Are you dying Easter eggs? You can dye your own fabric too!
Sometimes, you just can’t find the perfect color of fabric for your new quilt creation. What to do then? Simply dye your own!
Did you know? You can find Rit dye everywhere - Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, even at you local Walmart.
For cotton fabric, you would use the Rit all purpose dye. Using hot water, some salt, a plastic container or stainless steel sink you can create a work of art fabric to then enjoy in your one of a kind quilt!
Things to know: Each pound of fabric requires ½ bottle or 1 pack of the powdered dye and 3 gallons of water. Add the required ½ cup salt to aid in color absorption. Add a small amount of dishwashing liquid to level the fabric.
Keep in mind that colors will dry lighter than they appear when wet.
Use Rit Colorstay Fixative to reduce bleeding.
Rinse with warm water then cooler water until water runs clear. Then machine wash, add an old towel to absorb any bleeding.
There are endless possibilities when dyeing your own fabric. Here are a few techniques to try with Rit Dye to vary the look of the fabric.
Shibori - https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/shibori/
Ombre - https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/ombre/
Ice Dye - https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/ice-dye/
Marble Dye - https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/learn-how-to-marble-dye/
How fun is that? Good luck!