Introduction: Re-Vamped Pillow Sham

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I was busy switching things around at home and decided that rather then invest in all new linens I would re vamp some older pieces.

Step 1: Supplies

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I wanted to work with a B&W scheme:
100% cotton fabric
Black Dye
tray cardboard
large clips
water source
fabric marker

Step 2: Fabric

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First wet fabric

Step 3: Folding

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First fold in half lengthwise

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Begin at one end and fan fold to center

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fold other half and fold together

Step 6: Clamp Fabric

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put two clamps on each end leaving bout 3" of fabric

Step 7: Dye Bath

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Get your dye ready. I used a thickish fabric silkscreen dye that I had on hand. I needed to add about 3 tablespoons to 2 cups water. Make the water as hot as possible.
Follow directions for whatever type of dye you choose to use.

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I needed to stir the dye bath for several minutes to disolve the lumpy solution.

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Step 10: Dipping the Fabric

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Dip one clamped end of fabric in dye bath.

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flip the fabric and dip opposite end in dye bath. (oops this photo is sideways!)

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fold the fabric in half and dip the fold in dye bath.

Step 13: Un Fold the Pillow Sham

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Step 14: Un Clamp the Pillow Sham

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Step 15: Un Fold Completly

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Step 16: Dry

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Let fabric dry completly.

Step 17: Iron

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The dye I used directed me to iron my fabric with as hot an temp. as possible to set the dye. Follow directions for your dye.

Step 18: Cardboard

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Inset cardboard to give a firm surface to work on and avoid the fabric marker from bleeding through.

Step 19: Fabric Marker

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Use a fabric marker to draw into the dyed fabric to enhance your design.

Step 20: Finished Pillow Sham.

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Step 21: Extra/Extra

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I did some offset prints on paper with the wet dye when I unfolded my fabric. 

Step 22: Just for Fun

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Sometimes I use these papers for book covers or wrapping paper.


rachel pallis (author)2013-09-13

I wish I had just a smidge of your creativity and talent!
(and you)

antoniraj (author)2013-09-12

The design with the fabric marker rather than the dyeing looks good

Thanks....I think I should have used different dye. The dye I used is made for silk screening on fabric it was pretty thick, like greek yogurt!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-09-12

Oooh! I really like that :)

Thank You......I'm kinda happy with the results too!!!

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Bio: I am an artist living and teaching ART in NYC for over 30 years, and I am a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher. I love to ... More »
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