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« on: November 23, 2006 04:36:17 PM »

so i was just thinking that i could do with a new, nifty hoodie. walmart typically only sells the plain ones in boring colors, like red and white and black and navy. i was thinking of maybe a lightish purple, or maybe a baby blue. i don't want to mess with fabric dye, because it's expensive kind of, and i've never messed with it before. and then i had a brilliant idea. they dye yarn with kool-aid, so why not a hoodie? i'm sure they're made of the same materials sometimes, and i've read plenty of tutorials on dyeing with kool-aid, so it can't be that hard.

has anyone attempted this before? or maybe do any of you have any idea if this would work or not? i'm super excited about this, because i know walmart always has white hoodies, and they're really cheap. so now i can have a pretty hoodie for very very cheap, and i am excited! Cheesy well, provided that it works.
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2006 04:38:48 PM »

kool-aid works on protien fibers, (wool and silk) but is not good for dyeing cotton, which is most likely what your hoodie is made of.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2006 04:48:08 PM »

There is a good chance that your hoodie also has polyester in the fabric content as well.  Polyester doesn't take dyes well, even when using chemical dyes that you would typically buy at the craft shops.   I believe that there are some dyes around but they are very expensive an could be dangerous to use.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2006 05:07:23 PM »

As long as it is mostly cotton it should dye pretty well with fiber reactive (cotton) dyes.
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2006 08:53:23 AM »

This isn't really applicable to your hoodie, but I wanted to add that nylon dies well with kool-aid.  If you like bright hosiery, you can dye a pair of white nylons or nylon knee high socks.  I think dyeing a tan/brown would get a more subdued color, but I haven't tried it.

Some lightweight tops are part nylon and might dye well with kool-aid. 

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2006 11:39:20 AM »

ooooh my god really? i hadn't thought of that before, but i've just had 892734 ideas for fun tights now!! Cheesy thank you for sharing your knowledge!
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2006 07:01:21 AM »

This isn't really applicable to your hoodie, but I wanted to add that nylon dies well with kool-aid.  If you like bright hosiery, you can dye a pair of white nylons or nylon knee high socks.  I think dyeing a tan/brown would get a more subdued color, but I haven't tried it.

Some lightweight tops are part nylon and might dye well with kool-aid. 

Ilah

I dyed some fishnets with red food colouring using the cool-aid method (Ie. in the microwave with 2oz of vinegar). They were beige to begin with. Now they are nice and red, so I can vouch for this working.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2006 01:35:52 PM »

 I have got to try this with my tights! I have been wanting brightly colored tights, but I can't find them  Tongue
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