Dyed Wall Tapestry

April 29 2019

Decorating your home for the first time or simply looking to change things up? We’ve got the perfect DIY that will make a big statement in your home. The best part about it? We used a spare queen sheet! Not only do we love how this dyed tapestry turned out, we can’t get enough of our new Indigo color. Scroll to learn how we did it! 

Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Indigo
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • 100% Cotton Sheet
  • Twine
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stirring Stick
  • Plastic Container or Stainless Steel Pot
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Scissors
Time
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Difficulty
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Instructions
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. Soak cotton sheet in cold water and soap, rinse and leave damp.
  3. Spread damp cotton sheet onto clean, flat surface.
  4. Fold in half lengthwise and again widthwise.
  5. Fan fold diagonally from bottom horizontal edge to the perpendicular vertical edge. End shape should look like a thin cone.
  6. Wrap entire length of cone with twine. The tighter you wrap, the more white space will be shown on your completed project. Set aside.
  7. To prepare dyebath. Fill a large plastic container or metal sink with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  8. Wearing rubber gloves, add 1/2 cup of well-shaken Indigo to dyebath. Stir well.
  9. Submerge prepared fabric into dyebath. For high contrast pattern, keep in dyebath for about 3 to 5 minutes. For more color and less white space, leave  wrapped fabric set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
  10. When desired color is achieved, remove wrapped fabric from the dyebath. Do not remove twine.
  11. We strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these instructions.
  12. Rinse in cool water until water begins to run clear.
  13. Carefully remove twine.
  14. Unfold dyed sheet and hang to dry completely.
  15. When dry, iron out any wrinkles for a smooth surface.
  16. Hang to display!
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