When you hear the words tie-dye, does it bring to mind the funky, groovy vibes of the 60s? Or perhaps you can picture the bright colors, wild patterns and cool designs of the era? Maybe you are interested in tie-dying something simple such as a shirt, or bandana but what if it was possible to deck your room out in the fun, bright colors of tie-dye? You could, if you chose to tackle a bigger project – your bedsheets. Use this sheets on your bed, as a picnic blanket or a beach sheet that will capture the eyes of everyone around!
A person’s bedroom is their heart and soul, their safe haven, and the one place they can let the barriers down and completely be themselves. Individuality makes for unique bedroom decor, and no two people are ever truly the same. This could be said about tie-dye as well. Regardless of the colors used, the patterns are never exactly the same.
So let’s read on and find out how to tie dye our own bedsheets to offer our bedrooms a piece of our creativity and indulge in the decadence that was the groovy 60s!
What You Will Need
If you have chosen to tie dye your bedsheets into a groovy mash of rainbow colors, there are some supplies that you will need to have on hand to complete this task. Ensure that you are equipped with the following before tie-dying your sheets:
- Light-colored or white bedsheets
- A tie dye kit (found at your local department or craft store or even online)
- Rubber bands
- Rubber or latex gloves for your hands
- Empty, clean bottles or large tub for the dye (unless the dye comes pre-packaged in squeeze bottles)
Step-by-Step Tie Dye
As with any project, time and confidence is key when tie dying a bigger item, such as a bedsheet. Have patience with your artistic expression and create something that is unique to your own personality.
To tie dye a bed sheet, you will need to do the following steps:
— Step One
Choose an area that is clean and open to maneuver the sheet in the ways you want them to go. An open craft room, basement floor, or even the grass is the best options due to the potential of leaking dye getting on the area you are working out of. Water will be involved in the process, so it is important to protect the flooring if tie-dying your bed sheets indoors.
— Step Two
Always ensure that you fully read the instructions of the dye, and if needed, wash the bed sheet according to the directions listed. Also, make sure you buy the proper kind of dye for linens.
— Step Three
Spread the bedsheet out in its full shape before grabbing the center of the sheet and spinning it in a circular motion. You can also pleat the material into accordion-style folds for a funky design or create puckers of material for polka dots or roses. There are various ways to shape the bedsheet for unique designs, which can be found with a simple Google search!
— Step Four
Continue the spinning motion until your bedsheet is curled into a spherical-like shape, with clear wrinkles in the material.
— Step Five
Use large rubber bands or a strong twine rope on each 4-5 inch long section to secure the sheet in this shape. You can also add differing patterns by crisscrossing the bands or twine a distinct spider web-like design.
— Step Six
Fully soak the sheet with water, either from a bowl or bucket; or enlist in the use of a hose, whether it be one hooked to your laundry tub or garden hose. The dye used for fabrics, whether it be dye formulated specifically for material or a tie-dye kit, will spread over the area smoother when introduced to water.
If you needed to wash your sheet in the washing machine before adding dye to it, skip the dryer and allow the sheet to stay damp after its been through the wash cycle.
— Step Seven
Once you have protected your hands with rubber or latex gloves, take the color or colors you want to use on your sheet and spread into the sections created from the rubber bands.
Some dyes may require the addition of salt or another additive to fully soak into the material but this should be made clear on the accompanying instructions. Another dyes may need to be mixed in a plastic bottle or tub before use. Most kits however, should come with squeeze bottles.
— Step Eight
Squirt the dye liberally over the area, allowing it to seep thoroughly into the bedsheet.
— Step Nine
Once all the color(s) is spread onto the sheet, place in the sun or an open area to fully dry.
Some dyes may require the use of a plastic bag or tub to allow for “curing” – which is the process in which the dye soaks into the fabric. Check the bottle for specific instructions.
— Step Ten
With your now dry sheet, use scissors to cut off the rubber bands or twine off the bed sheet and spread it out flat to dry. The patterns and colors will be visible right away but it is important to allow the bedsheet to fully dry before use, as dye could seep into your clothes or other bedding.
— Step Eleven
Check the instructions to see if you need to rinse your newly dyed bed sheets in cold water before use, as some dyes are strong enough to run, even after the first drying.
— Step Twelve
Re-make your bed to showcase the newest unique and fun addition to your bedroom! Use solid color accents to showcase the brightness of the bedsheets. For a dramatic contrast use darker colored accents and to soften the look to the naked eye, use lighter colors or stark white.
Now that you know how to confidently tie dye your bedsheets, why not pick up some fabric dye the next time you are at your local department or craft store? Enter an era where creativity and freedom was the way of the people and fully express the most colorful parts of your individuality with a unique-to-you design on your bedsheets. Use solid colors for accents, such as your pillowcases or comforter to make the colors of your dyed sheets truly pop for an eye-catching visual.If you have any questions or perhaps you have a few tricks to shorten the process of tie-dying your bedsheets, please feel free to comment below!
Remember to tie dye your bedsheets, you will need:
- Solid color bed sheets – preferably a lighter color
- Fabric dye(s) or a specialized tie dye kit from your local craft or department store
- A source of water
- An open area that will not be damaged from water or colored dye
- Rubber bands and gloves or twine and latex gloves