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!
© 2020 Charlotte Styles / GMC Publications · Reproduced with permission. · Tie-dye & Bleach Paint by Charlotte Styles, published by Taunton (£5.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
To Make the Pillowcase
Mix a solution of 2 cups water and 1 cup bleach in a bucket. Stir to blend.
Fold the pillowcase in half. Dip the fold into the solution, about 1/2 in. deep.
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.
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.
Repeat Step 4 for the opposite edge.
Remove the pillowcase from the bleach solution. Rinse in water, then pour hydrogen peroxide over the pillowcase.
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.