Hey guys, it's Clara from Online Fabric Store.
If you have a faded pair of jeans that you want to revive, why not dye them?
I'm using denim blue Rit dye on these, and black Dylon dye on these. So let's get started.
The materials you'll need are: jeans, Rit dye or Dylon dye,
For Rit dye, dishwashing soap and Rit color stay fixative are also recommended,
salt, measuring cups, rubber gloves ,and a container for dyeing.
Machine wash the jeans in warm water before dyeing.
You can use either type of dye or try a different color for a unique look.
Cover your work surface with plastic and wear rubber gloves when handling the dye.
One packet of Dylon permanent dye dyes up to half a pound of fabric.
These jeans are a little under a pound when dry so I'm going to use two packets
Dissolve the powder in four cups of warm water. Be careful not to inhale the powder
Stir until the dye is completely dissolved
Fill a container with as much water as needed for the jeans to be able to move freely
The water should be warm. Add the dissolved dye and stir thoroughly
Mix in a third of a cup of salt
Submerge the jeans and stir constantly for 15 minutes
The dye looks blue, but don't worry. It'll turn out black in the end
Keep in mind that many jeans contain a percentage of polyester or other synthetic materials, which don't dye
You may not be able to get a super dark black if this is the case
Let it sit for 45 minutes starting occasionally. Rinse the jeans in cold water
Machine wash in warm water and air dry away from direct heat in sunlight
Wash separately the first couple of times to remove any excess dye
Fill a large plastic container or stainless steel pot or sink with three gallons of hot water
If your tap water doesn't get scalding hot heat up the water on the stove until it's near boiling
Add 1 cup of salt to enhance the color and about a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to help the fabric dye evenly
If you want the darkest results possible keep the water on the stove the entire time to maintain the heat
Use half a cup of dye or if you want a darker color use a full bottle. For light colors use less dye
Shake the bottle and pour it into the water
Stir well before adding the damp jeans
Stir continuously, especially for the first 10 minutes
Make sure the dye is getting to all parts of the jeans
For dark colors leave the jeans in the dye bath for at least 30 minutes while stirring often
The denim fabric used for jeans is typically woven with both indigo and white threads.
This gives denim its characteristic look
When you dye denim, it will create a flatter color
Use Rit color stay dye fixative to enhance the color and reduce bleeding.
Fill another container with about 3 gallons of hot water
Use half a cup of fixative for every pound of dry fabric
Put the jeans in the fixative solution and stir for 20 minutes
Rinse in cool water
Machine wash on warm and dry
Wash separately at first then with like colors
Now that the jeans are dry you can see how the colors turned out
The black isn't super black but it's much darker than before
The other pair turned out to be a nice dark blue
The denim still has its characteristic look because the white threads didn't dye much meaning it's probably polyester
The results will differ for other genes depending on the percentage of cotton and the starting color
But that's part of the fun of dyeing. You never know how it's going to turn out
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