By Rit Dye Team
December 27, 2017
Our friend @melodrama couldn’t find the right café curtains for her new kitchen. So, she took matters into her own hands and dyed them with Lemon Yellow dye! Learn how easy it was below!
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
Cafe curtains: cotton
nylon or a blend that does not contain more than 60% polyester
4 gallon pot
large metal spoon
Step By Step
Note: These directions are for the bucket/sink method of dyeing. To dye in the washing machine, visit www.ritdye.com/washingmachine for detailed instructions.
Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.
Estimate the weight of the curtains 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 best results, pre-wash curtains, rinse and leave wet. This will help to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
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 Lemon Yellow dye to water; stir well.
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.
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.
Immerse wet curtains into dyebath. Stir constantly for 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved (up to one hour). Curtains will look darker when wet and prior to washing.
Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following package instructions. Let curtains set in fixative for 20 minutes.
Rinse curtains under cold running water until water begins to run clear. Then wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.