Bucket Dyed Camel Shirt

January 16 2018
We were shopping at H&M recently and came across this fantastic shirt. We just didn't want it in white. So, we took matters into our own hands and dyed it with our Camel All-Purpose Dye. Using our bucket method, this was a quick and easy dye project. Perfect for a first time dyer!
Supplies
White Shirt
Camel All-Purpose Liquid Dye
ColorStay Dye Fixative
4 Gallon Bucket
Dishwashing liquid
Rubber Gloves
Measuring Cup
Large Metal Spoon
Old Towel
Plastic Table Cover
Salt
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Difficulty
Beginner
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Instructions
  1. Gather supplies and protect work surface with a plastic table cover.
  2. Estimate the weight of the blouse 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 the best results, prewash shirt, rinse and leave wet. This will help to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  4. To prepare dyebath: Fill a large plastic tub or bucket with 3 gallons of 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 Camel 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 blouse into dyebath. Stir constantly for 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved (up to one hour). Blouse will look darker when wet and prior to washing.
  9. Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, immediately immerse the dyed blouse into Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative for 20 minutes, following these directions.
  10. Rinse blouse 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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