DIY Tie-Dye Pillow

Add character to a plain white pillow slip with with tie-dye. This easy DIY project is suitable for beginners or advanced dyers. You can transform two large napkins into a pillow slip or simply tie-dye an already sewn cover. If you like to dye, you probably already have all the needed supplies at home right now.

Tie Dye Pillow


  • Tintex Fabric Dye colour of choice (darker colours use double the usual amount & pastels use less dye)
  • Fabric (ex: 2 large white cotton napkins or already sewn white pillow slip)
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic bucket, glass or stainless steel bowls
  • Elastic or string
  • Scissors
  • Kettle 
  • Pillow
  • Optional: sewing machine & supplies (or hand needle & thread)


  1. Plan the design by selecting the colours you would like to use (the dye colour wheel has more information); know the order of colours to be placed onto your fabric.
  2. Prepare fabric dye solution as usual, by dissolving the required amount of powder into water heated in a kettle. Transfer the completely dissolved dye solution into dye bath and mix well.
  3. Use clean damp fabric (ex: large napkins or already sewn pillow slip). 
  4. Roll fabric into a tube, or try spinning/ folding where you would like a design and secure with elastic or string (this creates divisions of base fabric colour in your design). Try our 5 classic tie dye techniques.
  5. Pleat fabric together tightly with your hands and use rubber bands or string to secure (rubber bands or string create colour divisions that will show the original fabric colour).
  6. Dye fabric: use a spray bottle, squirt bottle or dip fabric into a dye bath (try alternating primary, secondary or complementary colours or any other combination).
  7. Cover dyed fabric with plastic wrap and set aside for a few hours or overnight to set.
  8. Rinse fabric until water runs clear. Wash and dry fabric as usual, you may also set design with a warm iron if preferred.
  9. Optional: sew together napkins by hand or with a sewing machine. Leave a small space at the side or bottom to turn pillow cover inside out. Hand or machine sew seam shut.

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