Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm Just Mad About Saffron...

I have a hard time throwing useful things out. Even things we bought replacements for months ago. Holey things. Dingy things. Wouldn't be caught dead in, on, with, sort of things.

This, ahem, compulsion led to a little sheet-dyeing experiment a couple weeks ago. Jason and I had replaced our once-white sheets. I couldn't bring myself to toss the sheets into the clothing donation pile. So, I tossed them into hot turmeric-spiked water, instead, following these instructions.

Our turmeric was a little on the dated-side (the expiration date read August 2005, making this a two-birds-with-one-stone project: a little aged spice use-up and color touch-up), so I wasn't sure how this would turn out. But, one brightly-colored pillowcase later, I was a believer. (You can also use turmeric to dye Easter eggs).

A little fun with bias tape, and pillowcase dress tutorial later, and we have one repurposed pillowcase and one new nightgown for summer. Because, what's cozier than sheets?

Even if they are a little spice-scented.