Sunday, April 7, 2013

DIY Fabric Dye: Machine Wash

The third and final method for dying fabric is the easiest and cleanest. It's great for when you're trying to dye a large amount of fabric. But you're least likely to get an exact color match when using this method. Be prepared to get a  much lighter, less saturated color when using this method.

What you'll need:
A wash machine
Fabric dye
Salt or Vinegar
Artcile to dye

Start by setting your machine to the hotest setting. I recommend also setting your machine to a small wash cycle. Add your salt and wait until it is fully disolved before adding your dye.

Once you're dye is well saturated in you wash, add your clothing- when your machine is finish filling you will want to pause your wash or if you can- set the wash cycle for a longer setting. Make sure your fabric is in the wash for a good 30 minutes at least before your machine is allowed to drain.
When your wash is finished, wash your clothes again in a cold setting and dry as normal.
And that's it!

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