Tie Dye Pillow Cover Tutorial

Last week I shared a no sew pillow project that I did with a step by step tutorial on how I “sewed” my pillow. In the post, I promised to show you how I made the tie dye pillow cover, so that’s what we’re going to do today. I also made a video (shown at the end of the post) to show you the steps I took to get my design. This is my first attempt at making one, so please be kind. 😉

I haven’t tie dyed anything since I was a kid so I was amazed at all the dyes and kits they sell these days. To make things simple though, I just chose an inexpensive, standard tie dye kit for this project.

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Before I even opened my kit, I hopped on the internet to find different ways to make designs. I knew that I didn’t want the swirling circles that you usually associate with tie dye, but I did want some kind of stripes, so that was he kind of info I searched for. There’s so many tutorials and examples online but I really liked the shibori techniques so I ended up studying different ones and just started experimenting with my fabric. What I ended up with was very close to what I had envisioned.

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Are you ready to see how I got my design?

The first thing I did was to read the instructions on the kit I bought. Number one on the list was to wash and dry the fabric, without using fabric softener or dryer sheets. I didn’t want my fabric to shrink so I washed it in cold water and only dried it until it was damp and then hung it up to dry. I cut my fabric before washing it and, even though I washed it in cold water, it still shrunk a little bit. If I did this again I would make sure to add a few inches to allow for shrinkage. You can always cut the extra off.

Once my fabric was dry, I was ready to begin. First I set up an area to work using plastic bags and a really old towel. Now I’m ready to fold the fabric to make my design. All I did was to fold the fabric accordion style, ending up with a long strip.

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Next you want to start at one end of the strip and fold that accordion style.

Tie Dye Pillow Cover Tutorial | chatfieldcourt.com

I wanted to have some resistance against the dye, so I used a thin piece of wood on each side and made a sandwich with my fabric. Next I used rubber bands to hold my sandwich together (making them as tight as I could).

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Now I was ready to use my dye. My kit had a squeeze bottle with powder so I just added water, shook it well, and saturated my “sandwich” with dye. I made sure to get into all the folds and really soaked the fabric. When my dye got low, I added more water.

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Once I was sure my fabric was covered, I put my bundle into a plastic baggie and closed it tight, as per the kit instructions. The recommended time to let the dye sit was 8 hours but, because I wanted a deep blue color, I left mine for 24 hours.

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When I felt it was “cooked” I removed it from the baggie, cut the rubber bands off and removed the wood. Then I rinsed my fabric under cool water until the water ran clear.

All that was left to do was to wash it in the washing machine, on cold, with just a tiny bit of detergent and then I hung it to dry. Voila…all tie dyed up and ready to be made into a no sew pillow. You can see how I finished making my pillow here.

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This was so much fun that I’m already trying to figure out what I can tie dye next.

 Have you ever tie dyed anything?


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  1. Havok
    Monday,July 27, 2015 / 3:38 am

    Oh my goodness, this turned out amazing! I had no idea that “tie dye” could be anything other than swirly patterns! And that color is amazing – such a deep blue, it’s perfect! 😀 I don’t blame you for wanting to try it with other things!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 1:11 am

      I know, right? I thought I would have to do the swirly circles but…nope. 😉 I’m still searching for the next thing to tie dye.

      Thanks for stopping in Jessica!

  2. Monday,July 27, 2015 / 8:18 am

    Great tutorial, perfect directions step by step! I love the video. You’re a YouTube star now!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 1:14 am

      Thanks so much Kim and my hands thank you too. They are the real YouTube star (since that’s the only part of me you see). 😉

  3. Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 9:05 am

    I love how your pillow turned out! I haven’t tie dyed anything since the 70s when we used to do it to our shirts. Great job!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 2:38 am

      Thanks so much Betsy. The 70’s is the last time I tie dyed anything too. 🙂

  4. Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 11:07 am

    oh, I really LOVE this, that stripe/plaid look is wonderful!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 2:39 am

      Thanks Debra. I was trying for something that was a bit different.

  5. Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    That video turned out great! Much better than most of the other ones out there.

    I have never tie died anything in my life, because the 60s and 70s scare me LOL But I do love that pillow you made.

    Love the plant stand as well, from your last post 🙂


    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 12:48 am

      You are too funny Rue. I was a little nervous doing this project because the swirling circles tie dye just doesn’t do it for me, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. It seems like a great project for kids to do, so fun.

      Thanks so much for stopping in and checking out my projects, I really appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Monday,August 3, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Looks so easy!!!!! Pinning this for the future! Thanks!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 3, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Yay! That’s great Vel. It was easy and it’s a great project to do with kids. 😉

  7. Tuesday,August 4, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    This would be a great project for my teen daughter and her friends. Thanks!
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 5, 2015 / 12:14 am

      It would be a great project for kids to do. So fun!

      Thanks for stooping by Michelle. 🙂

  8. Wednesday,August 5, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I think that I did a tee shirt or two as a teenager ; you make me want to play again.

    I’m going to have to listen to Pink Floyd and oldies as well : )

    • Kristi
      Thursday,August 6, 2015 / 3:24 am

      Haha, you are so funny. I was a Supertramp girl myself. 😉

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