Bucket Dyed Charcoal Grey Throw Blanket

November 6 2017

Do you have a favorite throw blanket that is looking worn or do you want to add a second blanket in a new color? We used our new color Charcoal Grey to dye a simple white throw blanket and we can’t get enough of the finished product. The color is beautiful and it’s the perfect home accessory for the fall! The charcoal grey color coordinates well with other neutrals like white, black, brown, shades of blue and pretty much any accent color. This color is timeless, chic and will never go out of style. Learn how to transform a simple white throw blanket using the bucket method below.

  • White Throw Blanket: (Fabric blend that does not contain more than 60% polyester)
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Charcoal Grey
  • 4-Gallon Plastic Tub or Bucket
  • Measuring Cup
  • Plastic or Metal Stirring Spoon
  • Salt (If using cotton, linen and/or rayon fabrics)
  • White Vinegar (if using silk, wool and/or nylon fabrics)
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Mild Detergent
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative (recommended)
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  1. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.
  2. Estimate the weight of the throw to determine how much dye to use. As a guideline, ½ bottle liquid dye or 1 box of powder dye will color up to one pound of dry weight fabric. For darker colors, double the amount of dye used.
  3. For best results, pre-wash throw, rinse and leave wet. This will help to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  4. To prepare dyebath: Fill large plastic tub or bucket with 3 gallons very hot tap water (140F). If water is not hot enough, heat water in a cook pot or teapot. Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add 1 bottle Charcoal Grey dye to water; stir well.
  5. For best results, add 1 cup of salt to dyebath if dyeing cotton, rayon or linen. Add 1 cup of vinegar to dyebath if dyeing nylon, silk or wool. This helps to intensify the color. Then add a squirt of liquid dish detergent. Stir well.
  6. Test dye color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water.
  7. Immerse wet throw into dyebath. Stir constantly for 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved (up to one hour). Throw will look darker when wet and prior to washing.
  8. Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following package instructions. Let throw set in fixative for 20 minutes.
  9. Rinse throw under cold running water until water begins to run clear. Then wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry. 
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