Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams

Recently I dyed my pillow shams a stunning indigo colour and in this tutorial I will show you exactly how I did it!

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams - So Much Better With Age

Recently, I’ve shared My Master Bedroom Style with Floor Plan and today I’m going to show you how I dyed those shams I was talking about.

As long as you use a natural fabric (i.e. not polyester), you can dye almost anything!

Indigo dyed pillow shams / before picture of sham - So Much Better With Age

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams

So I bought these beautiful pick-stitch shams in taupe along with a beautiful king-size quilt from Pottery Barn about two years ago. Then when we bought our upholstered bed it didn’t match 🙁   The shams were too close in color to the new bed and didn’t look good.

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams / Pottery Barn bedding - So Much Better With Age

So I bought a bottle of Rit dye in Denim Blue and went to their website and chose which way I was going to dye the shams. I chose the sink method.

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams / Rit dye - So Much Better With Age

 First, rinse/soak your fabric (shams) in hot water, wring out, and set aside.

Indigo dyed pillow shams / soaking the sham in water - So Much Better With Age

Then pour the bottle of liquid dye in the sink and fill up it about halfway with hot water.

{There are measurements on their website but honestly I just eyeballed it}

Uncrumple and add them to the dye bath.

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams / dye in sink - So Much Better With Age

Stir back and forth and all around for about 10 minutes using kitchen tongs (that’s what I used) and dish gloves. Longer if you want a darker color.

Rinse with warm water then cold water and wring out. According to the website, you can just stick the fabric in the dryer at this point but I went a step further and put them in the washer first as I was worried that the dye would still come out.

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams / sham in sink - So Much Better With Age

 The dye took to the fabric immediately and I think I could have either left them in the sink longer or not washed them in the washer if I wanted a darker color but I LOVE the color they turned.

Indigo dyed pillow shams / after picture of shams - So Much Better With Age

 So pretty stacked up too when not in use.

Indigo dyed pillow shams / stacked pillow shams - So Much Better With Age

What do you think?

I love the indigo color against all the neutrals and gold bees.

Indigo Dyed Pillow Shams / pillows on bed - So Much Better With Age

 And the best part that I LOVE is that the pick-stitch thread must have been a polyester blend as it didn’t take to the dye and now it really pops against the indigo blue.

Indigo dyed pillow shams / up close picture of indigo blue pillow sham - So Much Better With Age

Indigo dyed pillow shams / picture of bedroom with lamps - So Much Better With Age

Indigo dyed pillow shams / picture of bed with pillow and blanket - So Much Better With Age

 What do you think? Nice pop of color to the room, wouldn’t you say?

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  1. Oh my gosh Jamie!!! They came out great!! The whole room did!! I’m actually getting ready to dye a blanket indigo that I have, but my hesitation has been that it might bleed onto my other bedding (rub off) or bleed onto other colors in the wash? I think I will def. wash mine after I dye it like you did, but have you noticed any blue rubbing off your shams since you’ve washed them?

    1. HI Bre, I haven’t noticed any bleeding at all and I have a white duvet cover! Thanks for your sweet comment, I simply adore your blog!!

      I would soak it longer in the dye bath before you wash it because I noticed some of the dye did come out when I did that first wash.


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