I’ve been itching to add more color to our house recently, without breaking the bank. While innocently browsing Pinterest, I came across an idea. Dip dyeing fabric. Easy peasy, right? You’re smart enough to realize this wasn’t as easy as I originally thought. So, I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up one box of purple powdered dye and set to work. What did I dye? I decided to ditch the plain white shower curtain we had in the main bathroom.
Of course most shower curtains are synthetic or a blend, but the people at Rit suggest an all cotton fabric. So, I found an old white king sized flat sheet to dye, hem to size and hang as a shower curtain. With my dye in hand, I gathered the necessary supplies. A 5 gallon bucket, hot water, salt, dish soap (I didn’t have liquid detergent so I improvised) a measuring cup, bowl, paint stirrer stick, and rubber gloves and took my dirty work outside.
Now looking back, that was mistake number one. I decided I wanted an ombre dyed curtain, with the top two-thirds white and the bottom a three-layered ombre. Because of my layers, I decided to divide the box of dye to make my darker shades. I used 1/4 of the box and about 2.5 gallons of hot water for the lightest layer and let it soak for about 15 minutes.
Then, I mixed up another 1/4 of the box to add to the solution I had going to dye my second layer.
Again, I let this soak for roughly 15 minutes.
I thought the distinction of layers was pretty noticeable, so I continued on with my plan.
Then, I used the remaining half of the box for my bottom layer, adding it to the mix and letting it soak.
When I thought I had several distinguished layers, I started rinsing the fabric in warm water, again outside. Lesson to you folks, don’t dye large pieces of fabric outside. Why? Because the fabric started falling and I grabbed it with my gloved, dye hand.
Mistake number two, I didn’t rinse the fabric out thoroughly enough. After washing in the machine, I had about 10 areas where the dye touched the undyed portion, leaving ugly blobs.
Mistake number three, I just gathered he fabric in my hand, so the bottom wasn’t even, making the dyed are wavy.
Mistake number four, I either used too little dye or didn’t let my fabric soak long enough because the dyed areas weren’t nearly as dark as I’d like. Of course, this mistake is personal preference. Total failure cost: $2.75 and a smidge of my pride, which doesn’t make it an epic failure, but annoying none the less.
Please tell me someone out there has made at least one of these mistakes when dyeing something? Don’t you hate when you have a brilliant idea and it doesn’t work well for you?