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Colorful Hand Towels

Dye Queen

By Dianne Giancola

September 13, 2013


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   3 White Hand Towels

  •    Dishpan

  •    Rit Liquid Dye - 1 Bottle of Each Color

  •   liquid detergent

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   large metal spoon

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   rubber gloves

  •   salt white vinegar

Step By Step

  1. The fish appliqués on these towels are quite fun, but the white towels are a bit boring. Here's a very quick dyeing technique for instantly adding a splash of color. It doesn't get any easier than this, especially when the fish turn tropical colors! Take a close look at the appliqués. Notice how the fish have changed colors depending upon the color of the dye and the color of the fish appliqué. For example, the fuchsia dye mixes with the yellow fish to make orange and it mixes with the blue part of the fish mixes to create purple. The rules of color mixing apply.

  2. Cover work surface with a plastic table cover.

  3. Weigh the towel on a food scale. The weight tells you how much dye to use. For example, one box of powder dye or ½ cup liquid dye will color 16 ounces of dry weight fabric. This towel weighed 4 ounces so 2 tablespoons of dye were used, but for more intense colors, use more dye.

  4. Prewash towels to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.

  5. Dye Preparation: Wearing rubber gloves, measure and mix dye following recipe below. Add ¼ cup salt and a squirt of dish washing liquid. Stir well.

  6. Choose one color or make all three, dyeing one at a time. 2 Tablespoons Fuchsia, 4 cups hot water. 3 Tablespoons Lemon Yellow, 4 cups hot water. 2 Tablespoons Aquamarine, 4 cups hot water.

  7. Pour dye solution into a dishpan or bucket. Add 1 gallon very hot water; stir well. (Test the color by dipping a paper towel or scrap of fabric in the dye bath. If color is too dark, add more water. If it is too light, add more dye.)

  8. Wet towel in warm water; wring out excess water. Immerse towel in dye bath for 10 minutes, stirring continuously for first few minutes. The longer the towel is in the dye bath, the darker the color will be.

  9. Rinse towel in cool water until water runs clear. Then wash with warm water and detergent; rinse and dry




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