The amount I paid is based on pricing in Hawai'i.
I paid $23 for this gray dyed canvas that will be used as slipcovers over our inherited 30 year old sofas.
First, I pre-washed the canvas with soap, a capful of Mrs. Stewart's bluing, and fed some bleach into the bleach dispenser in our refurbished top-loading washing machine. It's amazing how dirty the wash water looks even though the canvas came straight out of a plastic package and into the washing machine. The fabric shrunk a little, became softer after line drying, and was much cleaner. I highly recommend a first wash.
|The pre-washed canvas, RIT dye, and a cup of salt.|
|I placed the salt and powdered RIT dye in a metal bowl we use outside. The salt is used to help dye cotton, which is the main component of the drop cloth I bought.|
|I filled the bowl with hot water and mixed the dye and salt together.|
|I let the washing machine fill with water on a large load setting, then added the mix of powdered dye, salt, and hot water.|
|Using a super wash setting, the longest agitation cycle on our machine, and one rinse cycle, the fabric came out of the machine a fairly dark gray.|
|On the line, the dying appeared blotchy, but this evened out as the fabric dried. The color also appeared lighter when it was dry and no longer wet.|
Dying the drop cloth really was as simple as 1, 2, 3.
I used laundry detergent, bleach, and Mrs. Stewart's bluing
2. Mix and Dilute
1 cup salt + powdered RIT dye + hot water mixed in a container and poured into a water-filled washing machine
3. Wash, Rinse, and Dry
Run your washing machine on the longest agitation setting with one or two rinses. Remove the cloth and dry. :) Let the cloth sit in the liquid before washing if you want your fabric dyed dark or closer to the powder color. Consider this project done!
Here's an image I put together to help me remember the steps I took in case I want to dye the slipcover fabric again.
This project is part of my $500 living room
It's the final project, and may possibly break the bank!
Our living room furniture budget (costs rounded up to the next dollar):
$11 left for repairing and slipcovering those sofas...uh oh.
Any suggestions for how I could make $11 stretch are welcome here!