How To Dye Polyester: Easy and Awesome DIY with Video

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Are you wondering how to dye polyester material? I had some beautiful 100% polyester doilies that I wanted to use as spring decor in my home and I was curious to try my hand at polyester dying. I wanted to find a suitable dye for my doilies so I researched all types of dyes. I decided rather than use special dyes meant for polyester clothes I would try a little food coloring for the dyeing process.

I used 4 bowls, filled them with water, and added a different food color to each bowl.

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I added a little white vinegar (about 1 tablespoon) into each bowl and stirred up the mixture.

How To Dye Polyester

The first thing I did was make a dye bath. I used 4 bowls, filled them with water, and added different colors of food coloring to each bowl. The amount of dye needed for each bath depends on how vibrant you want the colors to be.

The best way to make sure the dye stays intact is to add a little white vinegar (about 1 tablespoon) into each bowl and stirred up the mixture.

I added a doily into each bowl and let it soak for at least 30 minutes.

I added a doily into each bowl and let it soak for at least 30 minutes in the dye solution.

I dumped out the water, and rung out the fabric. If you wanted you could save the water and dye more doilies or other fabric. I made sure to use rubber gloves so I wouldn't dye my hands.

I dumped out the water and rung out the fabric. If you want you could save the water and dye more doilies or other fabric. It’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves so you don’t dye your hands. Alternatively, you could use tongs.

I hung up the doilies to dry outside.

I hung up the doilies to dry outside.

These were polyester doilies so the dye didn't take as strongly as they would with cotton. After drying you can see they are lighter in color than before, but still very spring.

These were polyester doilies so the dye didn’t take as strongly as it would with natural fibers. After drying you can see they are lighter in color than before, but the good news is these pastel colors are perfect for spring.

You can set them up as a table runner for spring - even make more if you like.

You can set them up as a table runner for spring – even make more if you like.

You can also use them as placemats if you have larger doilies.

You can also use them as placemats if you have larger doilies.

I had some doilies that I was trying to decide what to do with. I used food coloring and vinegar to dye them to create beautiful, versatile, and fun spring decor for my home.

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How To Dye Polyester

What else can use used to color fabric: The type of fabric determines the best dye

  • synthetic dye work best on synthetic fabrics, synthetic fibers, and synthetic materials like polyester blends are made of polyester fiber.
  • natural dyes work best on natural fabrics (cotton blends)
  • fabric dye
  • acrylic paint
  • polyester dyes, synthetic colorants

Additional dying information for best results.

  • Be sure to read the back instructions of your dye to determine whether to use warm water or cold water. It’s also important to help determine when rinsing afterward to use a higher temperature, room temperature, etc.
  • When dying make sure to use a large pot with enough water to cover the item.
  • Choose the right dye for your fabric
  • If tie dying you’ll want rubber bands or the ability to tye knots in your fabric.
  • Know what the instructions say in terms of drying as well, do you use high heat or air dry.

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Are you wondering how to dye polyester?  I used a little bit of food coloring to dye my 100% polyester doilies for spring.

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20 Comments

  1. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love this idea. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Those doilies are perfect for spring! What pretty colors.

  3. I would never have even thought of using food coloring to dye doilies. This is such a fun idea! They look great.

    1. Thank you so much Beverly, next time I’ll use cotton ones so they’ll take the color better πŸ™‚

  4. I have some of these dollies.I was thinking about throwing them out until I saw your post this morning.So now I will use them.

    1. Thank you Carolyn, and I’m so excited you’re going to try this – you’ve made my morning πŸ™‚

  5. These dyed doilies just look like Spring! I love the pastel colors. Thank you for the great idea.

    1. Thank you so much Amy, I’m thrilled you think so πŸ™‚

  6. I love simple crafts – especially when the result is delightful spring decor. Lovely doilies for spring! #MMBC

  7. What a cool idea, and a great way to upcycle doilies!

    Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions!
    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Thank you so much Michelle – it was such a fun project experiment πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Alexandra, so fun to play around with.

  8. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Pleas stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thank you Marilyn and hope you are well, safe, and having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  9. You always come up with the best ideas. You are also a strong person. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.

    1. Thank you so much Barbara, I appreciate your kind words.

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