How to Dip Dye Clothes

Ever bought clothes in the sale and realised that you only bought them for the pure fact that it was cheap? Yeah, me too.
I bought this dress for £2 in the H&M sale, I bought it in four different colours and realised that I didn’t like it in the plain beige. I hate wasting so I decided I would make it unique. SO I decided to share with you guys how to do it so you can make your clothes special too!

Things you will need:

  • Some fabric dye in a colour of your choice
  • A large container
  • Rubber gloves
  • Your item of clothing
  • Clothes horse (or something else to hang it from)
  • A few hours
  • A washing machine

Start by putting the item of clothing through the washing machine, this may not be necessary so refer to the dye packaging for information. After doing this prepare the dye by pouring the dye powder into a large container, add the recommended amount of water and stir until fully dissolved.

Place the item of clothing onto a clothes horse at the desired height from the ground and place the container with dye underneath it. You may need help in doing this so as not to spill the dye everywhere.

Slowly dip the clothing into the dye to avoid splashes and leave for the recommended time. (My dress came out as an almost striped effect because I lowered it further into the dye at different stages of the process, if you want to have the colour as a block with just the top fading up then place the whole amount of cloth into the container at the same time.)

Once the item of clothing has been soaking in the dye for long enough, carefully remove it from the container, making sure that the excess dye does not transfer onto the non-dyed section of the clothing. Run the clothing, from non-dyed section into the dyed section, under warm water until water runs clear. This will remove any excess dye from the fabric. Repeat this process with cold water making sure that is always running over the non-dyed fabric into the dyed fabric.

Don’t worry if a small amount of dye splashed onto the dye-free fabric, this will simply wash away in the washing machine. The excess dye can be used to dye or tie dye other clothing or simply thrown out.

Follow the fabric dye’s instructions regarding what cycle and temperature to wash the item of clothing in. Run another cycle after the fabric has been washed to clean the washing machine from any excess dye that has been removed from the fabric.

Simple! Now you have your own unique piece of clothing! This is what the finished dress looked like afterwards:

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and if you try it comment below as I’d love to see how it turns out. Also if you have any questions, feel free to comment.

Dazed&Beautiful x

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9 thoughts on “How to Dip Dye Clothes

    1. As in like a rainbow?
      Personally, I wouldn’t use this technique. I wouldn’t dip the fabric into the dye but instead place the dye onto the desired fabric and then let it dry and follow the rest of the steps in this tutorial. That way you can blend the colours into each other without it affecting the colour of dye. I hope this helped! 🙂

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    has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

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