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How to Dye Fabric

Get the color back in your favorite shirt or fabric by following these steps.


  • Step 1: Read directions Read the directions on the fabric dye box. But on rubber gloves, if you're using them, and mix the dye and set it aside.
  • Step 2: Fill a large bucket Fill a large bucket with hot water.
  • TIP: The bucket should be big enough for the fabric to move around.
  • Step 3: Soak the fabric Soak the fabric in hot water for five minutes and then remove it with the tongs.
  • Step 4: Add to dye Place the fabric in the dye and stir it constantly for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Step 5: Rinse Rinse the fabric in warm water and then cool water, until the water runs clear.
  • Step 6: Wash fabric Wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent and then put it in the dryer.
  • Step 7: Clean containers Once you're finished, clean the buckets with bleach to remove the dye.
  • FACT: Did you know? Wool from the vicuna, an endangered species related to alpacas and llamas, is one of the world's most valuable natural fibers.

You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Fabric dye
  • Two buckets
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • Mild detergent
  • Bleach
  • Rubber gloves (optional)

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