I tried something new this week. It wasn’t a sewing project, but it did have to do with fabric. I dyed some of my clothes purple! Why did I do this? Well, I decided that there wasn’t enough purple clothing for sale in the stores and I wanted purple shirts. Purple is one of my favorite colors and I can never find a purple shirt! It drives me crazy! So what’s a girl to do? She takes her favorite white shirts out of her closet and dyes them purple. Let me say, it was a success!
I had never dyed fabric before and was super excited to try it. I researched what kind of dye to buy and found it locally. I had the best time dyeing and I’m dyeing to tell you how I did it! (puns totally intended!)
- I used a large metal pot on top of the stove. I filled it with water and boiled it to 200 degrees (and then kept it as close to that temperature as I could for the next 60 minutes).
- I added a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap and my bottle of purple Rit dye for synthetic fabrics.
- Stir. Stir. Stir. And keep stirring. Never stop. Never.
- I added three white shirts to my boiling cauldron of purple soupiness.
- I boiled them for one hour! And I never stopped stirring. (I had three entertaining teenagers talking and laughing with me the entire time. I almost lost them when I started singing, but they decided to stick around and keep me company if I didn’t sing.)
- I rinsed each item in warm water and then in cool water until the water ran clear.
- I then washed the shirts in my washing machine in cold water and then dried them on low heat. I did not add any other clothing to this load. I will be sure to always wash them only other purple items.
Check out the video below to see the fabric dying process.
Now that I have jumped into the world of fabric dying, I want to keep going. Simply dying fabric all one color was fun, but next up, I’m ready to learn about dying yardage for quilting, along with fabric stamping. This seems like an entirely new rabbit hole that I’m probably going to fall in… and I can’t wait! I love to learn new techniques and I love this sewing/quilting/crafting journey that I am on. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks for fabric dying in the comments!
‘Til next time,
P.S. Want to learn more about Beth’s adventures with fabric? Click here!