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February 17, 2017

Spring Spruce // DYLON collab

Spring is coming!

Longer, brighter days and colourful flowers are on their way, and as much as I love Autumn/Winter I cannot wait.

I’m a big fan of the ‘spring clean’ and sprucing my home up to inject some life back into it, so when DYLON UK got in touch to ask if I’d like to collaborate on with a homely tutorial I immediately said yes!

Dylon Collab

With DYLON fabric dyes you can wake up your wardrobe, revive faded clothes or spice up a room with a touch of colour. Making a change with colour has never been so easy! A whole spectrum of colourful possibilities await you…

I was very kindly sent two packets of hand dye to experiment with – I chose ‘Powder Pink’ and ‘China Blue’ as my two colours.

As it’s almost pancake day (a very celebrated holiday in this house), I had the idea to turn some plain white table linen into something a bit more colorful with a pink and ombre dip dye.

The dyes were very easy to use with clear instructions. I’ve never dyed anything by hand before so I was super nervous, but I’m absolutely chuffed with the results.

Want to have a go yourself? Have a read of my how-to below!

Ombre Dip Dye

You will need:

🌸 Fabric of your choice – it could be an old shirt, tea towels or pillowcases. I chose a plain white table runner and napkins.

🌸 DYLON hand dye – I used two packets, one of each colour.

🌸 250g of table salt per packet

🌸 6 litres of hot water per packet

🌸 Rubber gloves

🌸 A bucket or bowl big enough to dip clothes into

🌸 Measuring jug

Instructions

  1. Prepare whatever it is you’re planning on dyeing. I didn’t prewash my napkins or runner, just ironed them to make sure no creases remained.
  2. Mix up the hand dye per the instructions on the back of the packet.
  3. Fill your bucket with 6 litres of hot water, and mix in the salt.
  4. Once dissolved, add around 1/4 of the dye and stir.
  5. Pop your gloves on, grab the item you’re dyeing and dip it 3/4 of the way into the water.
  6. Leave it submerged for around two minutes, and then squeeze out the excess water.
  7. Add another 1/4 of the dye and stir.
  8. Dip your fabric in again, however this time only about 1/2 way up. Leave for a few minutes and then squeeze out the excess water.
  9. Add another 1/4 of the dye and stir.
  10. Dip your fabric 1/4 of the way up now, leave for a few minutes. Squeeze out the excess.
  11. Add the remaining dye and stir.
  12. Dip only the very ends of your fabric into the mixture for around one minute, and then carefully squeeze out the excess water.
  13. Rinse in cold water until no colour runs.
  14. Allow to drip dry – I assembled a clothes airer in the bath so that any drips would be caught. Once the fabric has stopped dripping, run through a low temperature wash without any washing powder or fabric conditioner.
  15. Iron (if necessary) and enjoy!

The whole process went much smoother than I could have imagined, and even though the ombre effect was more subtle than I had imagined I still love the result.

I very much enjoyed my experience with the hands dyes and plan on picking up some of the washing machine dyes soon to breathe some life back into my comfy faded jeans. For under £4 you seriously can’t go wrong.

Dylon Collab

As always I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial – drop me an email or a comment if you have a go yourself, and give me some ideas on what you’d like to see next time!

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