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We Love Indigo! How to Mix Rit Dyes to Create Indigo Blue.

We love Indigo Blue!

Did you know that blue jeans are Indigo blue? Or that Indigo is the oldest dye used to color fabrics? We’re seeing this color everywhere right now in a variety of patterns, like the ones in the photo.

You can update your wardrobe with Indigo in a snap with a couple of bottles of Rit Dye. The following are three different custom recipes we use to get a dark, intense Indigo blue.

Indigo Blue Dye Formulas from the Rit Studio

Deep Ocean Blue

1 Bottle Evening Blue

½ bottle Navy Blue

3 Gallons of Water

Black Blue

1 Bottle of Denim Blue

¼ bottle of Black

3 Gallons of Water

Purple Blue

1 Bottle of Denim Blue

1/4 bottle of Navy Blue

3 Gallons of Water

Indigo has been dyeing fabric for centuries in India, China, and Africa in several distinct patterns. A popular pattern seen often today is from a fabric folding technique from Japan called Shibori. Fabric is folded into a square and then tied off with wooden blocks and string or rubber bands. We show you how to make that pattern in our Periscope video on dyeing a beach cover up.

Hope you will start enjoying Indigo blue with us!

Indigo Beach Cover Up
Michael Kors jeans
Shibori Pillowcase Beach Bag
  • http://www.ritdye.com Lisa Melton

    What is the formula to make the color lilac?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Dean Nguyen

    Hello, I’ve recently dyed my jean jacket navy but it came out purple. What should I do to achieve a darker jean blue?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Elise Kristensen

    I have an expensive pair of white jeans that I would like to dye “dark rinse”. I do not see anyone talking about dyeing pure white but rather dyeing faded jeans. Will it work with white? I was planning on using Rit Liquid in both black and indigo and following the video for a front loading washer. Will this work or should I abandon the idea?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Elise, Thank you for reaching out. It is best to start with white when dyeing so you have a clean slate per say to start with. To better assist you what is the fabric content of the jeans you are trying to dye? Best instructions for front loader is here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ . Hope this helps.

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  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Dawn,
    Thank you for reaching out. Are you able to remove the different pieces of fabric that need to be dyed from the couch? For optimal results we recommend submerging the fabric in a hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes with continual agitation and then rinsing clean. Each bottle of Rit Dye is good for 1 pound of dry weight fabric and every box is good for 1 pound. We recommend weighing your fabric to guarantee you are using the correct amount of dye. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Black dye can be added to a dyebath to help darken a color. If you want to darken the royal blue by adding black dye, we recommend dipping a paper towel into the dyebath to test the color. Rit offers a color recipe for dark denim using navy blue and black dye that you might find helpful: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Thank you for reaching out. Should you decide to try and re-dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing.
    Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
    Please e-mail us your color request at the following address: colorformula@theritstudio.com
    Please include a picture, the fabric content and the care instructions for the item when you e-mail in your request and we can create you a custom color formula. Hope this helps.

  • kelly

    Hello, I don’t know if you will see this BUT if so id love to know how much dye you needed, how you went about dyeing it (in a washer, or in large tubs?) Was it a sectional or sofa? Did you bleach it out first? I have wanted to do this for a while. thanks so much.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the dye is applied, the excess dye must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye. So sorry for any inconvenience.

      • http://www.ritdye.com S Johns

        the person wrote “cover”, but surely this means SLIPCOVER

        Please reply again, Mrs. RIT?

  • Alicia

    I want to do an indigo but would like the color to look closer to a purple what colors should i use

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Alicia, Thank you for reaching out. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Please send a picture of the color you would like to achieve, along with the fabrics listed on the care tag, to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you.

  • Lori Mac

    Seems it would be cheaper for your customers if you came out with an indigo blue?

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