Dip Dyed Mommy and Me Shoes

July 10 2019

Every little girl loves to match her mom. Here is a great project to do together that is super simple. Let your daughter pick the color and have fun dipping!

  • White Cotton or Canvas Shoes
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Coral Used Here
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative (Recommended)
  • Plastic Container
  • Electrical Tape
  • Measuring Cup
  • Salt
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Spray Bottle
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
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  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 shoes to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  3. To protect the soles of your shoes from getting dyed, cover the soles with electrical tape.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container or stainless-steel sink with 1.5 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. Pour 2 ounces of well-shaken Coral dye into the dyebath.
  5. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing. Stir well.
  6. 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.
  7. Dip the front end of the shoes into the dyebath. Hold them in the dyebath for approximately 5 minutes. Remove when desired color is achieved.
  8. Recommended: Use Rit ColorStay Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color, increase color retention and prevent dye from bleeding into white areas. Pour fixative into a spray bottle and spray the shoes. Let set for 20 minutes.
  9. Rinse shoes in cool water and hang to dry. Enjoy!
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