Dyed Silk Bridal Shoes

June 17 2016

Transform your white bridal shoes with Rit into fun cocktail shoes! You can dye a pair of white shoes to match your bridesmaid gown, or maybe you want to change green shoes you wore in your best friend’s wedding into a more useful color like black. You can do that, too!

  • White Silk Satin Shoes
  • Rit All-Purpose Dye
  • 2 Cup Container
  • 1" Wide Electrical Tape
  • 1" Foam Brush
  • Q-Tips
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scotchguard Fabric Spray
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Measuring Spoons
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. To protect the inside of the shoes from dye, line them with electrical tape. I also put tape along the outside edge of the shoes on the soles and at the back inside of the heels. Then, stuff the toes with paper towels.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, pour 1 tablespoon  of well-shaken Hyacinth into 1 cup of very hot tap water. The water should ideally be 140F.  Stir well. 
  4. To apply dye, dip foam brush into dye. Dab on paper towels. (This will prevent dye from dripping or running.) Then brush dye onto dry shoe, starting in the heel area. I like to start in this area to see how the dye looks and to be sure I’m satisfied. Keep a scrap of fabric handy to wipe off any drips or unwanted dye. Tip: Use Q-tips to apply dye in narrow or hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Continue to brush dye evenly onto the sides and top of the shoe.
    After dipping brush into dye, always dab it on paper towels each time before applying to shoe. Before starting the second shoe, reheat the dye in the microwave as it tends to cool down.
  6. Set shoes on paper towels to dry overnight.
  7. Save dye in case you want to apply a second coat.
  8. Dye will appear lighter when dry. If a second coat of dye is needed, reheat dye in the microwave. Then apply second coat of dye to shoes. (I did this for a darker shade.) Let shoes dry overnight.
  9. To seal and protect the fabric, spray shoes with Scotchgard.
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