As I shared, my first ever fabric dye slash ombre project didn’t go as well as I imagined it would. (Thank you so much for your tips and tricks.) Bummer, but I don’t give up that easily. I’m Polish after all. Wait, maybe Polocks aren’t known for stubbornness as much as ignorance. Either way, I was determined to try it one more time.
Having learned from my mistakes, I bought two boxes of purple dye and a full-sized flat bed sheet.
I also used the main bath tub. About half way into my process, I laid a junk towel under the bucket to protect the acrylic tub. Pretty sure a dyed bath tub would be an epic failure, even if I successfully dyed the curtain.
I slipped the curtain clips through the curtain rings because the clips were too small to fit on the shower rod. Then, I clipped my sheet up so I wouldn’t have to touch the curtain, just the rod and clips. I highly suggest this method.
I decided to use one half of a box to dye my first ombre layer.
I didn’t realize it until later, but I completely forgot to add salt or liquid soap. Oops. I did however let the sheet soak for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly with a stainless steel spatula. With a nice, saturated color, I moved the curtain rod up about eight inches and added the second half of the box to the bucket.
After 20 or so minutes, I moved it up another eight inches and added the entire second box to the mixture to let it soak. Before dumping the dye solution out, I dyed the ends of two white towels, just for fun. I rinsed out the sheet and towels, but as I neared the end, Everett woke up from his nap, so I quickly rinsed out the rest and popped it into the washer for a quick clean.
Now, I had to figure out a way to hang this thing. I started by sewing the sides to the width of our shower curtain liner. I ironed the edges and got freaked out because the heat of the iron turned the dye pink. After 15 seconds or so, the color did go back to normal. So, I continued ironing and folded the edge over twice to get a clean edge and pinned. I planned to only sew one side and the top to get my measurements. The white thread from the sheet didn’t absorb the dye, so I was safe using white thread to hem everything. I sewed my side first.
I considered sewing button holes to hang from, but my button-hole function didn’t want to work for me. Plan B. We needed a new curtain liner for our bathroom, so I cut the grommets off the old one to sew to my sheet. I pinned right sides together so my seam would look as seamless as possible.
Then, I stitched right along the plastic edge, but not on it.
A quick pressing with the iron made a nice crisp seam. Unfortunately, I did have dyeing issues again. Off to rectify that situation.
So far, I’ve spent 9 dollars and 99 one hundredths of another buck on a flat bed sheet, and $5.50 for two more boxes of Rit dye, bring our total (including yesterday’s failure) to $18.24. Not too bad considering the only other curtain I liked cost $29.99. So, we’re still $11.75 under budget, failures and all.
How much are you willing to spend on a shower curtain? Have you ever made one yourself?