Techniques . Spot Dyeing
How to Spot Dye
Spot dyeing is like spot cleaning. Use this technique when you need to color correct or dye a very small amount of fabric.
- Item to dye
- Rit Dye, liquid or powder
- Cotton cloth or cotton swab
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Iron, optional
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic table cover
Step by Step
Cover a flat work area with a piece of plastic sheeting such as a table covering or trashcan liner. Lay the garment flat on the work surface.
Wearing rubber gloves, pour 2 tablespoons Rit liquid dye into 1/2 cup of very hot tap water. We suggest using liquid dye for this technique for its easy, pre-dissolved convenience. If you choose to use powder dye, stir 1 teaspoon into 1/2 cup very hot tap water, 140°F/60°C. Stir to dissolve.
Dip a small corner of a piece of clean cloth into the hot dye, gently squeezing out the excess. Rub the affected area where you wish to apply the dye. For extremely small areas, you can use a cotton swab to apply the dye.
Allow the dye to set for 20 minutes. To further set the dye, press with a hot steam iron. Place a cloth on your ironing board and over the treated areas, then press.
Wash by hand with soap or in a regular cycle in the washing machine, then let hang or machine dry.