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« on: January 05, 2004 05:58:39 PM »

A while back, I read something about using a combination of coffee and RIT dye to give your jeans that oh-so-trendy "dirty" look.  Does anyone have more specific directions?  I have some crappy old jeans at home and was going to experiment a little, but actual advice would be great.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2004 12:24:41 AM »

sorry, can't really help you with that one... the only thing like that i've ever done is dye white feathers with tea bags  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2004 01:19:06 AM »


I found that after a search on google.. I couldn't remember where I saw it before, but here it be... The directions seem pretty detailed and they also list other ways to dye jeans...

I might just go dye a pair myself... hmm

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2004 12:06:40 PM »

thanks rox!  this was actually the article I was looking for - I couldn't find it when I searched getcrafty, but I was looking at glitter, not the articles.  Okie, time to go find me some RIT dye...
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2004 07:45:20 PM »

i once dyed my jeans using just plain ol' coffee i stuck 15 pots of regular drip coffee into my tub and let the jeans soke i forgot how long it took :-/ but it worked great i just let them air dry when they looked "dirty" enough for my liking and then ironed them to kinda heat set the dye but i guess a dryer would work or even a hair dryer Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2004 12:09:26 PM »

I once tie-dyed some fabric using red onion skins on top of the stove (boiling water) and then set the dye with a vinegar wash.  Turned out great (it was a project for a textiles class)

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2004 03:12:49 PM »

did the coffee stain the bathtub?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2004 05:29:10 PM »

coffee and tea are perfect for dipping the color of stuff down. i love doing it. tea definitely works well. and if you wanted you could dye your jeans in the sun! i haven't used coffee much, but i now i might try it out.  

did the coffee dye stay or has it since faded?

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2004 12:20:48 PM »

you can dye jeans in the sun? does that fade them of sumthing? Also, i was wondering if the dye would totally stain your tub or w/e u may be using to dye? this sounds interesting, but idk if my mother would let me if it stains anything. But i am really interested in learning more about the whole dying your jeans in the sun thing....

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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2004 01:10:23 PM »

well i thought maybe you could do your jeans like sun tea. still using the tea and water and the sun, just adding the jeans.

but if you're gonna use rit dye you'll have to do it in the machine or over the stove. either way, i would recommend liquid dye. it should minimize mess. the powder gets into the air and all over everything. and once it gets wet, it shows  up on things and it can be bad. but either way make sure to wash everything when you're done. and use bleach where possible. it is dye, so it will dye! which means apparantly you will die at your mother's hand

and the tea can be washed off with soap, but again i've never used coffee to dye so i'm not sure how hard it is to clean up

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