Dip dying is an easy, affordable way to personalize your home décor. From pillow shams to cloth napkins, there is no end to the number of projects you can customize with a little bit of dye, some water, and a good pair of rubber gloves!
I have been wanting to work with dip dyeing for a long time and when I found a $6 cotton table runner in the As Is section of Ikea, I knew I had found my material. For those that don’t know, the As Is section of Ikea is a DIY crafter’s magical special fairyland type of place. They sell all of their display items there for super low prices, so it is easy to find materials to experiment with that won’t break the bank.
- Cotton table runner
- Fabric dye – I used RIT dye that I bought at a local art store. Amazon also carries this if you don’t want to leave your house.
- Tub for mixing dye – I used an old cookie tin. Whatever you choose should be disposable.
- Rubber gloves
- Wash your table runner.
- Prepare your fabric dye per the instructions on the package. I mixed mine up in an old cookie tin.
- Fold your wet table runner into a small enough bundle so that it will fit in your tub of dye. If you are using a very small container, you can roll the runner into a tube shape to make it fit in the smaller space.
- With gloved hands, dip one side of your table runner into the dye and let it sit until you get the color you are after. Feel free to remove the runner and re-dip it as many times as you need.
- Once you get the color you are looking for, rinse the table runner under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Repeat the dip dying with the other side of the table runner.
- Once the entire runner is dyed and rinsed, throw it in the dryer. Enjoy your updated décor!
Side Note: There are all sorts of ways you can fold your table runner to get different looks. If you want the center dyed, fold the runner along the center line and dip only that portion. If you want stripes, accordion fold the runner and dip one side of the bundle. Feel free to play around with this one!