I have had a fun time playing with RIT Dye this week! The challenge was Halloween and I immediately thought I'd love to make a pillow to add a little Halloween Decor to my couch. I thought a Bustle Pillow Sham was the perfect way to do that:
First up, let me talk about dye - - it is a great way to make a custom project. You know I LOVE using sheets in my sewing projects - I pick them up at garage sales and thrift stores for super cheap. But with that method, you don't have much of a color choice. That's where RIT dye comes in - you can make a white sheet a custom color.
Take a sheet and cut it into chunks...
The different chunks was because I initially was going for an ombre effect. But plans changed....
I mixed a couple of bottles... I didn't want the orange too sunshiney, so I added some black. In retrospect, a little black goes a long way and I probably should have added only a drop.
One hint with dyeing fabric is to have it saturated with water first. That way the dye will absorb evenly:
I poured the dye directly into my sink and added just a little water:
Now, for the ombre -- between each chunk of fabric, I would add more water to the dye to dilute the color - it worked well - - here are my four different shades:
Now, on to construction...
Cut millions of circles:
Fold each circle in half, then in half again to make a triangle:
Then you need a square the size of the pillow you want:
Sew all the triangle circle things to the big square of fabric, in rows, like so:
I sewed rows of big circles on the bottom, medium circles in the middle, and small circles on the top.
For the back of the pillow, I made an envelope so it can be a pillow sham (fit over other pillows). Just take 2 pieces that are bigger than the pillow (I used the edge of the sheet so they're finished edges), and then overlap them and pin the sides. Voila.
And enjoy!! I love the pop of fall orange it adds for Halloween.
I fluffled up the front to show you the texture it can have:
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