Dyed Faux Fur Vest with Rit DyeMore

February 18 2016
Look around when you're shopping, and you're sure to find that synthetic fur vests are very on-trend this season. We found this one on a sale rack, and it was probably there because it was a dirty shade of white. It just needed a spark of color to give it a fresh, new look. The fur was made of 80% acrylic and 20% polyester so we chose Rit DyeMore synthetic dye for this project. Even though the care label recommended "cold wash only," we decided to give it a try using very hot water for the dyeing process. And, it worked!
Supplies
White synthetic fur vest (80% acrylic, 20% polyester blend)
Rit DyeMore Apricot Orange
Tongs
Comb or soft brush
Dishwashing liquid
Large metal spoon
Old towel
Paper towels
Rubber gloves
Stove pot

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Beginner
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Instructions
  1. Here’s a before photo of the white fur vest. Looks a little dull, right?
  2. Always check the care label for the fiber content. The fur was made of 80% acrylic and 20% polyester. The knitted back was 100% acrylic and the lining was 100% polyester. Since acrylic and polyester are synthetic fibers, this dye project called for Rit DyeMore synthetic dye. All-purpose Rit dye will not color these fibers.
  3. To determine how much dye is needed, weigh the vest or estimate the weight. This vest weighed just over 9 ounces. 1 bottle of Rit DyeMore will color up to 2 pounds of dry fabric. For stronger, more intense colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used. Since we wanted a really deep, strong color, we used the whole bottle.
  4. Pre-wash fur vest in warm soapy water and rinse. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  5. Dye Preparation: When using Rit DyeMore, use the Stove Top method. This will ensure a high, steady temperature (about 180F or just below boiling), which is needed to dye synthetics. Fill cook pot with 3 gallons of hot water. Cover pot and heat water to almost boiling. Shake dye bottle. Wearing rubber gloves, pour the bottle of DyeMore into the water along with a squirt of dish washing liquid; stir well.
  6. We love Apricot Orange so that’s the DyeMore color we chose for the fur vest. To test the dye color: Dip a swatch of white cotton fabric or a paper towel into the dye bath to be sure you are satisfied with the color. If the color is too light, add more dye. If the color is too dark, add more water.
  7. Wearing rubber gloves, immerse wet fur vest into dye bath. Stir continuously for 20 to 30 minutes (the first 10 minutes are the most critical). Use tongs to lift and move the fabric around. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches. Keep dye bath at a low simmer.
  8. When satisfied with the color, remove vest from the dye bath. (Remember the color appears lighter when dry.) Squeeze out excess dye. Rinse in cool water until water begins to run clear. Then hand wash in warm, soapy water and rinse. Wrap in an old towel to remove excess moisture. Hang or dry flat.
  9. Here’s the finished fur vest – just love the Apricot Orange color! Tips: I brushed the fur with a soft brush to get all the fibers lying flat and I pressed the knitted sections lightly with a steam iron and press cloth. There was no shrinkage, if anything, the knitted sections stretched out a bit so the pressing helped to restore the shape.
  10. Here’s the finished fur vest – just love the Apricot Orange color!
  11. Tips: We brushed the fur with a soft brush to get all the fibers lying flat and we pressed the knitted sections lightly with a steam iron and press cloth. There was no shrinkage, if anything, the knitted sections stretched out a bit so the pressing helped to restore the shape.
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