Dyed and gone to heaven

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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.

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