Fabric Dyeing

Fun to make tie dye shirts are popular with kids and adults.

Fabric dye can allow you to achieve the exact hue of color that you want. It is perfect for making matching stage costumes. Tie-dying, ala 1960s style, is great fun and can be used to liven up existing t-shirts as well as plain aprons and bags.

Fabric dyeing is not difficult. Many people think that you have to boil the fabric or put it in the washing machine, but you can dye fabric using Rit Dye without any fuss.

Rit Dye is available in liquid and powder form. Both forms are easy to use.

Rit Dye can be used in a large bowl or bucket. Both the liquid and the powder form of Rit Dye dissolve easily.

Simply mix the dye in the bowl or bucket according to the package directions. Add a tablespoon of salt to the bowl to promote the best color absorption and distribution. (If you are dyeing in the washer, add a cup of salt). Rit Dye also recommends adding a tablespoon of laundry detergent to the dye mixture. Immerse your garment or fabric and leave for an hour or longer. The longer it remains in the dye, the deeper the color will be. Periodically stir the fabric with a stick or old wooden spoon you won’t use any more. You can also don gloves and plunge the fabric up and down in the solution, but this can be somewhat messy.

Remove from the dye when you are satisfied with its color. Pour out the dye and rinse the fabric until the water runs clear. Then, wash the piece in the washing machine with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse in cool water and line or machine dry.