Washed Denim Look

Hi Jennifer,
I found a bolt of good quality denim cloth for nearly nothing. I want to make a sofa slipcover with it. The only problem is that the denim is darker than I want it. Is there a way to evening fade the denim. I want it to look like the “washed denim” jeans you can buy.
Thanks, Tara

Dear Tara,
If your fabric is 100% cotton, you are in business. Keep in mind that you have an experiment going here – there’s no way to know exactly how to achieve the effect that you have in your mind. You may have to mess with it a bit.
There is an interesting page at www.ritdye.com about the “dirty” look with denim. Check it out. I know this is not exactly what you are talking about, but will give you a place to start. You can try Rit color discharger or a similar product that is available at www.dharmatrading.com. Use rock salt for a coarse, uneven discharged look. All the instructions are available in Dharma’s catalog.
Depending on how much fabric you have and need for the project, you may have to do this in several loads in your washing machine.
have fun,

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