DIY tie-dye cushions


If your home decor is in need of an update, tie-dye cushions can make a bold statement and totally transform a room. You can pick them up in shops – but where's the fun in that?! Creating your own means you get a totally unique design and they're super easy to make. Get the kids involved, too – but just make sure you wear rubber gloves and old clothes in case the dye splashes! 
I made these cushions a year ago for a magazine article, but thought I'd share them again here so you can give them a try…

You will need

    Two plain white cushions
    1 pack of handwash dye per cushion (we used    Dylon China Blue and Ocean Blue)
    250g salt per cushion
    Stainless steel sink or old washing-up bowl
    Rubber gloves
    For the circle cushion:
    4 or 5 elastic bands

For the two-tone cushion

  1. Wash your cushion cover and leave it damp.
  2. Wearing rubber gloves, dissolve one packet of dye in 500ml of water. Then fill up your basin with about six litres of warm water, and dissolve the salt in that.
  3. Add half of the dissolved dye to the water and give it a good stir. Then submerge two thirds of the fabric into the water, securing the un-dyed third over the side of the bowl with stones or ramekins. Leave for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Pull another third of the cover out of the water, so only one third is left submerged, and add the remaining dissolved dye. Leave in for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the cushion from the basin and rinse with cold water. Then wash in warm water and allow to dry fully before using.

  6. For the circle cushion
    1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from the two-tone cushion.
    2. With the cushion cover flat, pinch up from the centre and gather the material together, tying an elastic band about an inch from the middle. Then tie elastic bands at intervals along the cushion, until you reach the edge. The dye can’t penetrate the elastic bands, so this is where the white circles will appear.
    3. Add all of the dissolved dye to the water and give it a stir. Then submerge the tied up cushion in the water and leave for 20-30 minutes. The longer you leave it, the darker the colour will be.
    4. Drain the water and remove the elastic bands. Then follow step 5, above.
    Ps, Cat's love the cushions, too…

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