By Rit Dye Team
June 12, 2017
Add some color to your step with Rit! This project is courtesy of This + That. Find them at http://tandtblog.com/blog.
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
White Canvas Shoes
4 gallon pot
plastic table cover
Step By Step
Make sure you are using the right type of Rit dye. These shoes are cotton so this fabric calls for the traditional Rit dye. If the shoes contain a synthetic material like polyester, acetate or acrylic,use Rit DyeMore for Synthethics.
Fill bucket with 3 gallons of very hot tap water. Note: If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a tea kettle or in the microwave. Wearing rubber gloves, shake dye bottle and pour 1/2 cup of dye into the water. Since the shoes are cotton, add 1 cup of salt. Lastly, add a squirt of dishwashing liquid.
Stir well. Test dye color with some paper towel to be sure you are satisfied. Note: If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
Soak the shoe in the dye for about 2 minutes, depending on how dark/light you want your shoes to be.
Repeat the previous step; staggering the length of your dip along the shoes so that the lightest shade starts at the tongue and the darkest shade is at the tip of the toes.
Take a damp cloth and gently rub the color, blurring any harsh lines to create a smooth transition from light to dark. Dip the cloth into a watered down cup of dye if need be.
To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. Pour fixative into a spray bottle and spray the shoes. Let set for 20 minutes.