WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Fabric - we used 6m x 2.5m plain cotton - choose the widest you can find so it falls to the floor and pools at each end of the table
- 3 x Dylon Fabric Hand Dye 50g
- Large tub - not too big the dye level is low, but big enough to fit your fabric in
- Measuring jug
- Kitchen timer
STEP 1. Mix 2 packets of the dye according to the packet instructions, reserving 1 packet to run an extra deep pink at the end if you choose. We used Flamingo Pink.
Tip: If you want a deeper pink, mix another packet of dye - we wanted a really deep, hot pink, and mixed this one with 500ml less water than instructed!
STEP 2.Fold your fabric carefully and fold over - taking care to keep the sides of the tablecloth folded over to the same end so they both get dyed at the same time. In order to achieve an ombre effect, take your time to hand dip, first by submerging the ends approximately 15cm, dipping up and down 1-2cm so it doesn’t make a solid line for a few minutes. Leave the 15cm submerged in the dye for 15m. Use your rubber gloves to make sure the dye gets through to all layers of fabric.
STEP 3. Repeat this process another 2 times, each time dipping the fabric in further.
STEP 4. After 3 sets, dip your fabric in again another 5-10cm - jigging it up and down for another minute.
These dyes are permanent, but do take take care if washing your tablecloth with other items as sometimes they aren’t 100% colourfast.
Repeat the above process on smaller squares to make matching napkins like we did here!
PHOTOGRAPHY / PROJECT Miss Bunting