We had purchased these chairs several months earlier with the intention of sewing slipcovers, but when I saw some people in blogland dying fabric, I thought that we'd give that a try first. I figured it would save me the time and energy I'd spend cajoling the sewing machine to cooperate with me.
The fabric on the chairs is 100% polyester. Now, I have read that polyester is hard to dye, so I got the iDye Poly from Joann's. We carefully took the fabric off of the chairs (there were approximately 8,451 staples holding it in place), and then I got busy preparing The Dye Bath. Following the directions like a good girl, I first soaked my garments. (No, that is not a euphemism for "I wet my pants.")
Then, I let my packet of stinky dye mix dissolve in a steaming hot bowl of water.
Then, I dissolved that in my pot of water and put the garments back in. According to the directions, the water had to come to a boil before the "dye process" would be most effective. ("Dye process most effective" may strike you as a gigantic oxymoron when you see how this all turns out.) I would highly recommend engaging in any or all of the following activities while waiting for that elusive boiling temperature to come:
1. Read War and Peace aloud.
2. Crochet curtains for your entire house.
3. Teach yourself Mandarin Chinese.
4. Memorize the entire script of Gone With the Wind.
5. Count the brush strokes on the nearest painted wall.
4. Read War and Peace in Mandarin Chinese while crocheting curtains for your neighbor's entire house.
Aaaaand that ought to keep you busy for part of the time, at least. :)
Once it finally came to a boil, and I was able to express my excitement about that fact like a Chinese version of Scarlett O'Hara, I began the agitation process of stirring my brew. And in case you were wondering, I'm not picking my nose in this picture (though that is another excellent way to pass the time). The dye bath smelled like something you shouldn't spend several hours inhaling.
An hour later, I took out the garments, tossed them in the wash (as per the directions), and then Rick got busy stretching them back onto the chairs. And what do we have? Chairs the color of...margarine.
Mmm, partially hydrogenated butter substitute. Does it make you want toast? No? Okay.
In addition to the fact that they hardly look any different than when we began the entire process (except that they shrunk...which is NOT a plus), "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" is not exactly the look I was going for. I followed the directions to the letter (maybe that was the problem? Has anyone else tried it?) and did not find success. So the moral of the story is that, unless you have nothing better to do with 5 hours of your life, you should not mess with polyester. However, mess with polyester is precisely what someone did when they created these snazzy coordinating outfits:
Now that is polyester I could get along with. In fact, I'm thinking these exact outfits would be ideal for our next family portrait. Thoughts?