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Tie-dye & Bleach Paint
Are your pillows so boring to look at that they’re putting you to sleep? You can update an old pillowcase fast and easily with this fun technique. I used a floral pattern, but the technique works just as well on other designs—anchors, seashells, solid colors—try whatever gets you happy!

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© 2019 Charlotte Styles / GMC Publications · Reproduced with permission. · Tie-dye & Bleach Paint by Charlotte Styles, published by Taunton (£5.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
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  • Step 1

    To Make the Pillowcase

    Mix a solution of 2 cups water and 1 cup bleach in a bucket. Stir to blend.

  • Step 2

    Fold the pillowcase in half. Dip the fold into the solution, about 1/2 in. deep.

  • Step 3

    Hold for 1 or 2 minutes, then lower the already bleached end 1/2 in. deeper into the bleach solution and let soak for 1 or 2 minutes. This is what creates the gradual fade characteristic of an ombré design. Unfold the pillowcase.

  • Step 4

    To make a parallel stripe, dip one edge of the pillowcase in the bleach solution, letting 1/2 in. soak for 1 or 2 minutes. Then lower the already bleached end 1/2 in. deeper into the bleach solution and let soak for 1 or 2 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Repeat Step 4 for the opposite edge.

  • Step 6

    Remove the pillowcase from the bleach solution. Rinse in water, then pour hydrogen peroxide over the pillowcase.

  • Step 7

    Let it soak for 15 minutes, then rinse again. Launder.

    TIP: Have some pretty fabric that you’re not using? Use this technique to dip-dye it, then sew it into café curtains, napkins, or a tote.

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