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Topic: Dyeing Canvas Bags...Any Advice?  (Read 863 times)
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« on: August 17, 2005 06:28:48 PM »

I'm going to make my first attempt at dyeing canvas tonight...does anyone have any last words of advice? What's the best way to go about dyeing something? I've dyed sheets in the washing machine, should I do the same with the bags?
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2005 11:10:08 AM »

ohyeah i'll second this request, i'm interested in kowing about this as well..
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2005 12:22:38 PM »

Make sure that the canvas is 100% cotton for best color.  You shouldn't have any problem.  You need hot water for dyeing and you may want to put them in a hot dryer too, so the bags may shrink.  But that shouldn't be a problem. 

If they're cheap, they may be sewed with a non-cotton thread.  Sometimes the thread doesn't take the dye, but it should end up looking like a decorative stitiching if this happens. 

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2005 08:36:38 AM »

Thanks! I've been afraid to try it because I hadn't talked to anyone who had done it before. h
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2005 09:10:38 AM »

Make sure that the canvas is 100% cotton for best color.  You shouldn't have any problem.  You need hot water for dyeing and you may want to put them in a hot dryer too, so the bags may shrink.  But that shouldn't be a problem. 

If they're cheap, they may be sewed with a non-cotton thread.  Sometimes the thread doesn't take the dye, but it should end up looking like a decorative stitiching if this happens. 

LRS

ok thanks!
but, hmm, how exactly do u go about dyeing? i have never done it b4, its a lil intmidating to think about for me, lol.  i want to dye some large pieces of cotton canvas, and i live in an apt, so no wsher/dryer :/  .. do u have any tips on how not to make a huge mess??
i'd really appreciate any and all advice.

blessings.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005 11:23:42 AM »

Just buy a package of liquid or powder dye at a grocery store and follow the instructions on the box. The include instructions for the washing machine and for stove top dying. 


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