Dyed Black Jean Jacket

September 14 2015
We found this cute jean jacket at a local thift store and wanted to give it a new look. The jacket was in good condition but faded and we wanted to pump up the color. Instead of going with the traditional denim blue, we dyed the jacket black and love the results.
Denim jacket
Rit all-purpose liquid dye in black
4 gallon pot
Measuring cup
Large metal spoon
Rubber gloves

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  1. Gather supplies and cover work area.
  2. Boil approximately 3 to 4 gallons of water in a stock pot. Add 1 cup of table salt (salt added to dye helps cottons retain richer colors).
  3. Add 1 full bottle of black Rit liquid dye to the water. Stir well and then add the whole contents of the pot to a kitchen sink. We could have simply added the jacket to the stock pot but the weight of the jacket would have displaced too much of the liquid so we used the sink to give the jacket more room to move freely.
  4. Stir the jacket continuously for about 10 minutes and then stir occasionally for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. After the combined 30 minutes, drain the dye mixture and rinse the jacket in cold water until the water runs clear. Pro-tip: Use Rit Dye Fixative to retain the most color after dyeing and before rinsing.
  6. Next, wash the jacket in a washing machine. Throw in an old towel to wash with the freshly dyed jacket. It helps give the washing machine some weight and you don’t have to worry about any last bit of dye running off onto something special.
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