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How to Dip Dye Shoes

Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

June 12, 2017

Project Description

Add some color to your step with Rit! This project is courtesy of This + That. Find them at http://tandtblog.com/blog.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

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You'll Also Need

  •   White Canvas Shoes

  •   Vaseline

  •   Cloth

  •   4 gallon pot

  •   dishwashing liquid

  •   latex gloves

  •   painters tape

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

Step By Step

  1. Start with white shoes. Or, you can overdye most colors of shoes to black. Just remember, you can always go darker, but you can't make a dark color pair of shoes lighter.

  2. If your shoes are NOT white (and are either cotton, linen, rayon, silk), you can try removing the color with Rit Color Remover.

  3. 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.

  4. Gather your supplies and cover your work surface with a plastic table cover. Put tape along the outside edges of the shoes.

  5. Remove sneaker insoles, laces and set aside. Then, brush a thin coat of Vaseline on soles or line with painter's tape. This will block out any dye from adhering to the rubber.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Soak the shoe in the dye for about 2 minutes, depending on how dark/light you want your shoes to be.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Rinse fabric shoes in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear. Hang to dry.

  13. Enjoy!




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