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« on: December 29, 2009 10:54:06 AM »

I'm sorry if this doesn't fit here but this was the closest thing i could think of. I recently purchased a scarf at a local craft store and I would like it to match my new shoes. I am buying some fabric dye later and I wanted to know if there were any tricks or secrets. I know with tye dye you let your shirts soak in a solution for a while but I'm unsure of regular fabric dye. Please help I'll post pictures to go along later.

« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009 11:31:32 AM »

It depends on the brand, actually.  They all should have their instructions.  I have worked with one that you use putting it with the garments in the washing machine.  Once done, you do a quick cold wash with the machine empty to clear any residual dye and that's all.  It worked quite nicely for me.  Bear in mind that the base colour of the fabric will influence the results.

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009 02:00:10 PM »

Remember to make sure the dye you buy says it can dye the type of fabric your scarf is made of.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009 06:11:48 PM »

Its a black and white plaid Will that affect anything?  I'm dying it red.
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009 11:27:03 PM »

Well the black won't change, but the white should dye a nice red if you get the correct dye for your fabric type.
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2009 06:07:58 AM »

Well I was looking at the scarf last night and there was no tag to let me know what kind of fabric it was...it was a cheap scarf so IDK. I bought some red dye at walmart due to the fact that I kinda don't want to spend a lot of money and I don't know the fabric type. I'm going to test it in a swatch of white fabric before I stick my fabulous scarf in there but I'm hoping that this is going to work out great. And because its walmart style fabric dye it didn't specify fabric types.

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2010 04:50:11 PM »

If the fabric of the scarf and the fabric of the white fabric you use for testing arent the same thing, you may get different results for dying the scarf. if the scarf has little tassly things on the ends i would say cut a tiny amount off of one [not a lot, cause you dont want to be able to tell haha] and dye that to see if the dye takes. If the scarf is polyester, it wont take dye. you could also check the online store of wherever you bought it and see if they say what the scarf is made out of on their online store.
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