Here's a new photo tutorial for you all, I hope it helps you save time and effort in your crafting!
Dyes will not work on synthetic fabrics like acrylic, etc. Like, AT ALL.
You need a special type of dye if you're working with natural fibers (like wool or silk). You can purchase these online.
In my experience, Rit brand dye works amazing on nylon and wood, but it doesn't really work great on cotton clothing. It comes out really light and blah-looking.
Fiber-reactive dyes are awesome on cotton fabric.
Dylon permanent fabric dye (it's a fiber reactive, like tie dyes) works great on cotton compared to Rit. And you can buy it at your local craft store for about the same price as Rit. It won't bleed, either!
Get liquid dye if possible, to ensure the dye job is as even as possible.
If you do use powder, make sure to dissolve it in a small amount of warm water first!
Make sure to buy enough dye. Most powders can dye about 2 lbs of fabric. A whole bottle of Rit liquid dye was plenty to dye my Mom's coat a bright blue!
For Dylon dyes, you really need to dye it for a whole hour. It's worth it!!
Scarf dyed with Rit (left) and redyed with Dylon (right)
You will need:
Dirty, old clothes to wear
Newspaper or dropcloth
A wet rag
Long rubber gloves (key word here is long)
A mixing stick (they have these in the painting section of home improvement stores for free!)
A tall bucket--this must be dedicated to dyeing! You don't want those chemicals in your puts or pans.
Salt (if you're dying cotton) or vinegar (if you're dying nylon)
The dye of your choice
Something to dye!
Bleach (if needed)
Washing machine (optional but suggested)
Let's get started!
Prepare your area (the outside is better, if possible) with newspapers. Put them farther than you think you need--the dye splashes pretty far! If you do see a spot on the floor, quickly wipe it up with the wet rag, it shouldn't stain if you wipe it up right away!
Put on your gloves and old clothes.
Clean out the bucket with hot water and soap to remove any residue.
Read the dye directions carefully for your dye! Follow them closely!
Get your sink running at its hottest. If that's not very hot, you might need to put the water on the stove to get it hot. Not boiling, but hot!
Fill your bucket with the recommended amount of water. I don't fill mine much over half full. That way it won't overflow when the fabric is added.
Put your bucket on the newspapers, and carefully open your dye. Either premix it with a little water (for powder) or slowly pour it in (liquid).
Add in the required amount of salt or vinegar.
Mix with the mixing stick for a whole minute to ensure it is uniformly mixed.
Soak your fabric in hot water and wring it out so it's wet but not dripping.
Unwrinkle the fabric as best you can--otherwise it could turn your project into a tie dye!
Dyed Nylon Coat
My furry helper!
This was my mom's drab white winter coat that always looked dirty. It's a nice North Face jacket that was on clearance, and she needed something a little bolder. So I dyed it blue. I didn't think Rit would work so well, but the color only took 15 minutes to dye and it's a dark, bold royal blue.
Make sure you've added vinegar!
After you've completely soaked the clothing and wrung it out, bring it to your bucket.
Gently place the fabric into the bucket.
Use the mixing stick to move the fabric around, making sure that it is completely covered. You can use your hands (with gloves on!) if the water isn't too hot.
Now for the tedious part...the fabric needs to be constantly moving to get an even coverage. Luckily for the coat, the dye was done in only 15 minutes. *NOTE* Most times using Rit Dye, the color will appear much darker before you wash it out. Surprisingly with this coat, the color stayed true. Must be the nylon...
Wring out the fabric carefully to remove excess dye.
Take the fabric to a sink (preferably not porcelain, but that's all we have in my house--don't worry! Bleach gets out the stains quickly!) and begin to rinse out the dye. Start with warm water and go to cool water.
Once the water runs almost clear, you can machine wash your fabric (unless you are dyeing something very delicate, like silk). Put it on a warm cycle by itself in the machine. This removes any extra dye. You can add just a little dish soap to help all the extra dye come out.
And...you're done! Enjoy your new nylon awesomeness!
This cotton scarf was so plain. It just needed something to spice it up a little! I've been in love with dip dye stuff for a while, so I finally had a successful project to share. Enjoy!
Decide where you want the dipped part of the fabric to be. If you need a guide, you can use safety pins to be a guideline. Or freehand it like me! Rubber bands don't work well, the dye can't reach into the wrinkles they create and it becomes uneven.
Only wet the fabric about an inch over this line that you've created.
*TIP* I folded my wide scarf about 4 times to get an even straight line of dye. It helped a lot!
Wash the sides of your dye bath with a little water to ensure no drops of dye hang on the edges. If a part of the fabric gets unwanted dye on it, quickly run a little water over it.
Slowly lower the fabric straight into the dye bath, slightly below where you want the dye to stop.
Hold with one hand and agitate the fabric with the mixing stick in the other.
Get comfy, you have to do this for 15 minutes, constantly!
After 15 minutes, I draped the scarf over the side of the bucket. You only need to mix it every 5 or 10 minutes now.The dye needs to set for a full hour in total. Go watch the Dark Knight Rises, like I did!
1. Go to the midnight showing of Les Miserables 2. Spend Christmas with my family 3. Finish a book! 4. Go to Mexico
5. See my friends from high school 6. Survive December 21st, 2012
7. Play Nancy Drew CD games
8. Finish my application for my minor at school
My CRAFT Bucket List:
1. Making something like this:
2. Reconstruct a blouse I've had forever and don't wear:
Where I'm studying: my dorm's library (it's way too cold to be out late at night!!) because it has windows that give me some hope of survival.
What I'm wearing: fuzzy socks, my Birkenstock sandals, and my North Face What I'm listening to: the soundtrack from Inception--so amazing for when you're working!
What I'm drinking: Tazo Rest tea (literally the only tea that actually helps me sleep) What I'm eating: lots of fruit, sometimes chocolate. Trying really hard to stay healthy. What I look at when I can't study any more: the picture on the left. I cry from laughing every time I see it
What I do to keep anxiety at bay: morning yoga. Tara Stiles is amazing and I'm convinced it played a part in my perfect score on my last exam of the semester
What I wish I had: headphones that weren't broken
Who I'm jealous of: people who don't have finals, people who don't have challenging finals, people who are already home for break, people who finish finals two days before me, people who don't need good grades on their finals to do well in the class, people who have a room to themselves, people who have the good seat in the library next to the outlet, people who are stressed about extra-curricular activities...umm....well then...
Anyone who knows me knows I love a lot of things. One of the big things I love is food. Some of my favorite foods are healthy, like pomegranates, and some of them...well...they're not.
I'm a chocoholic--like big time. Especially when I am stressed [hello, college], and I keep emergency chocolate for when I'm having a bad day. But I don't eat one piece. I eat a whole bar. Maybe two. Maybe three (okay, that was only once). Anyway, I have never been able to limit my chocolate intake. Or sweets in general. Last spring when I gave up sweets for Lent...most miserable time in my life.
Anyway, so finals are coming up and I have this craving for the mint chocolate Blue Bunny ice cream they sell on campus and I bought it. The one with ooey gooey fudge swirls in it! And I ate--some of it! I had a few spoonfuls and then my stomach got upset and I stopped. Big deal!
I'm hoping this whole "eating relatively healthy" thing is doing its job. I kick my butt so hard while exercising there's no point in me exercising if it's just going to cancel out with sweets and stuff. This will be hard to execute on Friday--I'm going to my favorite Mexican restaurant!