Fabric Dyeing Tips

Dying fabrics can be fun and exciting, but also troublesome. Even the most experienced can hit a snag or two with issues. Thankfully, there are several tips and tricks that will help you have a great experience with coloring your designer fabrics, even if it’s your first try!

Below, you’ll find several tips that you can use when mixing colors, washing freshly dyed fabrics and more!

Dyeing Designer Fabrics!

  • It’s fun to make your own shades of color! Try adding a custom dye to your next garment by following these quick tips. You won’t even have to waste large batches of dye to make your own colors.
  • Add preferred color choices to a large glass measuring cup full of hot water. Make sure you keep track of how much dye of each color is used. Then, test a bit of the color on a napkin. Keep using a trial and error method to come up with the perfect customized color. When you have the exact shade, then you can make it in a larger amount for your garment.
  • As most of us know, dyeing fabrics can sometimes leave us with a surprise color that we didn’t intend to have. Testing dye with a white napkin while using an off-white garment can leave us with a few shades difference, as well. Try testing with the same color fabric to ensure a more specific shade. Trim and stitching can also cause a color difference from the base fabric, as well. This cannot be helped in many cases. Remember this and you’ll never be upset about the outcome. Learn to expect the unexpected!
  • You can revive an old, worn out garment by re-dyeing it with the same color. It’s a great way to prolong the life of a favorite blouse, skirt or scarf. However, it’s important to remember that even the darkest of dyes won’t remove previous color. In addition, dye might not cover stains, either.
  • Always keep large fabrics moving while they sit in a dye bath. Otherwise, the piece might be splotchy or streaked. Use a long spoon to stir carefully. You can also lift the fabric and redistribute it every few stirs. This is a time consuming process but it will ensure a fully dyed fabric with no problems. This is especially great for tablecloths, bedding or furniture coverlets.
  • Washing dyed fabrics can be troublesome due to color bleeding. For the first few washes, make sure you add an old white washcloth or fabric piece to see if any color transfers over to it. If it does, continue washing until a cloth comes out color free. If you see a color fade due to multiple washings, consider re-dying the item. You won’t have to leave it as long the second time and bleeding won’t be as big an issue this time. 

Did you learn anything new? We hope so. Also, be sure to visit with our next blog post, as well. We will have a few more tips that will help you dye your designer fabrics perfectly the first time, without any problems!

To find the best designer fabrics in the Portland area, stop by Josephine's Dry Goods. If you have questions about the fabrics we carry or other sewing questions, contact us