Feeling Smurfy

19 Nov

My blue finger

Those of you who follow me on Facebook already got a little preview of this project. Well, not so much the actual project – more like what happened to my finger while doing this project.

I’ve been working on my master bedroom update for awhile and have been collecting new stuff for the room over the past few months – new duvet cover, a pretty quilt, curtains, a new trunk for the end of the bed, blah blah blah. Well, all these thing cost money and I was starting to feel like this project was adding up to WAY more than I wanted (I haven’t actually totaled everything yet, I was just getting that feeling).

So, when I started shopping around for new sheets and realized that I couldn’t find exactly the color I imagined in my head AND they were all super expensive, I decided to get a little crafty.

I already had a pair of flannel sheets that were super worn and comfy, but they were kind of an ugly light green color. I’ve never actually dyed anything before (besides my hair and tye-dying stuff at Girl Scout camp), so I was a bit apprehensive about dying my sheets. It just seemed like a great big pain in the keister while also being quite messy.

I put on my big girl pants and decided to do it and I’m kind of mixed on the results.

First, here’s my step-by-step of what I did:

Step 1: wet the sheets. Hey look, having an ugly green tub comes in handy because I don’t have to worry about staining it!

Step 2: fill plastic container with hot water and add 2 bottles of Rit dye. I used Evening Blue.

Step 3: add wet sheets to container of dye/water and swish them around for 30 minutes. I’m wearing gloves AND used a paint stirrer to swoosh, but I still ended up getting dye on my fingers.

Step 4: yeah, you didn’t really think I was actually going to stir for 30 minutes did you? I stabbed the sheets down with my paint stirrers and wandered away after about 10 minutes.

Step 5: CAREFULLY dump out the dye/water. No splashing around otherwise you’ll dye everything blue!

Step 6: rinse out the sheets over and over again until the water finally runs clear. Once again, I’m kind of lazy, so it wasn’t TOTALLY clear but close enough. I then threw the sheets in the washer and put it through with my normal detergent.

All done — here are the finished sheets after going through the washer and dryer (washed them on cold, but I pretty much wash everything with cold water).

So, yay — I saved money and dyed my own sheets. I kind of half-way followed the directions on the Rit bottle, but looking back I probably should have bought a couple more bottles of dye to throw in there. I really wanted a more vibrant blue color… kind of like the shade of blue they were before I washed all the dye out. Of course, who knows if the sheets would have even sucked in more dye if it had been added.

All in all, I’m not really going to call this little project a “win”, more like a “eh..better than they were before”. In person, they do look like a pretty faded blue, rather than a dumpy pissy green. So, I can’t really complain too much — I spent around $8 and it took less than 30 minutes of my time.

How about you, have you dyed anything instead of buying new?

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7 Responses to “Feeling Smurfy”

  1. Words for Worms November 19, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Yeah so my OCD husband turtle waxes the kitchen sink and lectures me on water spots. I can’t even imagine the conniption fit he’d have if I tried to DYE anything in the house. Good heavens. I once tried to fabric dye a white plastic bird (it was spray dye) so I could make a Carrie Bradshaw veil for my SIL’s bachelorette party. I gave up and used a peacock feather. The bird was atrocious.

    • JoulesDellinger November 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      Yeah, even though I have the ugly green bathtub to use I still did the main dying in that rubbermaid container. Apparently you can dye in your washing machine, but there is NO WAY I’m putting blue dye in my brand new washer!!

  2. sharemynonsense November 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I would so get the colour everywhere if I attempted this, I’m way too clumsy… Agreed though that the blue while they were soaked would look amazing! Maybe just dye them a few more times until they’re the colour you want??

    • JoulesDellinger November 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      I was totally thinking of trying to just layer on dye a couple more times, but then I decided that I’m just too lazy to redo the process. As it is, I was super surprised that I didn’t end up with blue grout! =)

  3. Jenny November 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Because the sheets were already dyed one color they may never dye a darker blue. The fibers can only hold so much dye. It may have helped to dye on your stove…the hotter the water the more the fibers relax and become porous. The green color may also be dulling your blue.
    And one more dying thing….your color always looks brighter when wet. When I dye fabric I leave it in the dye bath longer than I think I need…between rinsing and drying you can lose much of your intensity.
    if you do attempt dying in your washer. follow up with an empty bleach wash!
    I love dying fabric!

    • JoulesDellinger November 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Thank you so much for the hints! After living with the sheets for a week or so, I now kind of love the color they turned out. I still have two bottles of teal dye though, so now I need to figure out something else to color…

      • Jenny November 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

        Dying is very addictive! =)

        For a brief time… I had very little white things left, because I kept dying them colors.

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