The amount I paid is based on pricing in Hawai'i.
I paid $23 for this gray dyed canvas that will be used as slipcovers over our inherited 30 year old sofas.
First, I pre-washed the canvas with soap, a capful of Mrs. Stewart's bluing, and fed some bleach into the bleach dispenser in our refurbished top-loading washing machine. It's amazing how dirty the wash water looks even though the canvas came straight out of a plastic package and into the washing machine. The fabric shrunk a little, became softer after line drying, and was much cleaner. I highly recommend a first wash.
|The pre-washed canvas, RIT dye, and a cup of salt.|
|I placed the salt and powdered RIT dye in a metal bowl we use outside. The salt is used to help dye cotton, which is the main component of the drop cloth I bought.|
|I filled the bowl with hot water and mixed the dye and salt together.|
|I let the washing machine fill with water on a large load setting, then added the mix of powdered dye, salt, and hot water.|
|Using a super wash setting, the longest agitation cycle on our machine, and one rinse cycle, the fabric came out of the machine a fairly dark gray.|
|On the line, the dying appeared blotchy, but this evened out as the fabric dried. The color also appeared lighter when it was dry and no longer wet.|
Dying the drop cloth really was as simple as 1, 2, 3.
I used laundry detergent, bleach, and Mrs. Stewart's bluing
2. Mix and Dilute
1 cup salt + powdered RIT dye + hot water mixed in a container and poured into a water-filled washing machine
3. Wash, Rinse, and Dry
Run your washing machine on the longest agitation setting with one or two rinses. Remove the cloth and dry. :) Let the cloth sit in the liquid before washing if you want your fabric dyed dark or closer to the powder color. Consider this project done!
Here's an image I put together to help me remember the steps I took in case I want to dye the slipcover fabric again.
This project is part of my $500 living room
It's the final project, and may possibly break the bank!
Our living room furniture budget (costs rounded up to the next dollar):
$11 left for repairing and slipcovering those sofas...uh oh.
Any suggestions for how I could make $11 stretch are welcome here!
Why did you go with the black dye and not gray?ReplyDelete
Hi, Cheyenne! I purchased the dye at a store local to me, and they only had black dye available. It worked out for me, though, because I had read elsewhere that if I ran it through my washing machine cycle, the drop cloth would not dye as dark as if I had let it sit for an hour or so. Thank you for the question! :) I hope my answer helps bring clarity to this post.Delete
Thank you so much for taking time from your busy life creating a comfortable and budget wise home!
I am thinking of using a drop cloth to cover my couch, (My dog believes that this is the best seating in the house:)
I wanted to dye the cloth, and noticed that you used both bleach and bluing. Did you add the bluing to remove additional color from the drop cloth? Also, as I looked around on your blog, I noticed that you also paint. Do you have any experience painting a drop cloth that will be sat on?
Thanks very much:)
Hi, Marlene. Thank you so much for your comment and questions. :)Delete
I added both bleach and bluing to optimize the whitening of the drop cloth as much as possible, primarily because I was shooting for a cool gray, rather than a warm-toned one like the drop cloth was naturally. I am not sure how much each helped, but I included that information in case anyone needed to replicate my steps. =D
I've not yet painted a drop cloth to sit on, but I do hope to make stenciled drop cloth pillows in the future. You could use fabric paint or a fabric medium that you mix with other paints so that the fabric is still relatively flexible and washable.
Here is a link to a drop cloth stenciled with fabric medium that may help:
Stenciled Pillow Covers
I'd love to see how everything turns out, Marlene! =D
Have a wonderful weekend!
Have you noticed any color bleeding after using the dye? I'm thinking of doing a few drop cloths to cover my couch, but don't want to stain the original white brocade.ReplyDelete
I have not noticed color-bleeding, although the stain has faded after almost 2 years without stain guarding it.Delete
My best recommendation is to conduct a test - sample some dye on old white bedsheet and lay it against another white cloth to see if it does bleed through. :)
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