Can’t find that blue table cloth or red napkins? For less mess, take it outside and use a little dye. Here’s all you’ll need to know for DIY fabric dyeing.
DIY fabric dyeing instructions
what you'll need
- fabric dye
- large tub or bucket
let's do it
- Before starting, read the directions on both your fabric and the fabric dye for specific instructions—for example, cottons require a different application process than polyesters.
- For most fabrics, fill a tub or bucket with 3–4 gallons of water, stir in the dye and then carefully submerge the cloth—the longer it stays in, the darker it gets.
- To create an aged look, try submerging parts of the fabric for a few minutes longer than the rest of the garment.
- After dying, slowly remove the fabric from the solution, carefully folding and squeezing it as you go to wring as much water as possible back into the container.
- Smooth and then spread the damp fabric out on a sunny surface (such as the lawn) that won't easily stain.
- Once completely dry, soak the fabric in a second solution of water mixed with 1 cup of white vinegar to help set the color.
- Spread the fabric out one final time to dry.
Messy projects are best completed outside. This way kids can be themselves and not worry about the messy clean up afterwards.