Thursday, February 13, 2014

DIY Ombre Throw Pillow

One Red Shoe's Tutorial for creating an ombre pillow using Rit dye

I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive throw pillows- as well as ways to update the ones I find in bargain bins while thrifting.  (If you don't believe me, check out how my piped-edge pillow and ruffle pillow got their starts.)

Recently I found a pretty white pillow for a dollar at the thrift store.  I thought it was nice, but the white was too much for my family room, which has blues in it.  So I handed over my George Washington and splurged on a bottle of Rit dye and a teeny spray bottle at the Michael's.

I wanted to dye the pillow, but didn't want to dunk the whole pillow into Rit.  It didn't have a removable cover, and I could imagine the problems that could come from soaking the pillow in stainable liquid and then trying to create an ombre effect.  Disaster!  So here's how I accomplished the look with minimal mess (and how you can recreate this project for yourself):

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