How to Dye Fabric: Rit All-Purpose Dye


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 Stir well 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 canvas Cotton Jersey Scrim Chintz Irish Linen Rayon Challis Natural burlap white Sultana Burlap and Polyester Gabardine In the Vinegar Dye bath, I’m putting in silk Chiffon silk Organza silk habutae silk Shantung 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.

63 Replies to “How to Dye Fabric: Rit All-Purpose Dye”

  1. Will all purpose dye work with 100% polyester fur? I thing I got the wrong type of dye and not sure if it still works…

  2. So i wanna dye a shirt but it has different colors and i wanna make it all dark green, so will the color be all the same at the end or will it end up darker in some areas ( because of the different colors it already has) ?

  3. How about dry dying? I can not remove the fabric from the curule chair, it is a white denim type soft fabric. Can I just paint the dye on the fabric in place?

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  5. Hi! I am going to be dying 3 large pieces of canvas (painters canvas-each one is 12X15') do you have any suggestions on what the best way to dye these would be? They are going to be used as a back drop on a stage so it is very important that all 3 look exactly the same. If I were to do them in a large tub.. what is the best way to dump the water? Im not sure my neighbors would appreciate me dying our gutters blue… Thank you!!

  6. I’m trying to dye a dress that is 65% rayon, 30% nylon and 5% spandex. If I want it to be a lilac purple, do you suggest mixing multiple dyes to create the color or just not putting as much dye in the mixture to get a lighter purple

  7. I would like to dye a dress that has a top layer of black lace. I am trying to dye the underneath layer a nude color (it is currently white). Can I dye the black lace fabric in the same camel dye, without affecting the black?

  8. I’m trying to dye a baby blue doll dress to a navy blue, the sleeves & top of the dress are mesh but the rest looks to be a shiny faux silk type material, what do you recommend? Thanks!

  9. Hi! I have started to color some fabric (100% wool) but the water have been around 40-50 degrees because wool doesn’t like heat.
    However the red became light and pink and the turquoise blue became too light too.
    My question is how can I make them brighter? I want a strong red and a strong blue. Is the water not worm enough? How many times can I dye the fabric? If I continue to dye will the color be brighter?

    Also this was not with Rit but Dylon because that was in the store. (Tulp Red and Bahamas blue)
    Understand that you can’t talk for these colors but the behavior of the wool is still remain! I don’t know how to handle it! Thank you!

  10. thank you for the tip for getting saturated colors. i just dyed some shirts right now and they are too light. so im dying them a second time with double the dye. thank god i found this video.

  11. Im planning to dye a light blue denim jeans into a deeper shade of blue,i want to maintain the color of the pocket lining which is white…is it possible?

  12. If I've got an item that's cotton and nylon and I want to object dye it, what would make more sense to use? Salt or vinegar?

  13. i purchased a baby blue cotton gauze fabric and would like to dye it to a dusty blue (blue/grey). What dye combination would be best?

  14. I would love to see someone finally teach us how to dye lace our skin tone. Also feature how to achieve darker skin toned lace. I'll try this method though.

  15. I've tried to dye (nomex fabric, fire resistant/retardant clothing) many times, I've used both salt and vinegar but the color will not hold..what would you suggest?

  16. Help! I’m wanting to dye my wedding gown that is 100% crystal taffeta…. what kind of dye is best????

  17. I work with Ciba acid dyes. Your video was excellent. Well done, clear & to the point without a lot of unnecessary comments.

  18. I want to dye a pinky burgundy upholstered chair to TEAL. I think the fabric is poly but could be cotton rayon??? Wondering if I should choose a non teal colour, more green? but maybe that would turn the chair purple? any advice on dying over deep pink and how it will take colour. Have a little fabric under neath the seat that I can test on. Thanks. Good video!

  19. What a great job! Great voice and presentation. Every sample one might come across. Great video quality, and great graphix

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