How to Ombre Dip Dye a Duvet Cover (Or anything else!)

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The master bedroom inspiration all started with this crazy cool purple octopus rug:

I was obssessed, Colin gave the go-ahead, and suddenly our master bedroom had to be this underwater wonderworld! Of course, with both of us travelling for work for the first half of the year, it is only NOW (8 months after moving in), that we are finally getting to the bedroom. (I won’t even go into the saga of how I went to go buy it online and then it was sold out everywhere and I maniacally stalked it down…)

Eventually as the bed and some furniture came in, I finally decided I wanted a cool watercolor-y effect for our duvet like this:


But I didn’t want to pay $300, so I decided to try to do it myself. I read online a bit on how to dip dye fabrics and came up with the following notes:

  1. Use cotton fabric only
  2. Wet your fabric first
  3. Set up something to hold your fabric in place for the different levels of dye
  4. Remember that when the fabric dries it will be MUCH lighter than when wet, so leave it in longer than you think you should.

Given those rules, I proceeded with a couple bottles of RIT dye, a $50 cotton duvet cover from Amazon, a giant bin, and a step stool.

  1. If you haven’t already, make sure you wash your garment first.
  2. Wet the garment down so it’s nice and damp to wet to the touch, but not dripping water everywhere. Fold it to a manageable size.
  3. Put on some gloves and mix up your dye in a large container (About 3-5 gallons depending on the size of your fabric). I started with blue first b/c I want the duvet to be blue into purple ombre to provide water blues while including the purple of the rug.
        4. Dip the fabric in to the highest height (and lightest color) that you would like. Leave it there for about 20 minutes, secured in place. I used the step stool to hold up the fabric.
      5. Pull the fabric out of the water to start the next section of darker color and leave in for another 10-20 minutes.
      6. Add the 2nd color to the same bin, or create a fresh bin of dye water and dip the next section. All the while you are doing this, be careful not to get the dyed part of the fabric onto the non-dyed part. It’s not the end of the world if you do (I did! whoops!), unless you are OCD. In that case, I can’t help you much. 🙂
      7. You can also do things like sprinkle some salt on the dyed fabric while it is wet to add some texture. The salt absorbs liquid and will make some lighter & darker spots on the fabric.
     8. Let the whole thing hang to dry some and then throw it in the dryer for a final fluff before you spread it out on your bed for an whole new look to your bedroom.
The colors definitely dried out MUCH lighter than what it looked like when I was dying it. I’ll probably re-dye to add more purple at a later point, but for now, I’m pretty happy with how the colors and textures came out!
 We also ended up painting the wall “Purple Rain” this weekend. Awesome paint name!!
D.I.Y Total price: 
$50 duvet
$6.50 2 bottles of RIT dye (Evening Blue & Purple)
$56.50 + ~2 hours of time (@ $30/hr)
DIY Savings: Approximately $150


Phew! We did it! Next steps, get some bigger side table lamps, some cool painting/photo for above the bed, hang our cool jellyfish, lamp, and get some damn curtains so we can sleep in on the weekends instead of being awoken to the blazing sun piercing through our reluctant eyelids!
Would love to hear your comments/questions/suggestions! So new at this home decor thing and figuring it out as we go. So far, I’m loving the fun, funky, and colorful space we are creating to welcome in our guests.



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