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!

Nifty Gifty-s

Did you get any home-y things for Christmas? I saw this throw pillow on Emily Henderson’s blog and entered to win it. Of course I didn’t, so I told my brother to get it for me for Christmas. He is so obedient.  Land’s End has it on mega-sale right now too!

The pattern seems vaguely Japanese to me – you know, like those repeating wi-fi signals.  Or like this (lifted from ineednicethings.com):

I digress.  Here’s another shot of the pillow working its magic on the futon.  He is nice and fluffy too, so good for squishing on if I can bear to risk it.  The husband thinks my desire for pillows is silly, as they are largely decorative.  Then he gets huffy when I squawk at him for leaning on them in an inappropriate manner, leaving them deformed and squashed.  So it goes.

Moving on.  I’ve been collecting depression glass for a little while to satisfy my irrational lust for pretty colored glass.  My mom has found me these little treasures.

Its just a little coffee creamer, but I think it deserves to look larger than life.  See how nice this photo is?  Yeah, Chris got me a new point-n-shoot camera for Christmas that is making a good impression so far.

And a schmancy candlestick.  Speaking of candles… I found something I couldn’t resist while pre-holiday shopping at Target.

Its faux mercury glass votives, and only $3 each, I couldn’t resist.  I did resist buying all the ones left on the shelf (they’re on sale?!  must snatch them all!!) because really, they aren’t necessary in life.  After all, I only want them in the first place because Pottery Barn decided they were the next big thing in shabby chic.  If you’re curious what mercury glass even is, look what Wikipedia has to say.

They are way, way better than my attempt (failure) to follow a tutorial for faking them.  They seem to have a warm golden glow rather than a pewtery silver finish.

So those were my little Christmas gift to me.  I’m sooooo happy!

If you’re feeling the post-holiday blahs rather than New Year’s motivation (and you’re in a place where you can watch a video) go here and pay close attention to the HD monitor.  You should laugh a lot if you are the type of person who likes humorous things.