Upcycling and creating your very own wardrobe full of unique clothing is awesome and one of the quickest, easiest and most dramatic transformation methods you can use is to simply re-colour your refashioning victim!
Snag a box of fab fabric dye, follow my top tips for dyeing clothing and give your closet a (nearly) instant update!
1. Ensure that the dye you have selected is the correct formulation and amount for the type and weight of the fabric you are colouring.
2. Dye & pigment technology is constantly improving and there’s now a dye for nearly every kind of material, hooray! Unfortunately there are still a few types of fabric that simply can’t be successfully dyed: 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, waterproof/water resistant, spandex and metallic/lurex
3. On the advice of my grandma I always pour a cheap 500g box of salt directly onto the dry clothes or fabrics prior to adding the dye and water as it appears to help set the dye and keep the colours bright in the long run.
4. Whenever possible, use the dye specifically for use in the washing machine, it really makes the whole process a lot easier as once your dye load is done you can simply throw a load of dark colours in with the dyed items and wash normally. This also cleans any bits of dye that may remain in the machine.
5. Always separate your laundry: wash lights with lights & darks with darks to avoid any obvious dye-bleeding. In my experience light coloured items usually stop leaking dye after the first full laundry cycle and dark colours after a second washing.
Now raid your closet and get your dye on!
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