How To Dye Gray Fabric
Have you ever though of dyeing your shirt gray? For some reason gray fabric is a very elegant color for something formal or casual. It’s a cross between white and black which put it in the middle between looking pure and professional.
Aside from that, most people would think that it’s a pretty much difficult job to dye your shirt into gray fabric. In order to get the desired shade of gray you would have to use a certain shades of black dyes and process it in a special way. But is it really that difficult? Here are the steps that you can follow in order to dye your fabrics into a beautiful gray shade:
- Gather your materials such as the fleece fabric that you are going to dye, a weighing scale, the dye you are going to use, gloves to wear in order to protect your hands from staining, a bucket, salt, and an apron to protect the clothes you’re wearing. You can use any kind of fabric such as a cotton shirt, a quilting fabric, or any cheap fabric that you want to dye. You would also need a dye activator in order to trigger the dye to take its effect.
- Weigh all the fabric that you are planning to dye.
- Scour the fabric by having it machine wash in hot water.
- Protect your hands with a pair of gloves and protect what you’re currently wearing by putting on the apron.
- In order to get the pale shade of gray, use a teaspoon of the black dye powder with every pound of the fabric that you weighed.
- If you want a medium shade of gray, use 3 teaspoons for every pound, and then for a darker gray, use 6 teaspoons of dye for every pound of fabric.
- With every pound of fabric that you measured, use 2 cups of room temperature water and then dissolve all the dye you need in there.
- Now in preparing for the dye bath, you would need a bucket of water. The formula for the water that you need would be 2 and a half gallons of water is to each pound of fabric that you are going to dye.
- Now get the salt and mix it with the bucket of water. For a lighter gray use 1 lb. of salt, 1 and a half-pound for medium, and for a darker gray use 2 lbs. of salt.
- Mix everything including the dye.
- Dump the fabric that you are going to use into the mixture and stir it for 15 minutes.
- Now mix the dye activator into warm water, (5 tablespoons for light to medium shades of gray, and 7 tablespoons for darker grays), remove the shirt from the bucket, and then mix it into the bucket.
- After mixing, put the fabric back in.
- Replace the solution every 3 hours until you get the shade you desire. Rinse the fabric and then let it dry.
So why buy some gray shirt from the fabric store if you could dye some old clothes yourself and turn that white fabric into a gray fabric? Save more money and release your creativity as well. Dye your own clothes with any color you want.