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How to Dye Fabric With Food Coloring

Creating your own clothing is a fun and rewarding experience. With the proper preparation, dyeing fabric is a fun project that anyone can do at home. The most important things to keep in mind when creating your own colored fabrics is the choice of fabric, your desired color and the intensity of that color.

  1. First: Choose the color

    The first thing to do when dyeing fabric is to pick the color of the dye. Dyes come in many different colors and this is often a bit intimidating. It is important to remember that if you cannot find the color you desire, it is possible to mix different dyes to create new colors. It is easy to control the intensity or saturation of the color by either adding more dye or watering down the existing dye to create a lighter color.

  2. Second: Choosing the proper fabric

    Choosing the proper fabric is very important. You should look for something that holds dye well. Great choices are cotton or a cotton blend, and some synthetic fabrics also hold dye well enough for this purpose. Fabrics such as burlap, jean material and other course materials are best avoided, as they will not hold the dye very well. It is also important to take into account the color you have chosen: if the dye is a lighter color, then a dark fabric is a poor choice. Often the best color of fabric to use as a base is white.

  3. Third: Dye the fabric

    The last step is to apply the dye to the fabric. You can do this by applying it with an applicator, or by soaking the fabric in a solution of the dye. After the dyeing is complete, let the fabric dry on a flat surface.