Tie Dyed Spiderweb Tablecloth

August 28 2019

Sure, store-bought Halloween party décor is great when you’re in a pinch. But we think this year you should skip the plastic skulls and dented foam pumpkins for this tie-dye spiderweb tablecloth. It was so simple to make and something you’ll definitely rescue from the attic year after year!

Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Black Used Here
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • Cotton Tablecloth
  • Salt
  • Twine
  • Large Plastic Container or Stainless Steel Sink
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
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. 
  2. Pinch the center portion of the tablecloth and hold it in the air, letting the 4 corners drop.
  3. About ½” from the pinched center, tie a knot with the twine and then begin wrapping it around the tablecloth, down the entire length of the fabric. 
  4. Pattern will vary based on the spacing and wrapping of the twine. The tighter you wrap it, the more white space there will be. We recommend not wrapping it really tight; otherwise you will not end up with enough pattern. 
  5. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with three gallons of 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. 
  6. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt 
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. 
  8. Wearing rubber gloves, add a bottle of well-shaken Rit All-Purpose Dye in Black to the dyebath. 
  9. Wet the tablecloth and then add it to the dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the fabric in the dyebath for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, leave the tablecloth 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 package instructions. 
  12. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear. 
  13. Carefully remove twine and unfold the tablecloth. 
  14. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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