Dyed and gone to heaven
How to dye homewares and inject your spaces with colour
1 Fossick through your cupboards and turn your trash into treasure. If it’s fibre-based you can dye it – cushion covers, lace, old fabric, rope and even wood! Instructions on page 172
2 Everything old is new again especially with a fresh dye job. Colour your linen, lace and tea towels to up your home’s style stakes without spending big. Instructions on page 172
3 You’ll love your linen even more when it’s no longer plain white. Napkins, doilies, table runners – dye them all!
4 Spruce up shabby cushions!
Dye the covers in the latest on-trend colours and give your living spaces a whole new look. Use different techniques to give shade variations or do an overall dye for a solid colour.
5 Decorative key rings? Why knot! Just dye rope and use to make fabulous monkey-fist knots, then attach to oversize keys. After the first one, you’ll make them with your eyes closed.
6 Style your baby’s nursery
in jewel tones. Create a crib set, starting with this supersimple quilt. Dip-dye folded fat quarters for the top, then dye an old piece of cotton sheeting in a subtle blue for the backing. Leftover sheeting? Measure your bassinet mattress and cut a piece of fabric big enough to tuck under. Sew a simple hem and dye in a bright lovely colour. Love the bear? It’s dyed, too! Instructions on page 172
7 They look pricey but really these coloured wooden beads are cheap and cheerful. When dyed wood takes on a wonderful hue. Dye briefly for an uneven subtle tone and longer for deep, even coverage. Use beads to make jewellery or be extra creative and turn them into a wall hanging!
8 Get a designer lampshade
without the price tag. Create a one-of-a-kind statement shade by dip-dyeing a ready-made white lampshade. Simple!
9 Visible mending for the win! Have a stain that can’t be overdyed or a hole in a pocket that needs covering? Patch it using a small piece of fabric, then overdye the whole garment. No one will ever guess it’s a fix it job. Instructions on page 172
10 Make running errands fun and jazz up your re-usable shopping bags. Find lace or interesting fabric and overdye them in your favourite colour. You’ll never forget your bags at home again! Instructions on page 172
Make your shopping fabulous bags by adding colour and texture
11 Give gifts wrapped with love and individuality. Use your favourite paper or fabric and top it off with a luxurious length of cotton ribbon dyed by you. Instructions on page 172
Knitted or crochet cushion covers can be dyed too, just check the yarn is a natural fibre.