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The Guilty Crafter's Dye-I-Y studio

By Angela Daniels

March 3, 2015

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Project Description

Giving my tired black and white espadrilles a fresh new look using a mason jar and $2 of Rit dye.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   giant mason jar (from Michaels)

  •   rubber gloves

Step By Step

  1. Start with a pair of cute but a little bland espadrilles.

  2. Gather your supplies. (Optional but highly recommeded: Rit Dye Fixative- I love that stuff. Especially for shoes- it helps keep that dye where it belongs- in the fabric of your shoes).

  3. Add hot water to a giant mason jar. I got my large mason jar from Michaels craft stores.

  4. Add approximately 1/2 a bottle of your favorite liquid Rit Dye. Here I'm using one of the 5 new colors Rit is introducing this spring. It's a nice rich red called "Flame."

  5. Once you've mixed your dye in with the hot water, simply dip your shoes in the jar.

  6. Add the shoes completely in the jar*, and close the jar tightly so you can shake the jar to mimic the agitation of a washing machine. Once you've achieved the color you're going for, pull out the shoes. You can now reserve the mixed dye indefinitely. I keep my pre-mixed dyes under my kitchen counter, pull the out and use them as long as there is enough liquid in the jar for the subsequent projects. *The size of your shoes will determine the size of jar you will need. My shoes are size 7 1/2 and are fairly flexible. This mason jar technique works really well for baby and kid shoes. Dyeing a bunch of shoes in jars is a great baby shower activity, for example. You could do a round of little shoes and then a round of onsies.

  7. Pro-tip: Use Rit Dye Dye Fixative to ensure the richest color results and to prevent any of the color from your shoes rubbing off. For extra assurance, you can follow this step with Scotch-Guard.

  8. And there you are. About $2 worth of dye and you have a "new" pair of shoes!

  • http://www.ritdye.com The Ritsters

    Love how these came out, and such a smart way to dye them too.




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