Giving a thrift store shirt an update with fabric dye.
If you were happy with the wrong one, just think how happy you will be when the riht one comes along. – Unknown
THRIFT STORE SHIRT SAGA
The lies I tell myself…..
Have you ever fallen in love with the wrong one?
You knew it wasn’t right, but you decided to go with it anyway?
Whether it’s a home décor item…… that I thought was pretty but just didn’t gel with the other items or, in this case, a shirt that was not my color, it wasn’t a match made in heaven.
See, this girl is capital W…White.
Anywhoooo…I know light colors are just not for me. And yet, I buy a light-colored shirt???????
It will be fine, I say.
I can wear other things with it to make it better.
So, could it be dyed?
I looked at the label and it was 63% Cotton and 37% Polyester. Since the dye is best in over 60% cotton blends, it would be good to try it.
SALVAGE TIP – Always read package directions, fabric requirements, and the item label, before processing your garment.
There are several options, on the package, to process the item. I choose the bucket type method.
THRIFT STORE SHIRT UPDATE WITH DYE
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- Large Bowl (Choose one that can’t get stained or you don’t care about.)
- 1 Package of Rit Dye
- 3 Gallons of Water
- 1 Cup of Salt
- Stir Stick or Spoon
- Rubber Gloves
- Pre-wash fabric.
- Fill a bucket with 3 gallons of hot water.
- Add salt and stir to combine.
- Dissolve dye in 2 cups of hot water. Add to bucket water and stir to mix.
- Wet fabric in hot water before adding to the dye bath.
- Constantly stir for 10-30 minutes or until the desired color is achieved.
- Rinse in warm water, then gradually cooler water, until water runs clear.
- Wash in warm water with mild detergent.
- Dry item in the dryer or on a line.
Now, this is a much better color for me but where am I staring off to?
FABRIC DYE PRO’S
- If you find an item at a thrift store, look to see if you can dye it.
- Have something in your closet that really doesn’t work? Dye it.
- Fabric dye may be able to fix an item that was unintentionally stained.
- Branch out and see what else you can dye…napkins, tablecloths, etc.
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- Thrifted DIY Wood Bead Garland
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