with rit all-purpose
Dye you can dye fabrics containing natural fibers like Cotton linen wool or silk and also Rayon and Nylon
I'm going to dye samples of a bunch of different fabrics and see what happens.
Pre-Wash the fabric to remove any finishes, so the dye will absorb better.
Use enough water
so the fabric can move around freely
The hotter the water the better, so use really hot tap water or heat the water until it's almost boiling.
From here you can use the stove top method where you keep the dye bath on a low simmer throughout
which will get the darkest richest colors or you can dye in a container or a stainless steel sink.
I'm dyeing the samples in two batches because some of the fabric like salt added and some likes vinegar instead.
Shake the Dye well and add it to the water.
as a general guideline for
every pound of fabric use half a bottle of liquid dye or one package of powdered dye in three gallons of water
To get dark or saturated colors double the amount of dye. I'm using half a cup and each to get a very saturated purple
Add salt to the dye bath for Cotton linen and Rayon fabrics or add vinegar for silk wool and Nylon fabrics
I'm adding about half a cup of each, but add more for larger projects
Put the wet fabric in the dye bath. In the salt dye bath, I'm putting in bleached and unbleached Muslin
100% Cotton broadcloth and two different poly cotton blends
Natural burlap white Sultana Burlap and
In the Vinegar Dye bath, I'm putting in
100% wool felt
Rayon Wool Blend felt
coated Nylon Oxford fabric
Nylon stretch lace
Nylon Crystal Organza and
Nylon Glitz Sequins
Stir continuously for anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour
Take it out sooner for lighter colors or leave it in longer for Darker colors
Make sure the dye is getting to all parts of the fabric. So it won't be splotchy here's a couple tips for Dyeing:
Wear gloves whenever handling the Dye and cover any surfaces that need protection before starting
Dryclean only and fabrics that can't withstand heat shouldn't be dyed, but if you want to try test out a small piece first
Keep in mind that most clothing is made of polyester thread which won't die with rit all-purpose die
Dyeing white fabrics has the best results you can dye other colors, but the original color may affect the outcome
You can use rich color remover first to get rid of as much color as possible
Remove the fabric from the dye bath when it reaches your desired color
keep in mind Fabric looks Darker when wet
We suggest using Rit Colorstay fixative before rinsing to increase color retention and reduce bleeding
For small projects you can spray the fixative directly on the fabric until saturated or for larger items mix it in a water bath
According to the instructions on the bottle. Let it sit for 20 minutes
Rinse the Fabric with warm water, then cooler water until it runs clear
And finally hand wash or machine wash with warm water and air dry or tumble dry with an old towel.