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DIY Zip Code Bench Pillow

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By Angela Daniels

January 13, 2016

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Project Description

I keep seeing these darling zip code pillows at the boutique stores in town but they're REALLY expensive. I wanted to try my hand at making my own custom pillow for a fraction of the price and it really wasn't too challenging at all. I learned a lot with this first pillow and I think I could easily make a set of them as holiday gifts now.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 2 hours

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  •   black spray paint

  •   4 gallon pot

  •   painters tape

  •   rubber gloves

  •   stencils

Step By Step

  1. Paper stencils from my local craft store. I affixed the stencils to my pillow with Duck tape.

  2. To get a really crisp look for the numbers, I used black spray paint. It did over-spray a bit. Next pillow I'll add a double layer of duct tape to protect a wider area of the pillow. In the end, though, I dyed the edges of the pillows darker to make the over-spray part of the overall look.

  3. Once the numbers had dried, I removed the stencils and got my dye bath ready. I added 1/2 a bottle of Rit liquid dye to a large plastic bucket of hot water.

  4. I simply dipped the whole pillow directly into the bucket. That's it. I left the pillow in until I was satisfied with the color. Then I pulled out the pillow, hosed it down in the grass to make sure I had rinsed out any residual dye. Then I let it drip dry in my grass (don't worry, Rit dye is non-toxic so it's okay for the grass. I just hosed the area a bit after I took my completed pillow away.

  5. Cute, right?

  6. I have tried it out on both of my porch benches and think it's great.

  7. Check out the photo on how to do this step.

  • Alex Garcia

    I have large outdoor patio furniture chair seating pads. Could you use a spray bottle with diluted tie dye solution as the applicator. Spray pads, let sit and rinse with hose outside?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alex, Thank you for reaching out. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully.
      We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project.




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