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A pretty pillow {DIY}

Who doesn’t love a good scatter cushion?! I’m a self-professed decor enthusiast and for ages now I have been wanting to give my cushions a bit of an update. I had this image in my mind of a navy blue ombre tie-dyed scatter cushion and I thought it would be stunning to try and create it.

Very sneakily, I waited for a weekend when my mom was coming to visit to arrange this little DIY project. My mom studied fashion design, has owned her own boutique, is a master seamstress and she’s amazing at tie-dye, from back in the 90’s when it was super trendy! So, it may have been cheating, a little bit! BUT… I can do a bit of sewing and a pillowcase is just a square, so what could go wrong!?

This was actually super easy to do and didn’t take too long at all. I am pretty happy with the end result. Here is a list of the items you will need and the steps to achieving this stunning DIY dye cushion…

You will need:

  1. 2 x 60x60cm cushion inners
  2. 2 x white fabric squares 60x60cm
  3. 2 x other fabric of choice (for backing of cushions)
  4. 2 x 60cm zips
  5. Fabric Dye


  1. Cut your cushion fabric to size (mine are 60x60cm)
  2. Rinse your fabric out
  3. Tie off the area that you want to remain undyed
  4. Bring water to the boil & add some salt.
  5. Mix your dye according to package instructions
    I made the first batch of dye a bit lighter by not adding all the dye to the water, to create the ombre effect.
  6. Dip your fabric into the dye as far you’d like the lighter blue to go
  7. Remove and add more dye to the water to create a darker blue
  8. Dip the fabric again a bit above the lighter blue section
  9. Remove from the water and squeeze out the excess liquid
  10. Rinse in cold water and untie the ties
  11. Dry in the sun and Iron once dry
  12. Sew up your cushions and bask in the amazing feeling of creating two scatter cushions for only R150!

This was a really fun project and I must say that I am hooked. I am so keen to practice my sewing skills and keep making things for our little home <3 They turned out exactly as I had pictured in my head. The blue is a bit brighter than I hoped, but I am sure it will fade with a few washes.

Love, Mix

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