this via colormecarla.com but couldn’t track it down to it’s original post on apartment therapy.

This is another Jenny Komenda design for Joanna’s bedroom.  You can read all about the makeover on either/both of their blogs.  Its got a lot of fun stuff going on for a small room, and plenty of DIY projects.  Of course I really love that floral print pillow.

With all these fun bright patterns, at least one quilt should be here, right?  Cassandra Ellis makes these fabulous quilts.  You can see more on her website or check out her house tour on Design*Sponge by clicking the photo above.

To end our photos on a slightly more subdued note, this black and blue ikat print headboard is just great paired with more delicate blue and red floral prints in the linens.

So, in conclusion, why do all of these work?  Balance – crazy patterns will be balanced out with calm white walls.  Or in the case of a bright wall, the bed cover will be a plain white so that the eye, and you, have a place to rest.  (Get it, because its a bed?).  Even a lot of multi-colored patterns can be happy together,  if their color families seem to jive, which is admittedly more subjective and detailed than we can see here.  It just goes to show that taking a risk with some color and patterns can have some very fun results.  And florals seem to make me happy.