Introducing a New, Less Messy Way to Tie Dye!
July 4th is almost here and there is no better way to set the scene than with festive, fireworks-inspired placemats — we’ve even come up with the easiest way to make them so they are completely washable and reusable! From messy BBQs to Sunday Fundays, we’ve got you and your tables covered ;)
– cotton fabric
– spray dye (we used red, blue and navy)
– sewing machine
– rubber bands
1. Fold fabric in half, measure and cut a 14 x 20 inch rectangle.
2. Sew almost all the sides but leave a five inch space to turn right side out.
3. After turning the placemat right side out, iron all the creases and corners. Sew the remaining hole closed.
4. Time to tie dye!
Technique 1: Grab from the center and tie rubber bands about every inch or so.
Technique 2: Grab in the center and swirl fabric to create a disc. Rubber band around the disk.
Technique 3: Grab small sections and tie off with rubber bands.
5. Spray dye! Make sure you get in all the small crevices.
6. Let dry and then un-wrap.
7. Iron and then set up your 4th of July BBQ!
Let’s get making!
Fold the fabric in half, measure and cut a 14 x 20 inch rectangle. Since we are making a placemat, try to use a more durable cotton.
Sew around almost all three sides, leaving about a five inch opening to flip the placemat right-side out. Iron the corners and sew the remaining hole.
Time to tie (spray) – dye! For the first technique you are going to grab the placemat in the center and tie rubber bands down about every inch. This will give you a bullseye effect.
Technique #2 is a swirl. Grab the fabric in the center and spin. Use the rubber bands to wrap around the disc shaped fabric to keep it in place.
Technique #3 is fireworks! Grab small sections and tie off with rubber bands.
All tied — now time for the dye!
Spray the dye onto the fabric. Depending on the thickness of your cotton you will need to massage the color into the fabric. Pro tip: Open up the creases and get the dye into as many crevices as you can! By doing so you will get the best possible results.
Once you’ve let the dye sit and soak in for about 30 mins, remove the rubber bands.
Ta-dah! Check out our spiral, bullseye and firework tie dye!
The empty white space occurs when you don’t fill in the crevices. Try to fill as many as possible for a dynamic tie dye effect!
Let’s put these babies to work!
Placemats will also work as table runners. This will jazz up any BBQ for sure.
Do you have any decorating tips for the 4th of July? Tell us in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)