Ice Dyed Socks

February 16 2018

Now here is a project you can have fun doing (and wearing). By simply sprinkling powdered dye on ice on top of socks, you can create beautiful organic water color effects that are so unique. A really fun project to do yourself or with kids!

  • Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye
  • Cotton White Socks
  • Ice Cubes
  • Cooling Rack
  • Storage Bin or Pan to Catch Dye
  • Spoon
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
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Important: This technique must be done with Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye

  1. Prewash socks in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Gather supplies.
  3. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  4. Wet socks and completely crumple into a small, flat ball.
  5. Place crumpled socks on top of drying rack, over the plastic tub (to catch dripping dye).
  6. Cover fabric completely with ice. Different ice sizes will yield different patterns.
  7. Open dye packages. Use spoon to sprinkle dye on the ice.
    1. More powder will yield darker results.
    2. For more white space, sprinkle dye on as you might sprinkle salt on food. Use very little dye. You will probably think you aren’t using enough, but you are!
  8. Let the ice melt completely through the fabric.
  9. Once melted, we strongly recommend transferring the dyed fabric to a container with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into the white areas. Follow these instructions.

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