Bucket Dyed Charcoal Grey Sweater

November 7 2017

Refresh an old sweater, clothing item or home decor piece using our All-Purpose Charcoal Grey dye. Using the bucket method, this is a quick and easy dye project for all. Charcoal grey is a beautiful nuetral color that has a timeless look.

  • White sweater in a cotton/rayon or cotton/polyester blend with at least 60% cotton (lighter shades result with polyester)
  • All-Purpose Liquid Dye
  • ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • 4 Gallon bucket or container
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Fabric scrap
  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large metal spoon
  • Old Towel
  • Plastic table cover
  • Salt
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  1. Gather supplies and protect work surface with a plastic table cover.
  2. Estimate the weight of the sweater 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, prewash sweater, 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 (140ºF). If water is not hot enough, heat water in a cook pot or teapot. Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, add ½ cup of Charcoal Grey to water; stir well.
  5. Add 1 cup of salt to dyebath; stir well. Salt helps to intensify the color.
  6. Add squirt of liquid dish detergent. Stir well.
  7. 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.
  8. Immerse wet sweater into dyebath. Stir constantly for 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved (up to one hour). Sweater will look darker when wet and prior to washing.
  9. Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, immediately immerse the dyed sweater into Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative for 20 minutes, following these directions.
  10. Rinse sweater 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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