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Fabric Dilemma

by Aeolidia Team / 6 comments

Now that V is in her toddler bed, I need to make her a nice little duvet cover that compliments her bed skirt. I ordered this vintage striped sheet from Etsy, but now realize that the colors might not mesh as well as I had hoped.

I want to dye over the sheet to change the white to a more off white, and in doing so slightly darken the pinks in the sheet. But how do I do this? I know that I have read about dying over patterned fabric in the past, but cannot for the life of me find any tutorials online!

Should I use a tea to lightly change the color? I do have plenty of fabric to test this method out a bit.

I am also going to spray paint Violet's toddler bed. It was given to us by my sweet sister-in-law, and she has given me her blessing to do with it what I want.

I am leaning towards a deeper blue or a green. But I am open to other colors.... oh my indecisive mind!

So what do you guys think? Can you recommend any great dying techniques or DIY's? Which paint color for the bed?


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  • Sage Dawson on

    Disclaimer – I’m no pro at dying fabric.
    I think the tea would darken the pinks, but also might warm them up and make them a bit browner.

    I’d make test strips, mix up several strengths of tea and try a couple different packages of rit dye and then decide.

  • aPearantly sew on

    Unfortunately, I have no recommendations for dying the fabric, but I vote green for the bed. Also, I just wanted to say that I love the fabric you used for the bedskirt. I saw that a while ago and have wanted to order some ever since.

  • Artsy Momma on

    Over a year ago Oh Fransson did a few dying experiments and put them on her blog. These may help you out:


    The light green would match really well but the blue may really make everything pop if that is what you are going for.

  • Gingiber on

    Apearantly, so glad that you like the fabric for violet’s bed skirt! It is Alexander Henry!

    Sage! I am trying the tea stain idea tomorrow.

    Jenna, you know I cannot get away from green! I have to find the green color in plastic ready spray paint!

  • Jenna on

    Green bed. You know you want to. You can’t escape it.

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