How to Doodle Dye Your Converse

May 23 2024

Draw on your designs with the glue resist pen included in the kit and dip dye it to reveal your masterpiece. Use the glue pen on dyed + dried pair following of Chucks to really layer on the colors.

 

Supplies
  • Converse x Rit DIY Kit
  • Container for Dyeing or stainless steel sink
  • Scissors
  • Salt
  • Dish Soap
  • Iron
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Tongs
Time
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Difficulty
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Instructions
  1. Before dyeing, remove any visible stains on the shoes and pre-wash in warm, soapy water without any fabric softener. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Dry shoes completely.
  2. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  3. Remove shoe insoles, laces and set aside.
  4. Cover the All-Star Patch with the sticker included in the kit.
  5. To protect the soles of your shoes from getting dyed, cover with vinyl or electrical tape.
  6. Draw a simple pattern with the glue pen onto Chucks as desired, this will create a resist for the dye.
  7. Allow the glue to dry fully. The more glue you use, the longer it’ll take to dry.
  8. Wearing gloves, fill container with 3 gallons of hot water, ideally 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and carefully add to the dyebath.
  9. Add 1 cup of salt and 1 tsp of dish soap.
  10. Add ½ cup of well-shaken All-Purpose Rit Dye or follow desired color formula recipe and mix well.
  11. Repeat to create additional dyebaths in different colors as desired.
  12. 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.
  13. Once glue is fully dry, dip your Chucks into the dyebath as desired. Alternatively, for precise application, use squeeze bottle or foam brush to apply the dye.

  14. Remove Chucks from dyebath and give it a quick rinse in cool water.
  15. Remove tape from soles immediately and rinse away dye that may have seeped in.
  16. Rinse thoroughly under cold water to remove any unabsorbed dyes and glue residue if applicable.
  17. Wash in cold water with mild detergent and air dry.
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