Every design we craft is made to feel special and give your home a feeling of coziness that is true to you—and if you’re looking to give your linens their own one-of-a-kind signature, then indigo dyeing is the perfect project. This season, we drew inspiration from deep shades of indigo and the rich textures of vintage mudcloth to create unique variations in color and texture.
This DIY dyeing process uses natural indigo dyes to give your tired linens new life, or add a personal twist to your favorite textiles. In an hour or less, you’ll have a new pattern you love, in the cool coastal colors we can't get enough of.
You will need:
- 5 gallon bucket with a lid
- Pair of gloves
- Stirring stick
- Natural fabric or yarn
- Indigo Dye Kit
- Mild laundry detergent
- Boil enough water to fill a 5 gallon bucket
- Add pre-reduced indigo, hydrosulfite, and soda ash to the bucket with boiling water and stir in a one direction circular motion
Cover the bucket with the lid and let mixutre soak for 15-30 minutes.
- Note: The dye bath will be ready once the mixture is a clear yellow or yellow-green color.
- Create your design by using ties, folding the fabric, or simply leave as is.
Next, drop the fabric into a seperate water bath to pre-soak.
- Tip: Add a little soda ash to the water bath if you have it.
- When you are ready to start dyeing, wring out your pre-soaked fabric and place into the dye bath at 15 minute increments until you’ve reached your desired shade.
Once the fabric is removed from the dye bath and comes into contact with oxygen, it will slowly begin to turn from bright yellow/green to indigo blue.
- Note: The wet fabric will appear darker
- Place cover on the container and set aside the fabric, allowing the dyed piece to completely oxidize for about 20 minutes.
- After you've reached your desired shade, place the dyed fabric in a bath with mild detergent and vinegar and agitate gently. Wring out and hang dry.
- Once fabric is completely dry, wash with indigo items only using tap cold cycle with mild detergent.
- Dry on medium/low or hang dry.
- We recommend washing with like colors for the first few wash cycles.