Crayon Marker Costume

September 24 2018
No one uses crayons more than your little ones. So why not let them become one this Halloween!?! See how our friend Ashlee behind the Instagram @millermyerandme did this with her kids. Simply dye some white tops and bottoms with one of our colors (or color formulas) and you're kids will get to be their favorite color at last!
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Instructions
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies. 
  2. For best results, prewash clothing to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  3. Our dyes are created based on the premise that they will dye white or light colored fabric the color of the dye. If the clothing you want to dye for this costume has a color and is a natural fabric (i.e. cotton, linen, silk or wool), then you can remove it’s color with Rit Color Remover. Follow these instructions.
  4. If your fabric is natural (i.e. cotton, linen, silk or wool), follow these instructions for using Rit All-Purpose Dye:
    1. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container or stainless steel sink with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
    2. Add desired dye to dyebath.
    3. To enhance the color: (1) add one cup of salt when dyeing fabrics containing cotton, rayon, ramie or linen; (2) add one cup of vinegar when dyeing fabrics containing nylon, silk or wool. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
    4. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
    5. Immerse clothing in dyebath. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
    6. The clothing can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to one hour. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
    7. We recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color, increase color retention and prevent dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these package instructions.
    8. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
    9. Wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  5. If your fabric is synthetic (contains more than 35% polyester, acrylic or acetate), follow these instructions for using Rit DyeMore Dye for Synthetics: 
    1. Wearing rubber gloves, fill steel pot with 3 gallons of very hot water. Heat water on stove to an almost boil. Temperature should ideally be 200ºF or greater. Maintain temperature for duration of dyeing.
    2. Add one bottle of desired dye to dyebath.
    3. To enhance the color, add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
    4. Immerse clothing in dyebath.
    5. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes is the most critical for stirring. The clothing can remain in dyebath from 10 minutes up to 30 minutes. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
    6. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
    7. Wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  6. After top is dry, iron on marker decal.

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