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.
How To Dye Polyester Fabric Video
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 in the dye solution.
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.
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 also use them as placemats if you have larger doilies.
How To Dye Polyester Video
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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.