Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Tie-dye Pillowcases with Children

You may have seen our post Tie-dyed Onesies using Jacquard Procion MX dyes in which professional nannies Cara and Kim did some fun tie-dyeing with the children they look after.

This post shows what the children made with the left over dyes!

Tie-dyed Pillowcases

The white pillowcase were first prepared for dyeing and then soaked in a solution of 20g soda ash per litre of water (allowing approximately 2 litres of water for every 100g of dry fabric). The soda ash solution is what helps to bond the dye to the fabric making the colours permanent and wash fast.


The bottles were filled with 150ml of hot tap water and 2-4 teaspoons of Jacquard Procion MX dye powder were added before shaking the solution to disperse the dye. This type of dye is for use on cellulose fabrics such as cotton, linen and rayon.

Tying the Fabric

The tied off areas of the fabric will absorb little or no dye and this will create the patterning on the fabric. You can use string by wrapping it tightly around the fabric before knotting it, or elastic bands pulled as tightly as they will stretch without breaking.

Applying the Dye

It is a good idea to protect all work surfaces and wear disposable gloves when working with the dyes. With help from the adults, the children applied the dye using the squeezy bottles. The children had a lot of lovely colours to choose from, although 2-3 colours can be equally effective.

Here are the tie-dyed pillowcases laid out to dry.



And here are the finished pillowcases!



Tie-dyeing Alternative Technique

Another method of tie-dyeing fabric involves the tied item being fully submerged is a bucket of dye solution. It is then allowed to dry before unwrapping the tied parcel. The fabric is then tied again (but in different places) and submerged in a different dye colour. This process is very effective if you only have two dye colours such as turquoise and yellow. The parts of the fabric that were protected by the ties will remain either turquoise or yellow. The parts of the fabric that were dyed with both colours will be green.

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