Achieve lots of different looks with these simple home-dyeing ideas
Tie-dye is a very fashionable fabric finish this season, and you can get the look with home-dyeing. Whether you want to dye a T-shirt, a bag or a cushion cover, you're only limited by your imagination!
You will need
Item you wish to tie-dye: tablecloth, napkins, trousers, shirt, cushions, skirt
(this must be made of natural fibres)
old jug or bowl to mix the dye
1 pack of Dylon Hand Dye (24 colours to choose from)
Plastic bowl or sink
6.5 litres warm water (at 40°C)
Elastic bands or strings, depending on your chosen pattern
Wash the item you want to dye and leave it damp.
Prepare the fabric according to the instructions for your chosen tie-dye method - see the links to each pattern below.
Wearing rubber gloves, dissolve the dye in 500ml warm water.
Fill the bowl or sink with the remaining warm water.
Stir in the salt. Add the dye mix and stir well.
Submerge the fabric in the water.
Stir for 15 minutes, then leave in the dye for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Without untying the fabric, rinse it in cold water until the water runs clear, then untie and wash in warm water.
Dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
Wash the item separately for the first few washes to remove any excess dye.
Visit www.dylon.co.uk for more dyeing ideas
Try dip-dyeing for a shaded effect