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Apr 10, 2014

cat's crafts: how to dip-dye curtains

By: Catherine Therrien
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Apr 10, 2014

cat's crafts: how to dip-dye curtains

By: Catherine Therrien
Not sure about you, but I still love the dip-dye trend. I think it's a great way to spice up basic pieces as well as reinvent secondhand finds. Here, I took inexpensive plain white cotton curtains from IKEA and gave them a splashy pink dye job. Check out how I did it! dip-dye curtains Photography :: Ryan Brook/TC Media You'll Need
  • -curtain panels
  • -pins
  • -liquid or powder dye (I used RIT dye in Fuschia; available at crafts stores)
  • -2 large plastic buckets
  • -wooden stir sticks
  • -rubber gloves
  • -plastic drop sheets
  1. Wash the curtains and let dry until damp. 2. Mark a line across each curtain panel with pins to indicate where you want the dye to go up to. 3. Prepare your dye according to the package instructions. I used a large plastic storage tote for my dye bath. 4. Dip one of the pinned curtain panels into the prepared dye bath up to the mark. I was going for a gradient look so every couple of minutes I gradually moved the panel out of the dye bath (I started with approx. 5 to 10 minutes for the lightest section and then increased my time by about 5 minutes at each interval). Note: This is a two-person job; while one person works the curtain in the dye with the stir stick, the other person needs to make sure the rest of it doesn't touch the dye. dye bath 5. Once complete, rinse the dyed curtain panel in a separate bucket filled with clean cold water. Repeat with the second panel. 6. Let dry. I created a drying contraption in my garage by tying a string to each end of the garage door rails so that the dye on the panels would dry evenly. Hang as usual. drying contraption  
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