Wednesday, September 18 2013

DIY: Pillow pick-me-up with Jillian Harris

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Just like former Bachelorette Jillian Harris, dye-it-yourself is something people can’t get enough of.

The Love It or List It Vancouver TV host — slash Charlie Ford Vintage creative director — wanted to talk DIY ahead of her appearance at next month’s Vancouver Home and Design Show and why y’all should jump on the dye train if you haven’t already.

“Dye is having a moment this season! I’m seeing it everywhere — fashion, hair, even nails, and of course, in the home,” said the local designer.

Naturally, her ombre dye pillow project should be next on your home makeover list.

“I love how the dye stands out in a monochromatic room — it adds the perfect amount of pop to the space.”

And after you’ve done the pillows, you could even make matching bed sheets or a duvet cover to complete the set, suggested Harris.

Just be sure to prepare well, she added, as it does get messy. “I did mine in the shower.”


  • pillowcase
  • laundry detergent
  • bowl/pot
  • spoon
  • dye

How-to: Ombre dye pillows

1. Boil one gallon of water in a kettle. Pour a package of RIT dye into the bottom of a large bowl and pour the boiling water over the dye.

2. Stir the dye and water with a spoon. Make sure to stir thoroughly until all dye is dissolved — you don’t want any powder left behind.

3. Add a cup of salt and a tablespoon of laundry detergent.

4. In a sink, wet your pillowcase to the point you wish the dye to reach. Harris did 3/4 of the way.

5. Lower your pillowcase into the dye solution to the point where you dampened it. As the dye absorbs very fast, literally dip and pull out to the next section. This can be as thin or as wide as you like.

6. Let the colour develop in the next section for 20 seconds longer and pull the pillowcase up to the last section.

7. Pull out the pillowcase, making sure to keep your hands on only the part with dye, so as not to spread colour to the white section. Twist out all excess dye.

8. Head back to the sink and run the dip-dyed section of the pillowcase under lukewarm water until the water runs clear.

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