Have you thought about dyeing a garment and do not know how? Would you like to change the look of your favorite item that has faded because of the use and washing? Here a tutorial + tips for a perfect dyeing.
There are several brands and dyeing techniques: machine wash, in cold water, hot water …
I’ll explain witch one work’s for me, and my dyeing trycs. I use Dylon dye capsules for clothing, I consider it to be one of the best dyes on the market. You can get it at haberdashery or DIY and crafts store.
- First of all look at the composition of the label inside your garment. The fabrics like cotton, viscose, wool, silk, linen, nylon. These compositions dye well, but cotton-polyester blend or polyester do not pick colors.
- The final color depends on the original color of the garment. (REMEMBER THE COLORS BLEND) Example, if you dye a yellow garment with blue, the result will be green.
- The amount of the capsule corresponds to about 250g of garment(s) weight dry. If you dye more than 250g of fabric the color will be lighter.
- The dye does not cover stains, including bleach stains (chlorine).
- Remember that the dye does not dye completely polyester thread and buttons.
Materials you will need to dye:
- 1 capsule with the color you prefer. (Hint: the final color on your clothing is always a little lighter than the color shown on the top of the capsule)
- Salt (in the instructions says 30gr. I put a little more)
- Gloves (VERY IMPORTANT!) If not your hands will be colored, for several days …
- 1 large and 1 small container fire resistant
1. Wash the garment even if you think that the garment is clean. To remove dirt or dust. Leave the garment wet.
2. Dissolve the contents of the capsule in a half litre of boiling water.
3. Fill large pot with enough water that will cover the entire garment, so you can move the fabric. Place it over low heat.
4. Add the salt stirring until it’s diluted.
5. Pour the diluted dye in the salt water.
6. Immerse the wet garment unfolded in to the water.
7. Keep it in the hot water, removing the garment so that the dye comes equally to every corner about 25-30 mins. Try to keep all the fabric submerged.
8. Take out the garment (careful not to get stained) and rinse with warm water until the water runs clear.
9. Drain well and let it dry away from the sun or any heat source.
10. Be carefull the first 3 times you wash it. Preferably wash with similar colors, it can release some dye by washings.
I hope you’ll like to dye your clothes … It is easy and fun. When you’ve tried it a few times you can play with gradients, tie dye, and color blends.