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How to make an indigo chair seat
Indigo tie-dyeing produces imperfect, yet striking, results. We used the technique to add color and pattern to a chair seat. For this project, we used the Indigo Tie Dye Kit from jacquardproducts.com. To get the grid resist pattern on the chair fabric, we placed pieces of wood on top of the accordion- folded fabric, preventing the dye from penetrating those areas.
• Indigo Tie Dye Kit
• Basic dyeing supplies (rubber gloves, hot water, lidded container and paint stick)
• Natural-fiber fabric
• Two 23/4×31/2-inch pieces of wood
• Rubber bands
• Chair with upholstered seat
• Staple gun
Prepare dye and let mixture set according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Lay fabric flat.
Fold one fabric edge, using a piece of wood as a guide for width.
Place piece of wood on top and bottom of folds. Secure with rubber bands.
Soak fabric in water; squeeze to remove excess. Submerge fabric in dye mixture; remove.
Fabric will turn from green to blue as it oxidizes. Rinse fabric.
Remove bands and wood; unfold.
Wash, dry, and press fabric. Wrap fabric around chair seat and staple edges to back.