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Dyed Buttons

Dye Queen

By Dianne Giancola

October 31, 2013


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Rit Liquid or Powder Dye: Any color or mix dye to create a custom color. Colors used in photographs: (Sunshine Orange/ Evening Blue/ Scarlet/ Fuchsia/ Lemon Yellow/ Violet/ Apple Green/ Golden Yellow)

  •    White Buttons

  •    Measuring Cup

  •    Measuring Spoons

  •    Disposable Plastic Containers for dyeing buttons

  •    Spoon for mixing dyes

  •    Rubber Gloves

  •    Plastic Table Cover

  •    Paper Towels

Step By Step

  1. Cover work surface with a plastic table cover. Decide what colors you like and prepare dye according to the basic recipe below. Liquid dyes are more concentrated than powder dyes so use half as much dye. Always test color with fabric scrap or paper towel before dyeing buttons. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water.

  2. Basic Recipe: Measure and mix 1 teaspoon liquid dye or 2 teaspoons powder dye with 1 Cup HOT Water. Shake liquid dyes before measuring. - Water should be about 140°F. If your tap water is not hot enough, heat some in the microwave or a tea kettle.

  3. Pour dye and water into a plastic container; stir. Make sure container is deep enough. Immerse buttons in dye solution for 2 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and check color frequently. Remove buttons when desired color is achieved. - Rinse buttons. Then wash with soap and water, rinse and dry with paper towels.

  4. Buttons add a colorful accent to flower arrangements! Rit Dye colors shown: Lemon Yellow, Golden Yellow, Sunshine, Orange, Apple Green

  5. Muffin pan doubles as a button organizer when working on craft projects. Rit Dye colors shown: Top - Fuchsia, Lemon Yellow, Violet - Bottom: Sunshine Orange, Evening Blue, Scarlet

  • FrannieFlo

    I am only dying a few buttons at a time. Can I store the dye mixture in a glass jar and reuse it later by heating it in the microwave?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The dye can be saved in air tight, sterile containers. You can store the dyebath in a glass jar as long as the lid is on so that it is airtight. When you reuse the dye, you will want to heat it up and stir well on the stove top in a stainless steel pot. If mold occurs, dispose of the dye. You may also need to add in some additional dye when reusing as the first time it is used quite a bit of dye will be absorbed into the fabric and will not reproduce the same color when used again. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend testing a sample to see if it will adhere to your liking. Please let us know if you have any other questions.




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