Lemon Yellow Café Curtains

January 27 2018

Our friend @melodrama couldn’t find the right café curtains for her new kitchen. So, she took matters into her own hands and dyed some white ones herself with Lemon Yellow dye! Learn how easy it was below!

  • Lemon Yellow Rit All-Purpose Dye
  • White Café Curtains (Natural Fabric)
  • ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • 4 Gallon Container
  • Measuring Cup
  • Large Metal Spoon
  • Paper Towel
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Salt
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  1. These directions are for the sink or bucket method of dyeing. You can also dye these in a washing machine.
  2. Cover table with plastic. Gather supplies.
  3. Estimate the weight of the curtains to determine how much dye to use. As a guideline, ½ bottle of liquid dye or 1 box of powder dye will color up to one pound of dry weight fabric.
  4. For best results, prewash curtains, rinse and leave wet. This will help to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  5. 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 1 bottle of Lemon Yellow to water; stir well.
  6. 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.
  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 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.
  9. Recommended: To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following these instructions.
  10. Rinse curtains 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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