2.27.2012

{create} ombre pillow

Happy Monday friends! Did you all have a lovely weekend? Our weekend was fantastic, until our furnace broke last night. On one of the coldest nights of the year so far. But, such is the life of a homeowner. It's being fixed today and it'll all be good :).

Last week I showed you our new living room pillows!

Today I put together a little tutorial for making your own ombre pillow.
I had a couple of white silk-ish pillow cases that I hadn't used in forever. So, I decided to experiment on one of those. I started with two colors of dye ... royal and navy blue. On the package, at least, they looked like they'd make a nice gradient-ombre effect :).

Make sure you read the directions on your dye packages. It tells you all sorts of good stuff like how to prepare the dye-bath, how to rinse and how to wash the fabric after, depending on what type of fabric it is. Good, helpful stuff.

I chose to dye my pillow over a pot on the stove. Once your dye-bath is prepared, put your fabric!




The amount of time your fabric is in the dye bath will determine the richness of the final color. So, I started by putting my fabric over half way in for just a few minutes. In the process, the color will *creep* up a little further, which creates a very cool watercolor-type effect. (Note: the color will creep on certain fabrics more than others. Silk doesn't creep as much as linen will. I think cotton will creep quite a bit too. If you're unsure, try different fabrics before you commit to which you'll use.) Then I pulled it a little out of the water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (see photo above). Once I was happy with the saturation, I rinsed it while preparing the darker dye. Once prepared I let the very bottom of the pillow sit for another 5-10 minutes, then removed, rinsed and washed. Now, the top of the pillow looks light blue? Because it is :). It was supposed to be cream, but the dye bled a little in the wash and I actually like the light blue a little better. Nice!
 
I'm really happy with how it turned out. So much more interesting than the cream pillow I started with, right? 

So, have you guys ever dyed anything? I remember tye-dying when I was a Girl Scout. After having done this on my own, I can't even imagine the patience of our leaders. A bunch of girls with really messy dye?? I'm sure we were outside :).  Would you guys ever dye something, or is it just too messy??

Update: I am linking this post over at Beth's Tutorials and Tips linky party, and


 
Update 3/13: I'm also linking this up to the Pinterest Party, hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power, The Great Indoors and Hi Sugar.
I have a number of ombre projects on my Pinterest boards, but it was this No. Four Eleven pillow specifically: pinned here, that launched this project.

Come over and check out all the amazing projects!

30 comments:

  1. I love it!! I started dying things last summer & am anxious to do it again, but when we moved, we gave up access to a washer/dryer, so I have to block out some time to use someone else's. :)

    Looks great!

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  2. Wow! I loved that pillow and didn't even realize you had made it yourself! Super impressive. I love it!

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  3. Sorry to hear your furnace decided to go on the fritz! The joys of home-ownership come in many surprising and unexpected forms, don<t they?

    Your ombre pillow turned out great! I've seen so many tutorials that use Rit dye & have been itching to try something, this is just another kick in the pants. :)

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  4. So fun! Maybe I'll try my hand at it--thanks for the tutorial:)

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  5. I think what it does for that little area on the couch is fantastic - nice work!! You're putting the manufacturers to shame. This process does give me horrors though and I don't think I could try it - or if I did I'd have to do it down in the basement in that tub.

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  6. This is gorgeous! I'd definitely give it a shot. I love the vibrancy of the blues.

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  7. You are making tye-dye look good, girl! This is such a cool idea. Love the contrast and pop of color it adds to the sofa!!

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  8. Oh wow! Your pillow looks great. I have been noticing similar color treatments at stores but didn't realize how simple it could be to DIY. I LOVE the intensity of your blues!

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  9. I have not used dye in many, many years. I love this effect and your pillow is beautiful! Just the perfect punch of color and it accents the rest of your sofa pillows perfectly! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  10. I love the ombre look and this is a great project Jenn, you made it look so easy!

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  11. Great tutorial! I love ombre and this is perfect! It looks like you spent a ton of money! I have added it to my DIY list...

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  12. That is beautiful! I need to get my hands on some white/cream pillows! I once died my baby wearing wrap, it definitely was tricky! I'm sure a pillowcase should be a touch easier :)

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  13. Wow - this is a fantastic tutorial! I love the pillow - looks like something expensive you'd buy at Pottery Barn :) Going to share on my FB page if that's OK with you!

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  14. I would love it if you shared Katie, thanks! :)

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  15. This looks really fun! We did alot of dying for our Halloween costumes and I'd definitely be game to trying this too! Beautiful job!

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  16. Nice! Those deep, rich blues lend a lot of visual interest to the room. I'm loving the table sculpture, too!

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  17. Great job and great tutorial
    Thanks for linking up!
    Lots of Love
    Ashli

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  18. This looks very cool - great job! Fabric dye kind of scares me, but maybe I'll get the courage to try a cool ombre effect one day!

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  19. This turned out so beautifully! I love the colors you chose :)

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  20. Love it! Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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  21. Psst... I featured you on my Pinterest Challenge round-up today! :-)

    http://tatumgreatindoors.blogspot.com/2012/03/wrapping-up-winter-pinterest-challenge.html

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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  22. Your pillow (and home) is just gorgeous! Glad I found you as well, so nice here! I have this linked to my ombre post as well today, for inspiration!

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  23. Hi Jennifer. I tried this (with a linen cover) and it didn't come out nearly as vibrant as yours did. Now after I rinsed (per the directions) I washed (per the directions) and that's when the muting occurred. Did you heat set first? Or did you follow the RIT directions? Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi Rachel! The fabric I used was a really heavy woven silk, and I'm sure that they type of fabric affects the outcome. I also left the fabric in the dye for quite a while -- I wanted to make sure it was really saturated before washing. But no, I didn't heat set and I rinsed and washed after wards. There was some fading, but I retained most of the color. So, my recommendation is to leave it longer because linen is such a light weight fabric. I hope this helps! :)

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  24. I want to try this! I have a question though.. did the pillow case have a zipper or something? How did you get the cover off..? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Meri!

      Yes, the pillow had a zipper. Most of my pillows are either zippered or envelope closure ... it helps them be more flexible.

      I'd love to see this if you give it a try! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Hi great tutorial. I am a newbie at fabric dyeing and I was trying to figure out, did you mix the two colors together?

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    1. Hi Jessica,

      I didn't mix the two together. I used one dye, rinsed and then used the next dye. That's what creates the ombre effect. Although, you can mix colors, it will just create a new color -- great for custom colors! :)

      Let me know if you have more questions :)

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