Inspired by this Martha Stewart article, I spent part of a recent Saturday dip-dying anything I could get my hands on including plain white stationery and this linen fabric. After dyeing, I tore the linen into the width I wanted and sewed a boundary line about 1/4 inch from the edge. Then I frayed the edges, as shown below. I love it! (And I had enough extra linen from the yard I had purchased to make a wrap in the same style.)While I was at it, I also dip-dyed this plain white cotton knit shirt.
The dip-dying is easy. The hard part is not making a mess. I used a dish pan in my bathtub, and set up the clothes drying rack right next to it (with lots of newspaper underneath). When it was time to rinse the fabric, I transferred into a stainless steel bowl, then to my stainless kitchen sink. System worked pretty well. Follow Martha's tips, and those on the package. I used 1/2 a package of Rit powder dye (Royal blue) for all of these things and had lots left.
To get the gradations of color, I simply did a double-dip. This project would be great for a crafty tween. Oh, and since I did have to sew the boundary line, I'll count this as a sewing project for the September sewing month. ;-)