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DIY Dip Dye Drapes

February 16, 2012 by admin

Now if that’s not some fun alliteration I don’t know what is!

I was just scouring the internet for something completely different (black wicker chairs actually) and stumbled upon this shot of a DIY I did a while back for House & Home Magazine with my friend Andrea Mills.  It’s a goodie and worth sharing here, I think.

Created & Styled by Michael Penney and Andrea Mills; Photography by Angus Fergusson; House & Home Magazine


We started with some 100% cotton drapes from Ikea, a bucket, some rubber bands and some dark blue fabric dye.

1.  Mix dye according to package directions in large bucket.

2.  Scrunch lower quarter of drapes and fasten with rubber bands to create tie dye effect.

3.  Dip lower quarter of drapes into dye and let sit according to directions.

4.  Carefully remove drapes and rinse dyed portion in the sink. Let dry.

5. Voila!

We loved their beachy, fashion-forward effect in a traditional living room with clean white walls.  But you could go wild and use them in a multi-patterned, lush and layered bedroom, teen’s room or dressing room maybe.  Or even go with a much paler fabric dye and use them in a subtle, sophisticated application.  Give ’em a go!


  1. I love this Michael! The project, the styling, the photography. The only problem – I’ve never been the “best” at DIYing! Any chance these finished beauties are for sale. LOL!

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  5. maddie says:

    what dye did you use?

  6. Lovely! We have to have white-backed blinds (body corporate rules – to look uniform from the outside) and couldn’t find any white backed, colour blinds we liked, so this would be a great way to add some colour from the inside! Thanks :)

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  8. Maddie says:

    Is this the navy RIT dye? Liquid or powder? And did you wet the curtains first or dip them dry?

  9. Meg says:

    LOVE this idea! I just moved into an apartment on the beach and would love to make these. I have been searching IKEA for these curtains! What curtains did you use?

  10. Staci Clark says:

    Hi! I would love to do this. When you say “scrunch” what does this mean?

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  13. ViolettRojo says:

    Great ! simplicity is so difficult :-)
    thank you for sharing.

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