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Since we moved into our house, which was *ahem* 4 years ago, I have done little to decorate our downstairs level. Being the eclectic person that I am, I came up with the idea to decorate the basement with a theme around our love of movies.
When I say “I”, I mean that after discussing with my husband “we” agreed that it would be pretty awesome to have an eclectic movie room. I’m working on more projects to give some life to the downstairs, and I thought that some throw pillows would be a great way to add to it. Here’s how I combined a unique tie dye technique perfect for summer (ice dying) with a t-shirt to make an awesome throw pillow:
ICE TIE DYE TECHNIQUE
SHOP THE SUPPLIES:
- White Cotton T-Shirt
- Pillow Insert
- Tulip Tie-Dye Kit
not pictured: scissors, sewing pins, sewing machine or simple needle and thread, rack, large container to collect ice drippings, plastic wrap, ice
Get your t-shirt wet and wring it out. Then, “scrunch” it up on a rack placed on top of a container. I used a glass Pyrex dish because it fit quite well with the rack. The more “scrunching” you do, the more chances of white peaking through. I wanted a lot of color, so I scrunched gently.
Generously cover the t-shirt with ice. I used crushed ice so that I could make sure to cover all of the edges without the risk of larger ice cubes sliding off right away.
Put on the gloves that come with the tie-dye kit (easy peasy!). Then, sprinkle the tie-dye color pigments over the ice. I had no rhyme or reason for where I placed the colors, I just sprinkled away. That’s the fun thing about this technique, it’s almost guaranteed to look pretty sweet no matter what!
Cover with plastic wrap so that it doesn’t dry out. Let sit for 6-8 hours (or longer). The longer it sits, the more intense the colors get. I didn’t want my colors to be too intense since I knew I was going to be painting a design over the top, so I let mine sit for 6 hours.
Rinse until water runs clear. Then, wash and dry alone.
Turn your t-shirt inside out and then slide the pillow insert into the t-shirt and up against one of the sides. That way, you will only have to sew up 3 sides instead of 4. Then, using your sewing pins, pull the t-shirt together along 2 of the sides.
Trim the excess t-shirt leaving about an inch from the pins (just in case). Using your sewing machine, or your needle and thread by hand, sew up along the 2 pinned sides. Then, remove the pins, turn right-side out, insert the pillow, and repeat for the last open side. This side will have a slightly raw edge, but it will blend with the other sides once trimmed.
Optional: using acrylic fabric paint, embellish your awesome ice tie dyed throw pillow with your design of choice. My husband is a Tombstone fan, so I used this minimalist Tombstone poster as inspiration.
I think it fits just fine with our eclectic movie vibe. My next project: a Breakfast Club themed throw pillow. Luckily I’ve still got plenty of supplies left with my awesome Tulip Tie-Dye Kit!