How to Mix Fabric Dyes

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you're dyeing clothing, fake flowers, a rug, blankets or even curtains, you want to find the perfect colour. There are many colours to choose from, and fabric dyes can be purchased for only a few dollars from a craft store. If you don't see the exact shade you want, don't despair. Liquid fabric dyes can be mixed together to create new shades, and there's an easy online tool to create a flawless colour.

Determine what colour you want to dye your fabric. Access the "Color Formula Guide" on the Rit Dye website.

Click on the colour group that you like best. For example, if you'd like to dye your fabric a butter yellow, you would select "Yellow 2;" for deep pink, select "Red-Violet."

Choose the specific colour you want to create from the palette within the colour group. For example, for deep pink you would choose "Red-Violet #131." When you click on the specific shade you want to create, a shade recipe will appear. Purchase the dyes recommended in the recipe.

Pour the liquid dye amounts into a medium-sized bowl. For example, for deep pink, pour 1 teaspoon fuchsia and 1/2 teaspoon violet into the bowl. Add 1 cup of water to the bowl as well.

Stir the dye thoroughly using a stainless steel spoon. When finished, the dye can be added to hot water to create a dye bath for fabric to soak in.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 to 4 liquid fabric dye colours
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • 1 cup water
  • Stainless steel spoon
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