My name is Thalita and I’m a newlywed and new home owner looking for creative and inexpensive ways to update our small house and make it into a home. My husband Alex and I live in a lovely suburban neighborhood with our puppy Luther who always keeps us on our toes! You can find out more on my ‘About’ page over at The Learner Observer!
Here it is… the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Wait…What?
You’ve been living your own lives and not sitting by your computers
waiting for my next project? Well, I figured as much. Good for you for
not banking on me being a regular blogger and keeping some sort of
schedule. That would be cray-zay!
Without any more delay… here’s the latest thing I attempted to DIY:
I had a plain white pillow cover, which I purchased at IKEA a few months ago (in case you’re interested, it was the RITVA
cushion cover for $8.99). I started to get kind of bored with its lack
of colour and interest, and as we all know, dip-dyed ANYTHING is super
‘in’ right now, so I figured… why not? I stopped by Fabricland on a
whim one afternoon and picked up some dye. Then I got home and realized
I was going to need a large pot that I would be willing to sacrifice
for the sake of this pillow since I would never be able to use it again
for cooking – not cool. I then hopped into the car to the trusty
Salvation Army in town and picked up an old pot. I know… pure genius!
Here are the steps illustrated a bit more clearly than my ramblings:
1. Purchased Dylon dye in “Arabian Night.” 2. Washed
pillow cover, which, by the way, is 100% cotton – bonus when trying to
dye something. 3. Get the $4 pot ready and fill with water. 4.
Boil water. 5. Add dye. 6. Stir until completely dissolved. 7.
Begin the dip! 8. Figure out just how far you’d like the colour to
go. I figured just a little under halfway would be fine (the dye bled
upwards a little). 9. Let the cushion cover sit in the dye for at
least 15-20 minutes. I did my best to keep the whole thing submerged by
poking it around a bit. 10. Be ready to endure possible dying
tragedies! My t-shirt is not the only victim, sadly! 11. Rinse the
cover until water runs clear then lay flat to dry. 12. Put your
pillow insert back in and enjoy your work!
Pillow cover = $8.99
Dye = $4.59
Total = 13.58
So there you have it. A simple way to update a boring white pillow.
I didn’t include the cost of the pot because it’s something most people
might have on hand, and it’ll be used for other projects now. The
thing that made me feel really awesome about it was when I Googled
“dip-dyed pillow” and came across some rather expensive options in
comparison to mine.
The West Elm
version comes in several colours, but blue was not one of them. At $40
for just the pillow cover, it’s above what I like to spend on something
I know I will change often. The Bluebellgray option was the closest to my own creation, and it includes the stuffing in the cushion (which I paid $4 for, also at IKEA). Talk about a huge price difference! I saved $80 by creating my own.
So there you have it, friends. This pillow has been sitting on my
dryer, laying flat to dry for over a week now. Why didn’t I just walk
it upstairs and put it on the pillow until now? I don’t know. Why do I
feel the need to confess all of my faults to you all? I also don’t
know… maybe because you seem to understand my imperfections so well!
Usual last look? Ok!
this? It’s a bit blotchy – probably because I had the cover folded in
the pot, but I don’t mind its imperfection. What do you think?
Check out this great pillow and other creation at Thalita’s blog!