DIY Ombré effect duvet cover


I think I’m a little obsessed with this photo! I just love the colours, the brightness, the lush leafiness, it’s too much. I really want to get these soft pinks and bright greens into my bedroom colour scheme somehow, and after browsing seemingly endless websites searching for a soft pink duvet cover (ha – as if I spent my Friday night actually doing that…), I decided to make my own ombré effect duvet cover. I love how it turned out! It’s not toooo pink, but the splash of colour is just perfect. Here’s how I did it:

From Wilko (the home of all DIY goodness), I purchased a plain white duvet cover, two packets of DYLON powder pink dye (although I only used one), and the complimentary DYLON dye salts (I used half the packet). I also sourced a bucket, a stirring stick and some rubber gloves. 

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First, prepare the dye according to the packet instructions. For the dye I used, it was a simple matter of first dissolving the whole packet in 500ml of warm water, and then combining this mixture with 250g of dye salts in 6 litres of warm water. 

Once done, I washed my duvet cover, leaving it damp as per the instructions. Because I wanted to create an ombré effect, I divided the bottom half of the duvet cover into four rough sections and made a small pencil mark on the edge of the duvet to mark each quarter. I rigged up a contraption to suspend the duvet in the dye to the chosen level, (using an indoor washing hanger thingy) and then gradually submerged the fabric over the course of the next hour.

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To achieve the dip-dyed effect, here are the timings I used:

First fifteen minutes – fabric submerged to the first line, stirring constantly
15-20 minutes – gradually moving the fabric until it is submerged to the second line, stirring constantly
20-30 minutes – fabric submerged to the second line, stirring occasionally
30-35 minutes – gradually moving the fabric until it is submerged to the third line, stirring occasionally
35-45 minutes – fabric submerged to the third line, stirring occasionally
45-50 minutes – gradually moving the fabric to the fourth line, stirring occasionally
50-60 minutes – fabric submerged to the fourth line, stirring occasionally

So I moved the fabric slowly for five minutes, and then left it submerged for the next ten, and then repeated until an hour had elapsed – I hope that makes sense, I’m trying to make it as clear as possible but it does seem rather confusing!

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After the hour of dying, I rinsed the sheet in cold water, and then dried it naturally – being careful to avoid direct heat or sunlight, as the packet suggested (I hung it over the bannister so it dripped on all of my flatmates as they came up the stairs, mwahaha)

It was actually so easy to do, and I’m really pleased with the tiny bit of colour it adds to my room, while the predominantly white duvet cover makes the space seem bigger and not too cluttered. 

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[I have to apologise for the awful photo quality! It is incredibly difficult to take photos of my room from this angle, and despite trying these photos at all sorts of different times, I just couldn’t get the lighting right. I hope you get the picture anyway, in real life it is a bright and gorgeous powder pink!] 

There are so many possibilities for this DIY, it’s a much cheaper method than buying your own duvet cover, and when it’s this easy, you could have a different duvet cover for every day of the week! (although who can be bothered to change a double duvet cover?! These things are a right hassle let me tell you.)

PV x